The Texas Polygamist Raid: Religious Freedom Versus Child Welfare

The Texas Polygamist Raid: Religious Freedom Versus Child Welfare

by Katie Marsico
     
 

Founded in the 1930s, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) came under the scrutiny of the U.S. government for its practice of plural marriage. In April 2008 Texas law-enforcement officials and child-welfare authorities investigated reports of sexual misconduct involving minors at the FLDS Yearning for Zion Ranch. The Texas

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Founded in the 1930s, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) came under the scrutiny of the U.S. government for its practice of plural marriage. In April 2008 Texas law-enforcement officials and child-welfare authorities investigated reports of sexual misconduct involving minors at the FLDS Yearning for Zion Ranch. The Texas Polygamist Raid: Religious Freedom versus Child Welfare explores the perspectives of those who sought to protect the children at the ranch, as well as those who saw the importance of safeguarding the group's religious freedom.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Is it more important to guard religious groups' constitutional rights or to protect children affiliated with those communities from potentially abusive situations shaped by leaders' spiritual beliefs? This volume in the "Perspectives On" series focuses on events associated with authorities intervening at the Yearning for Zion Ranch (YFZ), affiliated with the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), located near Eldorado, Texas. Six chapters chronologically elaborate aspects of this complex, provocative issue. A March 2008 phone call to a hotline from a teenage girl living at YFZ saying she was abused (her identity was later proven fraudulent) triggered Child Protective Services personnel and Texas Rangers to secure warrants to search that 1,700 acre ranch and remove children in early April. Fifty-first District Court Judge Barbara Walther ordered the state secure custody of 439 children and some mothers, including pregnant teenagers, so they could be fingerprinted and DNA samples tested to clarify identities and relationships. YFZ mothers and leaders protested, writing Texas Governor Rick Perry and U.S. President George W. Bush to seek their help. Texas Third Court of Appeals judges stated insufficient proof existed for authorities to retain the YFZ children. Texas Supreme Court justices concurred that the YFZ children should be taken back to the ranch. Sidebars focus on legislation forbidding polygamy and conflicts between the federal government and religious groups. Quotations reveal varying perspectives of adults and youths within the FLDS community and outsiders. Contains photographs, timeline, notes, and bibliography useful for writing papers and debate preparation. Read with novels Shelley Hrdlitschka's Sister Wife (2008) and Michele Dominguez Greene's Keep Sweet (2010). Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608704491
Publisher:
Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Perspectives on Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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