Louisa Ann Swain

Photo: Louisa Ann Swain, Laramie, Wyoming

It was September 6, 1870, and a little old lady, now seventy, placed a clean apron over her housedress and prepared to go on two important errands that morning. Before she walked out the door, she picked up a little tin pail to take with her.

The streets of Laramie were dusty as usual, and the weather was beginning to change, becoming much cooler. At the age of seventy her pace was slower, giving her time to think. All these years as a Quaker, she had known the freedom of being equal as a woman in her church, having the right to speak or preach, and even to be an acknowledged minister if she had wished.

But the world around her didn’t move as fast in these ideas shared by her Quaker friends. There were others who felt as she, like the passionate Quaker sister she had heard about who was beginning to get a lot of attention—Susan B. Anthony. Anthony was demanding equal rights with men, even the equal right to vote! Just the year before, Anthony had joined with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and formed the National Women’s Suffrage Association. Can you imagine, she thought, a national women’s suffrage association! Read more

CPS investigator Angie Voss

Photo: CPS investigator Angie Voss

At the outset of this entire debacle surrounding the raid of the Yearning For Zion FLDS community, Child Protective Services (CPS) spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner stated, “This is about children who are at imminent risk of harm, children that we believe have been abused and neglected.” This was only the beginning of the numerous duplicitous statements to be made as this melee of activity has unfolded for a heretofore simple and exceedingly quiet community that has been reluctantly drug into the spotlight. CPS and like critics take a position of judging supposed wrong, yet effect all the more unjust wrong.

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Marie, mother of three boys

Photo: Marie, mother of three boys

“The death penalty of family law cases.” This is how the events unfolding for 416 children and their now-separated mothers were described as the State of Texas and Child Protective Services (CPS) mount their largest single attack ever on families. After being forcibly removed from their homes at gunpoint and then through deceit and lies separated from their children, these crying and now-untrusting mothers deprived of any parting contact with their children were given the choice—go to a women’s shelter or go back to your homes. “Your children are ours,” said CPS.

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Armed Raid of YFZ

Photo: Armed raid of YFZ Ranch

You can always know when someone is doing wrong when they have to exaggerate the facts in order to justify their actions, e.g., Waco, Texas, 1993. When you read the accounts of what is taking place surrounding the Yearning For Zion Ranch near Eldorado, Texas, reporters cannot call it a ranch or community, they cannot call the people mere members or residents or congregants, or say they are a group immersed in strict religious principles; but instead, they have to use inciting words such as cultists, clan, the compound, sect, fear, cyanide document, renegade. Clearly, the reporters are on a witch-hunt and purpose to demonize the group and place it in a notoriously bad light—calling into question the intentions and purposes of both the raid and the reporting.

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Photo: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

When the first press release went out announcing the publication of The Curse of 1920: The Degradation of Our Nation in the Last 100 Years, I was surprised to receive a reply from Coline Jenkins, the great-great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Of course Stanton is the 19th century suffragist and godmother of the women’s rights movement who befriended, inspired, instructed, and labored with Susan B. Anthony.

Despite several attempts to reply to Jenkins’s comments, all efforts to contact her failed. But, her comments and question raise some very important points, and show the great fallacy of this Eveonian movement. Hopefully this article will somehow find its way to her.

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Finally, conservative commentator Ann Coulter has someone to agree with her after making her outlandish comment regarding her “pipe dream” that we take “away women’s right to vote.” Yes, there is now a book out that espouses this same prescription. With its equally controversial message, it has the intriguing title, “The Curse of 1920,” and is authored by former advocate for the poor, Gary D. Naler.

As if stirring up the dead, the publication of this book even provoked the great-great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 19th century suffragist and godmother of women’s rights who is often quoted and cited in the book, to ask: Who is this Gary Naler.

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