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Island Pond Anniversary

August 16, 2009 permalink

Twenty five years ago anti-cult activists in collusion with state authorities hatched a plan to break up a religious group living in Island Pond Vermont. They obtained a warrant and removed 112 children, all bused to a courthouse in Newport. The effort ended the same day when a judge decided there was no evidence of abuse.

Twenty four years later, the raid on the FLDS ranch in Eldorado Texas dragged on for two months before the children were returned. In 1984 there were still judges who grew up before political correctness, and the children went into the courtroom. In today's family courts, the children are never present, judges schooled in women's studies just look at papers.

The National Examiner has assembled a narrative, YouTube videos and the judge's opinion. The video, shot twenty years after the event, includes the recollections of the then children. Thanks to a reader for pointing out this story.