By now you’ll have heard about the Mormon splinter sect in Texas that was accused of a forced, under-age marriage and how, in consequence, the state of Texas raided and took away all
416 437 kids.
Guy Murray has been doing yeoman’s work in tracking down information about the sect and the raid.
My own opinion, for what little its worth–Texas would probably have been overreaching if the state had grabbed all the teenage girls but that kind of overreach would have been understandable. But grabbing all the kids is just tyranny and oppression. I’m probably a little sensitive because of our own history of being persecuted for the faith; because of shame over our own initial handling of the children at Mountain Meadows; and because in our own day public intellectuals have called religious upbringing child abuse.
Update: I changed 416 to 437. See comment #111.