Doesn’t it give anybody the creeps to realize that once again the government has raided a church? This time a state government, but a government, all the same. And it’s all because one girl is said to have called with a scary story about having been raped and yet, apparently, cannot be found to verify the report.

It would be correct to be concerned about that girl, but I do not believe this is about concerns for her safety. I think it is once more like a test to see whether the government can attack a religious institution with impunity – something like the Branch Davidians in Waco, but without actually killing anybody this time.

Sure, the propaganda makes the congregation of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints seem odd, even strange, weird and out of step with mainstream society. And it is right to attend to concerns of the well-being of children. But a raid with police wearing body armor, toting automatic weapons and backed by an armored personnel carrier? Isn’t that a little over the top? And based on no more evidence than one kid’s unsupported phone call?

My wife and I know a couple whose teenage boy, a few years ago, called the police when they grounded him for smoking marijuana and running around with unsavory gang types. He tried to bring criminal charges against them with wild accusations. Fortunately, the cops who arrived were experienced, found out who his “friends” were who he got the drugs from, listened to what the parents told them and told the kid he was lucky to have parents who cared so much about him.

But this wild dramatization? You think this is OK? Don’t you see what it is? Aren’t you scared yet? Not even worried?

Automatic weapons, body armor, armored personnel carrier? What were they afraid of? That somebody might pray at them?

I read one article that claimed the kids were brainwashed. Really? Who is brainwashed when an entire population does not rise up in anger at the state’s grabbing several hundred children who were apparently not complaining, taking them from their parents and turning them over to psychologists or social workers, or whatever they want to call themselves, because of one unproven and unsubstantiated complaint from one child?

Not questioning that is what I call brainwashed.

Why didn’t they raid the Catholic churches where all the child abuse of the last decade or so has been reported and publicized in the news media? Is it because the Catholic church is too well established, and has too many members all over the world, and the members of this sect are a small splinter group of the larger LDS church and have no large following to protect them? I’m not saying it shouldn’t be investigated, but all this sound and fury and shouting and tumult and invading homes and separating families without even any actual evidence of a crime? One single claim of a crime, at that.

Did you ever read Pastor Martin Niemöller’s little poem?

    First They Came for the Jews

    First they came for the Jews,
    and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for the communists,
    and I did not speak out because I was not a communist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for me,
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    – Pastor Martin Niemöller

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