Religious Tolerance, after they take the kids

After Texas raided the Yearming for Zion compound of a small religious minority, the Fundementalist Church of Latter Day Saints, I wrote:

The Texan Raid against the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is an example of religious persecution. Combining the unsubstantiated allegations of the Crystal Gale Magnum hoax with mass persecution of a religious minority, the attack on the FLDS Church will probably be seen as the disaster it is for decades to come.

I then asked:

a) When does the government’s case collapse?
b) When are people fired over this?
c) Which government employee is the first to serve jail time?

The answer to the first part is, “today“:

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) – A state appellate court has ruled that child welfare officials had no right to seize more than 400 children living at a polygamist sect’s ranch.

The Third Court of Appeals in Austin ruled that the grounds for removing the children were “legally and factually insufficient” under Texas law. They did not immediately order the return of the children.

Child welfare officials removed the children on the grounds that the sect pushed underage girls into marriage and sex and trained boys to become future perpetrators.

The appellate court ruled the chaotic hearing held last month did not demonstrate the children were in any immediate danger, the only measure of taking children from their homes without court proceedings.

Obviously, as in any criminal case, time may provide new evidence and change the situation. But the fact remains that Texas’ bizarre raid against FDLS, in which large numbers of children were seized from their parents, makes the Elian Gonzales debacle look a day at the circus.

If you’re a WASP with weird folkways, stay away from Texas.