Second Thoughts about Sect?

The Dallas Morning News

December 27, 2008

Re: "12 girls at ranch sexually abused, CPS says -- 'Spiritual' marriages cited; sect spokesman slams agency's report," Wednesday news story.

State officials who raided an insular, secretive, polygamous sect have been criticized for numerous alleged missteps.

But now comes the news that nearly two-thirds of the 262 children at the compound were abused or neglected.

Armchair quarterbacks with the benefit of hindsight can always find some fault in details about others' actions.

However, it's crucial to remember the big picture here: Some innocent kids were no doubt spared harm by the intervention of Texas authorities in this tragic situation.

Other kids now better understand how they have been and are being exploited. Their recovery and escape from this manipulative sect may well be speeded up.

Finally, other sick "spiritual" figures may well be deterred from similar exploitation and crimes by the fear of being arrested and charged.


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