A Texas appeals court ruled today that state child welfare authorities had no right to seize dozens of children living at the ranch of a polygamist religious sect, saying they were in no immediate danger of abuse.It isn't necessary to have any respect for the beliefs of any LDS cult, "fundamentalist" or otherwise, to recognize that one kind of wrong does not justify a far worse wrong: that which our supervisors practice against us every day. Only occasionally does the wrong perpetrated by the "legal" gangsters who feed from our taxes become spectacular enough to be deemed newsworthy by the modern lapdog press. It goes on all the same, though.
The 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin ruled in favor of 48 mothers seeking the return of more than 130 children who had been living at a ranch near Eldorado, Tex., associated with the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
An attorney for the women said the ruling is likely to become a precedent for other mothers seeking the return of the 468 children in all who were taken from the ranch last month by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
In due course, I suppose some "higher" court yet will reverse the appellate court in Austin, and the State will continue its work. Meanwhile ... who knows? It's pleasant to see a "Department of Family and Protective Services" (ha!) and the tame judge who served as its cat's-paw get smacked upside the head, if only temporarily.