What Can Be Done to Any Can Be Done to All
It seems as if the Twelve Tribes is on trial in Germany for its child-rearing practices, but really it is the State of Germany that ought to be on trial for violating the constitutional and fundamental human rights of its citizens.
This song has been played before. In Vermont in 1984 and throughout the world in approximately 76 government-sponsored raids on new religious movements worldwide.
Governments must follow their own laws and rules of basic notice and rightful process, or the day will come when there will be justice for none. What governments can do to any, beginning with the unpopular, pretty soon they will do to all.
What happened to the Communities of the Twelve Tribes in Germany was this: their people were herded like cattle, their children removed without individual charges against their parents, there was no show of probable cause against those individuals, and the parents were provided with no notice as to why their children were being taken away from them.
Twelve Tribes' members believe that if an individual parent is guilty of child abuse and there is evidence to show it, that it is legitimate for THAT PARENT to be prosecuted. Members have never said anything different.
People are guilty or not guilty as individuals, not because of their associations. If you do not understand why this must be so, look at the opinion of Judge Frank Mahady at http://twelvetribes.org/controversies/judge-mahadys-decision-1984-island-pond-raid. His decision is an education in itself as to the rightful role of any constitutional government.
I hope that citizens world-wide will take notice.
Jean Swantko Wiseman 9/12/13