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Tough custody decisionPosted Saturday, May 31, 2008, at 2:37 PM
Should the children of parents belonging to the polygamist sect in Texas be returned to their parents, as the state's supreme court has ruled?
I tend to think 'no' based on the allegations of sexual abuse by The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which denies the claims.
But how much of a "church," as compared to a "cult," is this group? The court may have had this in mind, along with the judges' belief that abuse had only been proven against five children.
News reports indicate the FLDS teaches that polygamy brings glorification in heaven. Federal law states that polygamy is illegal.
Quite a contrast.
Child custody cases are tough enough to handle without bringing the added consideration of parents' religious beliefs.
I think any child's welfare should always come first. As far as religious beliefs which go against the law, let these children make their own decisions on that as adults.
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