Re: Law vs. Religion
All moral issues aside:
It is illegal to kill a human in most countries. Thinking of killing is not illegal however. If thinking of killing leads to killing, it would seem wise to stop those thoughts. The thoughts are like the religion. The religion is not punished by the government. Those who act on false teachings, punish themselves by committing crimes that the ideas lead to. This concept can be seen clearly in TF - not only with the child abuse, but with other crimes as well.
If someone lives in an hermetically sealed social environment like TF where even the thought of dissent is condemned as sinful and a grave error, IMO, there is something wrong with that closed social environment. Those who lead in such an environment think they will find "fulfillment" in the perpetuation and extension of that environment, and those who follow, it would seem to me, probably feel they have no choice but to do the bidding of their leaders, particularly if they were born into such an environment and have never known anything else. That both leaders and followers should commit serious crimes comes as no surprise to me - nor that any efforts to prosecute such crimes be denounced as "attacks on freedom of religion"
, both reinforcing their belief that they are "doing ChristÂ´s will" because they are being "persecuted", and, I would suppose, hopefully enlisting the help of other such groups in fighting the supposed "persecution", and hopefully, giving public legitimacy to their group, portraying those who want criminals prosecuted as "evil" persecutors who hate freedom of religion and are making a big fuss about something that happened "long ago", even though the same leaders that propitiated illegal activities are still venerated and/or still in place as leaders in the organization.
Within their ranks, "TheyÂ´re attacking us because they hate our freedom!" makes a great battle-cry. ItÂ´s already been shown to work very well in the past.