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The Lone Star FLDS roundup

Posted in U.S. by Ryan on the April 17th, 2008

So the hearings start today.

Unless I see something more compelling after today….it seems like Texas may have made a fool of itself. I was watching CNN the other day and they were talking about how they now think that the phone call(s) weren’t even made from the state of Texas, or something about authorities being unable to confirm that they were. The girl that made them still hasn’t come forward and the man she accused hasn’t been arrested or charged.

Texas Rangers have questioned Dale Evans Barlow, 50, the man who was accused by the teen of abusing her, but he was released Saturday. His attorney, Bruce Griffen, said the meeting was voluntary

Meanwhile over 400 children are in state custody. While I don’t doubt this church is as backwards as anything, I would be really disappointed if a state in this nation took children into custody, over 400 children, only based on phone calls alleging abuse. It’ll be interesting if new information comes to light later today.

Rod Parker, an attorney acting as a spokesman for FDLS families, said authorities acted on information not supported by evidence.

“They have an unsubstantiated allegation of abuse,” Parker said in an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Wednesday night. “And, in response to this unsubstantiated, uncorroborated allegation, they removed not just the children from one home, but every child in the community …”

This religion is truly…bizarre. I simply hope they are able to prove unlawfulness with more than a few mystery 911 calls. Perhaps at the hearing today the state will reveal testimony from dozens of children that have opened up and told enough to justify the raid…who knows?