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Mental Health Experts Enlisted to Help With Children of Polygamy Sect

Society & Culture  (tags: USA, TX, polygamy, sect, children, child safety, child abuse, kids, mental health, foster care, professionals, healthy children )

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Texas officials bring in professionals to work with kids from polygamous retreat. Kids indoctrinated to fear outside world. Authorities worry about cultural adjustment of living with foster families.

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Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Saturday April 12, 2008, 10:03 am
The renegade Mormon splinter group requires girls at puberty to enter into polygamous marriages with much older men and produce children, authorities say. The sect also teaches children to fear the outside world, including the very authorities who removed them until a court hearing Thursday that will help determine their future.

"You're taught to fear everyone and everything," said Cooke, herself a 16-year-old bride.

"What they are up against is having to deprogram an entire community," said Margaret Cooke, who left the sect with seven of her eight children near the end of 1994. The children "are so naive and they have been sheltered to the point that they don't even trust their own judgment."

Estella Ameigh (22)
Sunday April 13, 2008, 12:26 pm
This group would give a bad name to any religion in this day and age. It
is a sad day when a man can convince so many to follow his ways when this
man looked so lost himself. Follow God, do not follow any man they get off
the right path too easily and screw up peoples lives. So sad. Have met many
wonderful people over the years that are Mormans and none of them that I
have had the pleasure to meet follow this ancient custom. I am not a Morman, but when my Dad died of a heart attack they were there to comfort
our family. When my Mom was dying from cancer they were there to sit with
and pray for her. They offered help in any way they could for our family
and we will always be glad to have known the very careing people we met.
It is my hope they will not be judged by the actions of this radical group.
I pray that all the victims that have been rescued from the radical group
will get the proper care so they can get on with their lives and live

Laura Ross (0)
Sunday April 13, 2008, 1:30 pm
This group that teaches the children to not trust anyone outside, to think we are all immoral, gets the vast majority of its funds from welfare received by the women who are not the first wives, not seen as legally married by Social Services. I wonder if anyone outside of the few leaders know where the money comes from, and if so, how it is explained as moral that they can take tax money and be a part of the American social welfare system, how we all can be supporting them, but believe we are the immoral ones. This pretty well negates the morality they preach - beyond the twisted belief that somehow God approves of child rape.

Past Member (0)
Monday April 14, 2008, 8:55 am
these men are sick sick sick!! EVIL! They nothing more than mind controlling pedophiles!!! These men deserve the death penalty for this kind of sick thing they created and the abuse of these young girls! DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Locking children in closets, depriving them of food, making children become pregnant, beating them etc etc.....this messed up!!!

Phyllis S (0)
Monday April 14, 2008, 6:35 pm
The name of the game is to "follow the word and not the man." That's the Christian way. Be wary of ministers such as Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Baker who pretend and possibly believe what they are telling the people, but when they do obscene things and are in the public light, they are sick.So are these men who have sex with minors. They are sexual predators and should be imprisoned for life or executed.
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