Haven’t blogged anything about this, so this is just a quick hit. There’s lots of blogging about this around.
Texas polygamist sect is accused of indoctrinating girls
SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Girls in the west Texas polygamous sect enter into underage marriages without resistance because they are ruthlessly indoctrinated from birth to believe disobedience will lead to their damnation, experts for the state testified Friday at a custody hearing for 416 youngsters.
Walsh [a defence witness for the parents] disputed that young girls have no say in who they marry.
“Basically, they’re into match-making,” he said of the sect, adding that girls who have refused matches have not been expelled.
“I believe the girls are given a real choice. Girls have successfully said, ‘No, this is not a good match for me,’ and they remained in good standing,” he said.
Perry [a prosecution witness and expert on cults] testified that the girls he interviewed said they freely chose to marry young. But he said those choices were based on lessons drilled into them from birth. (emphasis added)
Funny how the issue of choice and the presumption of informed consent only come up when the decision has to do with marriage and statutory rape, but never when the decision is about terminating a pregnancy.
Tangent: notice how in this community where the women wear ultra-feminine dress there appears to be no need to pinkify them?