Monday, April 07, 2008

Hey, Mark Shurtleff, *THIS* is what helping children looks like

Dear Mr Attorney General:

I just wanted to share with you a news story I have been following this week:

SAN ANGELO, Texas - Authorities say more than 400 children have been taken from a polygamist compound and placed in state custody as they continue to investigate whether one of them had been an underage bride.

Authorities have uncovered the equivalent of a small town on the 1,700-acre property in rural West Texas they raided last week. They say 133 women left the compound voluntarily and that an unknown number of men remained there and are not free to leave.

Child Protective Services spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner says she believes the operation is the biggest of its kind in Texas. She was also involved in the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco.

A girl's report to authorities last week that she was abused led to last week's raid.

In fact, many of these same people have been living here in Utah for a long time, having only recently relocated to Texas.

This is the same group that Warren Jeffs has led here in our fine state.

Child Polygamy is the elephant in the room. Everyone knows it goes on here, but it seems like you aren't willing to help those kids.

I attended a meeting a few months ago at the Capitol where a couple of members of your staff were willing to allow me to put myself and thousands of others at risk of being a victim of identity theft in exchange for possibly helping slow the rate of child pornography in a way that they were unable to show existed to begin with.

All I heard from their corner of the room was how mch they wanted to "help the children."

However, I haven't seen your office do too much to help the children of these polygamous families. Instead, you look the other way, until a high-profile case comes up. Then you stand in front of the cameras and proclaim how great you are.

Meanwhile, even with Warren Jeffs sitting in the Purgatory Correctional Facility, children are still being forced into marriages. You can stand there and look proud all you want, but you still haven't done anything on the subject.

In Texas, they seem to know how to get things done. They've removed the children from the problem while they investigate, not leave them there after they've found a problem.


P.S. -- That's a very craptastic reelection web site you have there.


Tom Grover said...

Actually, that Texas raid doesn't look like it's helping anyone. It looks like the 1953 Short Creek Raid. You'd think officials would be smart enough to not repeat history.

I applaud our Attorney General and the careful yet aggressive way he has sought to eliminate the problems in the FLDS community without destroying families or their Church. The authorities in Texas are clueless

Jordan's grandma said...

Great point!

It's time for a new Attorney General. To have the top attorney in the state confused as to what the law says and whether it should be acted on is unbelieveable. I know I'm not an attorney, but as average citizen, can I choose which laws I want to live?

Mark Shurtleff wants to take credit for the roundup in Texas because of what he's done, or not done. By his statements, it seems they would have felt safer here, because his office wasn't going to do anything to them anyway.