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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Politics & Religion

From the Washington Post, Texas now appears determined to argue that the FLDS Religion, in and of itself, is harmful to children and therefore warrants termination, a strategy that has failed miserably in Arizona and Utah. Now think about that a minute. Indians are used to this sort of attack; US Army fears of Wovoka and his Ghost Dance led to the assassination of Sitting Bull and the Wounded Knee Massacre. But what about the rest of the country? Do you really want the government deciding whether or not your religion is good or bad for your children? Think carefully before you answer. Again, I'm not arguing that child abusers shouldn't be punished. They should. But this kind of standard, having the government judge your religious beliefs, ought to scare Hell out of anybody.

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Blogger kbp said...

"I'm not arguing that child abusers shouldn't be punished."

...but, if their rights are violated through efforts to punish them, I'd stand beside the guilty to protest such conduct.


4/27/2008 11:48 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Well, yeah, me too, but you and I think like defense lawyers, God help us. I was just trying to forestall the inevitable "you're defending pedophiles!" argument, not that it will do me any good.

4/28/2008 12:40 PM  
Blogger kbp said...


The plan from the START?

5/02/2008 4:19 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Yeah, I had read that. It's going to be hard for the State to invoke the "good faith exception" to the exclusionary rule if it turns out law enforcement either deliberately lied or willfully withheld information on the warrant. Of course, the ironice thing is that the children could've been removed wihout a warrant, merely a generic affidavit from DFPS. Of course, they wouldn't have been able to search the ranch and seize all the papers and computers, then.

5/02/2008 8:44 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Quit defending pedophiles, you criminal-loving ambulance-chaser.

No, actually I side with you on this. Freedom of religious practice is one of the most basic and cherished of American traditions, and it deserves to be defended to the utmost.

5/06/2008 6:16 PM  

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