I can’t recall in recent memory a stronger urge to throw my television out the window than Thursday night, when my local 11:00 newscasters told me that an appeals court said that the state of Texas had no right to remove 400 children from the wacko Yearning For Zion Ranch.

Riddle me this, my bruthas and sistas – why does religion get a free pass?

If I were to start a commune – not on the basis of a religious faith, mind you, just a hangout sort of place – and say, “Oh yeah, I want to gather a bunch of my like-minded friends together and build and live in a fortress and raise up young girls so I can marry them off to my older pervo friends when they still don’t have pubic hair”, then I would be locked up sooner than you could say “pedophilia”.

But oh… how dare we tread on someone’s right to practice their religion. Yeah – a religious faith that condones the “when they bleed they can breed” mindset.

So much evil in this world is a direct result of this free pass that we, as a society, keep doling out to these religious wackos. And religious moderates only make it worse, not better, by being too timid to speak out against them, because heaven forbid we should encroach on someone’s birthright to practice the religion of their choice. Hell, doing so might cause all these spineless moderates to question their own faith. And we can’t have that, now, can we? Then the tax-free money might dry up!

Where was the freedom of choice, though, for these poor kids who are growing up in a world where dressing up like Laura Ingalls Wilder and having sex with men your grandfather’s age is not only OK, but is sanctified by your family and church leaders? Answer: there was no choice. And, to my mind, that’s precisely why it was OK to remove these kids in the first place – just like those poor kids in Austria.

Let’s stop walking on eggshells where matters of religion are concerned, and call the kettle black when there is no question that it is black.