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ACLU done pissed me off.

I am really quite angry with the Texas ACLU for claiming that religious fanatics have a constitutional right to have sex with children. Texas legally defines children as under 17 years of age. This hits me right where I live. I'm so angry I just don't know how to speak in a civilized tone of voice. After I calm down and do some more research on this, I think that I need to send a letter to Ms. Terri Burke, executive director of the Texas Chapter of the ACLU and express my disapproval in very strong terms. Info here and here,

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josette
May. 8th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
http://www.aclutx.org/article.php?aid=568
http://www.aclu.org/religion/gen/35123res20080502.html

They are merely bitching about due process being violated, they are not addressing the age of consent thing or the religion thing. Can you take kids from a family first and ask questions later? Is 14 days enough time for the state to prove their case? Is being with your mom "in danger"? Can they court order DNA testing of over 400 kids because they feel like verifying information? Parentage is not in question as far as I know. How does the state of Texas handle teen moms that don't live in a religious compound? They have to do what they do within the limits of the law, or the law is meaningless. It's not an easy case, but the ACLU will defend anyone regardless of how they agree or not politically. They defended Jerry Falwell's right to buy property in Lynchburg, that he was being discriminated against and no law was in place limiting who could buy what where.

I hate what happened and that it happened in the name of religion, but there are no easy answers here.
lizzibabe
May. 8th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
but I don't think that due process was being violated. The authorities recieved a call that something was going on. Whether or not this person was actually in the compound is immaterial. Texas authorities had no way of knowing, and they acted in good faith. The call gave them the power to go in and check things out. When they got there, they found evidence of people underage in danger and then they took further action.
josette
May. 9th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
I don't know the scope of the warrant, so I'm not sure if they were out of line or not. Taking 400 kids from one phone call of one person in danger seems a bit much. Due process may or may not have included every home being searched. If you belong to this group, we search you, sounds like it hits the edge of discrimination. Search warrants are generally narrow in scope and I'm not sure what they had permission to do on their warrant. I'm not defending any of the stuff that was going on but certain combinations of kid + parent might not have triggered sexual abuse. They took ALL the kids from ALL the mothers as far as I can tell.
lizzibabe
May. 9th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
You may be right. I just need to think some more about it and read up more about it. My brain went into overdrive over the knee-jerk reaction of "ACLU SUPPORTS CHILD ABUSE!!!"
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