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Polygamist Sect

Women of the Sect – Do You Feel For Them?

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about the polygamist sect that was unveiled in Texas where over 400 children were taken into Child Protective Services custody.

If you need a refresher,


Authorities received a phone call from a 16-year-old girl who claimed to be trapped inside Yearning For Zion Ranch. According to a CNN report:

The teen bride said she was in an abusive "spiritual" marriage to an older sect member, the documents stated. She reported that she was the man's seventh wife and had been beaten and choked.

Then with a search warrant in hand, law enforcement officers invaded the premises and took the children into custody.

The parents of the minors are visibly upset that their babies have been taken away from them. If the children are indeed being abused, then I believe the authorities have done the right thing.

When given the choice to return to the ranch or remain with their children in a safe house, only a small portion chose the latter.

Do you empathize with the women?

blooditsnotfunny blooditsnotfunny 9 years
It is so terrible that even kids who weren't abused are now going to be in foster homes where they will definitely be abused. Foster care is not a good alternative.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I dont feel sorry for these women at all, its the kids that get my sympathy, and the DCF workers who have to coordinate care and living arrangements for them
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
I haven't been living under a rock, just not living in the USA. However, I feel very badly for the children. The women should not have offered up their daughters like that!!! It makes my stomach knot sad!!
Indigo4320 Indigo4320 9 years
Indigo4320 Indigo4320 9 years
This makes me so sick. No sympathy or pity from me. These people were wrong for living their lives this way. It's illegal in most states and for a clear reason. Polygomy is just an excuse for a horny old man to get to screw as many women as possible...excuse me, as many FEMALES as possible b/c some of these females are too young to be considered women.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
yes. this is a cult and they aren't capable of making the leap required by free will to leave it EVEN to be with their children. the men should be charged with the crimes, they were free to come and go from the compound as they choose. the women here were basically tresated like slaves. horrible situation. and btw, this is not what the church of LDS had in mind way back when they practiced polygamy. those wives all had their own homes and there weren't enough men to go around. my bff is a mormon and they are just like the rest of us :)
BlairBear BlairBear 9 years
No sympathy at all from me. I can't see how these women can serve up their daughters to these older men and also that when their sons reach puberty, they get kicked out because they are competition for them. They have to know that it is wrong, even more since it probably happened to them. Yes it may be their religious belief that this is what they're supposed to do but come on, these are children! They are supposed to protect them. And yes, I may be putting them all in the same group but that is what will happen to these kids if they stayed.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I feel bad for them - they are making the choices they think are right that affect their children. They feel there is a very real threat to their children's souls and eternal lives. They believe in their religious choices. Their children are scared, and they don't trust the outsiders. Also, they aren't being judged individually, but as a group. I know it is hard work, but to condemn them all without a case against each seems wrong. Oh, and I don't think they were being savvy with the nonresponses - I was thinking that anyone who hasn't dealt with FLDS would think they were nervous or avoiding... that is how everyone around there is... they are so shut off from the world that they have their own way of acting and speaking, their mannerisms are really striking...
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I agree with jennifer76!
graylen graylen 9 years
I don't believe that they were given that choice. They may have been given that choice to begin with, but now if the child is older than 4, the mother cannot stay, and they are about to send back the mothers of the young children as well. I do feel bad for them in the sense that they are mothers whose children have been taken away. I believe that would be heartbreaking for any mother. It's a cult like community- they are raised and taught to believe they are doing the right thing. I feel bad for them if they truly believe they are doing no wrong... though that certainly doesn't make it right. I imagine the children are terrified being in an unknown place, especially since they are taught to fear the "outside" world. It's just a bad situation all over.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I knew that most of the women had returned to the ranch, but I didn't realize that they had the option of staying with their children. I was under the impression that they had been separated from the children and their choices were to return to the ranch alone or stay in the safe house alone. If they actually passed on the opportunity to stay with their children, then they've lost most of my sympathy.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I do feel a bit sorry for the women, because it must be hard, but I believe that the children are better off in protective custody until justice can be served. I don't think the two positions are mutually exclusive.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
I have to agree with jessy--my sympathies lie with the children. I recently saw a brief and unenlightening interview some of these cult members did with Meredith Viera. The one thing the interview made clear was that the women were well aware of how the outside world views their actions. They were pretty savvy with (non)responses to questioning.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
I think you have an exterior force that takes over your life completely it is hard to think about anything else. These women have spent many years living in this location and they are, for better or worse, completely devoted to their religion and to the men of this compound. Brainwashing and control are very real psychological disorders that accompany living in a secluded cult-like environment. I feel sorry that they were taken or raised in this kind of atmosphere that says they have no rights. I emphasize more with the children you are possibly being abused and the young girls who are forced to marry men twice their age and mother children before becoming legally adults. The think the state is justified in stepping in to prevent abuse. In the end, I feel sorry for the children not their parents.
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