Back when the story of the FLDS compound in Texas that was raided because young girls had been subjected to sexual abuse, I was worried this might happen … given that Texas is the buckle of the Bible Belt where religious extremism is generally viewed positively. Well, it happened:

The state of Texas should not have removed children from a polygamist sect’s ranch because it didn’t prove that they were in “imminent danger,” an appeals court ruled Thursday. …

In its ruling, the Texas 3rd District Court of Appeals decided in favor of 38 women who had challenged the removals and appealed a decision last month by a district judge that the children remain in state custody.

“The existence of the FLDS belief system as described by the department’s witnesses, by itself, does not put children of FLDS parents in physical danger,” the three-judge panel said.

Hmm. I’d be interested in knowing exactly how a theology that says that girls must be married and become pregnant as soon as possible in life, can possibly be considered “safe” for them … I mean, really! How could such thinking result in anything other than the abuse of said girls, and the wanton violation of consent laws?

I guess the Texas courts are angling, now, in the direction of a religious exemption to laws on child abuse and consent laws. Good luck, Texas; you’ll need it!

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