Note–This isn’t a happy, cheerful post about kittens and daisies. It’s an angry post about religious freedoms. If you prefer to keep things of this nature out of your mind then it would be best to skip this post and simply read the others.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I am outraged at the way our government is treating the FLDS ladies and children. In America we are innocent until proven guilty. Every child protection agency in our country gives us lip service that it’s their intent to keep families together whenever possible. Yet the courts have already assumed these ladies are guilty and taken away their children.
I am a religious woman. I dress plainly and wear a headcovering most of the time. I look different from mainstream America. Why do I do it? Because the bible commands me, as a Christian, to be separate from the rest of the world.
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.
I show my separation through my my behavior, my words and my dress. Yes, I am submissive to my husband. He is the authority in our household. I am not submissive to all men. I do not think men are inherently more valuable or intelligent than women. The bible specifically instructs women to submit to their own husbands as unto the Lord.
Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Colossians 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
Submitting to my husband in no way makes me brainwashed. It doesn’t make me less of a person, or display my lack of value. On the contrary, I am especially valuable and God’s instructions are evidence of how special I am to Him. Yes I dress funny, but this also is evidence of my value. The bible instructs us to dress modestly and says specifically that women should have long hair.
1 Timothy 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.
1 Corinthians 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
When I see these beautiful, virtuous, Christian women being persecuted by the state and I read that their children are being forced into foster care, because their parents have shielded from the world, the way the bible instructs us to, I am so angry I can’t think straight. I honestly find myself at a loss for words.
I don’t agree with all of the tenets of Fundamental Mormonism. As a Fundamental Independent Baptist I differ with them on many issues. Be that as it may, they are fellow women in Christ. They are following the Bible in many ways and I respect them for that because I know how hard it is to be a religious weird-o in our modern world.
While there are definite doctrinal differences, I still identify with these ladies. I homeschool my children. I teach them things that the Government probably doesn’t want them to know, like the Constitution, and the role that Christianity has played in the foundation of our country. I teach them how far we have strayed as a nation from our Founding Father’s original intentions. I teach them that Religious Persecution is WRONG! And I am old enough to realize that if our country persecutes Fundamental Mormons today, that Fundamentalist of all faiths are in danger of being persecuted tomorrow.
I believe that Christians, as a group, have an obligation to protect others religious freedoms because if we don’t protect theirs, who will protect ours? By making it illegal for FLDS to practice their faith openly we are fostering an environment of secrecy and darkness which promotes abuse in the first place. When a man (Warren Jeffs) sets himself up as God, there will be consequences. God will see to that. But that is God’s job, not the government’s. Persecuting these people, instead of allowing them to live openly, merely tightens the hold Jeffs has over them. It confirms his authority instead of diminishing it; forcing the women deeper into secrecy instead of allowing them to blossom in the light.
I remember the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas and how the government seized their compound in part to “protect the children.” Several days later I witnessed the compound go down in flames as the government, who claimed they were protecting the children, burned them to a cinder with the same efficiency that Nazi’s incinerated children in concentration camps.
I do not trust the government to have these children’s best interest in mind. I think they have political motivations, which are not universally well intended. My government is betraying it’s people. Ebbing away at our fundamental rights a little at a time, and expecting us to turn a blind eye. It reminds me of a story I heard in high school about a girl who was dating this guy. He kept trying to bring down her defenses, wearing away at them day after day. Finally he begged her “Just the tip, that’s all.” She acquiesced, and that was the end of her virtue. The government is begging us, “just the tip, that’s all, nothing more.” Scientist tell us the tip of the iceberg, the part we can see, is the smallest part. It’s the part we can’t see that we need to worry about.
Luke 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.