April 14, 2008, - 12:50 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Well, in this case, neither polygamist walks into a bar (or isn’t supposed to, anyway), because their respective religions proscribe alcohol consumption.
But the two polygamists are treated quite differently. And it’s all about PC.
I’m talking about the Texas compound that, last week, was raided by authorities, and over 400 kids seized and put in foster homes or shelters with the women from the compound. The area–populated by followers of Warren Jeffs’ extremist Mormon splinter group, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints–was said to be dominated by men with multiple wives, men who are age 50 and older having sex with teen girls.
Whose “Reprogramming” is Vital to Our National Security: Theirs . . .
Or Theirs? . . .
Press accounts have said that the kids, particularly the girls, need to be “deprogrammed” from this religion, and that it is abusive, polygamist, and unconscionable in its “rapist” behavior toward young teens. Oh, and they dress in quaint, modest clothing. Can you imagine hearing representatives from the state saying this about say, a certain religion whose name begins with an “I” and ends with an “M”, with an “S-L-A” in the middle?:
Now, if the state gets its way, hundreds of children could be put in foster homes, in what could be a wrenching cultural adjustment that may require intensive counseling.
“What they are up against is having to deprogram an entire community.”
The story is dominating the news, unlike another religion that regularly does the same thing in far greater numbers all over America, and all over the world.
While I agree with all of that–that the behavior and conduct is wrong, you could say the exact same thing about another compound dominated by an extremist religion whose middle-aged men have multiple wives, have sex and kids with underaged women, and are “programmed” to be abused. The compound is called “Dearbornistan” and the religion is Islam.
The only difference: While the behavior of the Jeffs’-associated polygamists is abhorrent, 19 of their fellow co-religionists didn’t slaughter 3,000 Americans, and thousands more haven’t tried and/or succeeded at other attacks. And millions of their fellow co-religionists haven’t professed their love of those who vow destruction of America.
So, tell me, where should the FBI and the federal government be focusing its attention . . . Islamic America or the far minor and less threatening Warren Jeffs’ America? They haven’t even found the alleged 16-year-old who tipped off law enforcement and made the alleged complaint.
When Muslim women in Dearbornistan, some aged 12 and younger, have kids with 50-year-olds with several wives, authorities look the other way and say “it’s okay because they’re married ‘in the eyes of the mosque,’ and this is how it’s done in their religion.” There was once a statutory rape case involving an underaged Muslim girl who gave birth in Dearborn to the child of a Muslim man decades her senior. But that was the result–the case was dropped because “the mosque says it’s okay.” And there have been no other cases like it prosecuted in Dearborn.
Two very similar religions . . . two very different treatments by legions of federal agents and the law enforcement policy-makers from above.
I know who needs to be de-programmed and reprogrammed. And it’s not just women in bonnets, gingham dresses, and braided, long hair in Texas.
So, how to get the government off the Jeffs’ cult followers’ backs?
Well, they need to hijack some planes with box-cutters for starters . . . .
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