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YFZYearning for Zion (fundamentalist religious ranch)
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Hundreds of children were removed from the church's Yearning for Zion ranch following the raid, and Guy Choate, a local lawyer, said the whole community came out to the help the kids, with every child under the care of a lawyer who helped with things like inspecting potential foster homes.
The failure (or potentially, the unwillingness) to understand apocalypticism as a rational and credible religious worldview has led to violent conflicts between new religious movements and law enforcement officials in recent memory especially at the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Yearning for Zion ranch in Eldorado, Texas, as I discuss later in this chapter.
The several raids on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints, including one in 2008 at the movement's Yearning for Zion Ranch in Texas, have also been media sensations.
One of this author's most powerful insights regards how the elective affinity with Italy was unlike the unhappy attraction to German culture (Scholem), and the happy yearning for Zion. He states it best in his epilogue: "It was inclusive, affirming and defending the possibility of multiple homes and spiritual homelands without surrender to the binary world of exile and return.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said its agents took possession of the Yearning For Zion Ranch near Eldorado.
Wahl has provided considerable pro bono legal services, including representation of federal court defendants by serving on the Criminal Justice Act Voluntary Panel for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas and representation of a child removed by the State of Texas in 2008 from the Yearning for Zion Ranch in El Dorado, Texas.
TWO WEEKS before the Texas Supreme Court unanimously rejected the wholesale removal of children from the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado, a spokesman for the state's Child Protective Services (CPS) insisted the case "is not about religion." If you believe that, you may also believe that a community of hundreds is a single household, or that a 27-year-old is younger than 18, to cite just a couple of the whoppers CPS has told about the largest child custody case in U.S.
But the agency can allow for such flights in extreme cases, as the Texas Rangers did in operations against the Yearning for Zion Ranch in May.
In a surprise attack coordinated by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) on April 3-4, the Rangers and sheriffs removed an initial group of the 468 children at the Yearning for Zion Ranch (YFZ) in Eldorado, Texas.
Over a 3-day period in early April, more than 400 children were seized from their homes on the Yearning For Zion ranch outside of Eldorado, Tex., after authorities received an anonymous phone call from a girl who said she was calling for help.
The state's Supreme Court ruled that child welfare officials overstepped their authority and the children from the Yearning For Zion ranch should go back to their parents.
Indeed, it was apparent from the start that the raid by child protective officials on the Yearning For Zion Ranch almost two months ago - on the basis of a single, unverified phoned-in allegation of abuse - was a dubious action at best.