I have been thinking about this for a few days now. Does anybody else see something wrong here or is it just me? This sect in Texas that the authorities have come in and taken all the children away from thier parents. They are ransacking a church and homes of citizens on some very shady pretext. Now let me say, IF there is a child in danger or being abused we have the duty to do anything possible (within the law) to protect that child. BUT, here's my problem. We don't use allegations of "child abuse" or any other crime, to disregard the constitution. We have a mysterious phone call but no one can find the caller. The guy accused of a crime has been proven to be in another state and has not been to Texas in years. So with any lack of evidence of a crime the authorities are seperating families and carrying out searches, looking for evidence. This smacks to me of big brother, police state tactics. It is no different than the Branch Davidian debacle in Waco. It was proven that the authorities had no valid reason to go in there. They forged "evidence" and lied to obtain warrants. But people sat back and raised no objections because of the children. Because they were wierd people. Now I am no supporter of David Koresh or any other people who use religion to promote thier own personal depravities. BUT, as long as they are not doing anything against the laws of this nation or the state they reside in, then I don't see that it is any of our business. The Sherriff of the county where the Branch Davidians lived has said that his office had investigated allegations of child abuse and found no evidence of it. So the "We're doing it for the children" excuse was proven to be a smokescreen with no merit. I don't like or agree with the beliefs of this cult but lacking any concrete (prior) proof of a crime being commited they are presumed innocent and protected by the constitution against unreasonable search and siezures. These raids and removal of over 400 kids from thier parents in in my opinion is a blatant slap in the face to constitutional law. But no one is complaining. It is a slippery slope. If we allow it because "they" are a wierd and different people, then that just opens the door for the next time. It could be homeschooled kids who are declared to be being abused by thier parents and in need of state protection. Kids whose parents teach them to shoot guns. They need to be protected. Sometimes in a free society we have to tolerate people and practices that we don't like or agree with in order to protect the rights of all of us. We have to stand up for and fight for the rights of people we disagree with just as vehemently as we do for people we do agree with. By doing the right thing, we accept the trampling of our laws. Then it becomes easier to disregard them the next time. We have to defend the indefensible as vigorously as we would anyone else. And if, after all constitutional restraints are observed, evidence of a crime is found then we prosecute that crime with the full and unmerciful force of the law. But there should never be any reason or excuse, even "for the children", that allows us to disregard the constitutional rights that protect all of us, not just those of us we see as "normal". So what say you Monkeys? Am I alone in this or do others see a danger here?