|Re: FLDS phone call to CPS a hoax?
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Author: Just James Date: Apr 11, 2008 15:44
Red Davis wrote:
> So, I have a good friend tell me that the original phone call to CPS
> down there in Texas is probably a hoax. That CPS officials never
> attempted to determine if the calling phone number belonged to a
> member of the FLDS compound, and that many of the facts stated within
> the phone call have turned out to be false. The "16 year-old girl"
> apparently does not exist. Right now, Texas CPS and other officials
> are trying to form a PR response attempting to explain how they fell
> for such a hoax (e.g., the original call from the "16 year old girl"
> was a fake).
> Now, I do not support the FLDS lifestyle. I believe that polygamy is
> wrong. If anyone abused a child (emotially, sexually, physically)
> they should go to jail, and the key should be thrown away. I would
> prefer that all who live wihin the YFZ Ranch were to embrace other
> beliefs and lifestyles.
> But, what if the original phone call turns out to be a hoax as I am
> being told? Has an entire town had its 400+ children removed due to
> religious bigotry of Texas' CPS officals too eager to oppress a
> religious body based upon what turns out to be a hoax?
> Are all 400+ children abused? Are all the men and women in that Ranch
> abusers? Do they all collectively pay for the actions of a few? What
> justifies removing all children from their homes?
> Again, I do not support their religion, or their lifestyle. If the
> original complaint turns out to be true -- the perpetrator should get
> the maximum term in prison. However, we are still a nation of laws,
> aren't we? Since when do we require that people prove they are
> innocent and assume they are guilty?
> -Red Davis
Forgive me is I doubt you know anyone with "inside" information. I
think it was already being postulated that the original call was a hoax.
That being said, how would they have tracked it to see if it was a
hoax? Should they have sat back waiting to see? My point here is, if
there was the presumption of a present danger, the authorities had to act.
Now, I do not think all those people are bad and I feel sorry for all
the families that are being separated. Hopefully those who are innocent
can be reunited. One thing though, it was reported that beds were found
in their "temple" and it appears sex was ritualized. Religious thinking
like this can lead good people to do bad things if they think it is
"I think you're over analyzing it, but that's typical of people who
place their trust in man's intellect alone. Children understand faith."
G.West - S.P.A.M. LdS