Friday, September 18, 2015

Texas woman wins custody of her children after fleeing husband and oppressive religious cult.

Courtesy of ABC News: 

With wet eyes and a broad smile, Amy Hawkins walked out of a Texas courtroom Wednesday and embraced her 15-year-old son waiting for her in the hallway. 

“You are free,” she said. “We’re free. You’re going to have an education. You’re going to have a life.” 

After hours of testimony, a judge granted Hawkins temporary custody of her four children, allowing them to return to South Carolina where they have been living since she left her husband and a Texas religious group on Aug. 1. 

Hawkins testified that as members of the House of Yahweh in nearby Clyde, her son was forced to work long hours in the group’s slaughterhouse while she lived in isolation with her three daughters who were denied a formal education and medical care. 

She said on the stand that all of their family’s decisions were made by her husband after consulting with the group’s elders. 

“He couldn’t make a decision on his own or have a conversation with his own wife,” she testified.

Hawkins, who had moved to the enclave in West Texas with her husband in 2001, finally had enough one day and downloaded the Facebook app, which was against the church rules, and contacted her mother-in-law who was surprised to learn that she had four grandchildren.

Apparently the cult leaders have had several run ins with the law including a church elder, Yedidiyah Hawkins, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of aggravated sexual assault for using a vaginal speculum on an 11-year-old girl and the leader of the church, Yisrayl Bill Hawkins, who was sentenced to probation and six months community service after he pleaded no contest to four counts of child labor violations after he allegedly forced children under 14 years old to work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the group’s fields, cafeteria, canning operation and butter making process.

As part of that plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop bigamy charges against the man.

How nice of them.

I encourage you to read the rest to the article linked up above. It it quite eye opening, and more than a little troubling.

Remember this is happening in the 21st Century, in the United States of America folks.

It makes one wonder just how many of these cults are still out there, and how long it will be before one of them reaches the boiling point and becomes the next People's Temple.


  1. Anonymous4:28 AM

    "Yisrayl Bill Hawkins" - I had a vision of a hard-ridin', sunburnt cowpoke with payot (Orthodox Jewish curly sidelocks) trailing out from under a stained and dusty 10 gallon hat. Oy vey ist mir!

  2. Anonymous5:35 AM

    Religion - the greatest control tool and coverup ever invented.

  3. Anonymous6:00 AM

    39 years old, four kids and a 6th grade education ... poor lady will end up working as a Waffle House waitress. Lady was still smart enough to break away from religious hell hole.

    Contrast this to Bristol .. four kids, 12th grade education (?) no job and sucking on mom's tit to survive. Bristol is not smart enough to break away Palin hell hole.

  4. Mom, I know you don't read Immoral Minority, but thanks for raising the three of us to take possession of our own lives early on, think for ourselves, and not back down from argument even with you when we convinced we were right. Small wonder I've lived to 61 never meeting anyone's parent I'd trade you for.

  5. Anonymous7:23 AM

    Sounds like the Duggar family.

  6. How long before Huckabee and Cruz fly in to protect the religious freedom of these wackos. "Taking children away from the Christian parents is persecution!!" they will shout.

  7. Anonymous8:02 AM

    Talibangelicals, Teagelicals, and Dominionists, oh my!

  8. Chenagrrl11:24 AM

    They've always been there and only show up when something weird happens. Remember the sneaker people? This was the Heaven's Gate group who died in a mass suicide with high-prices Nikes on their feet.

  9. Anonymous11:24 AM

    SHIT gonna hit the FAN?

    1. Cracklin Charlie4:32 PM

      Yeah, that book sounds like it's gonna be a HUGE pile of bullshit! You would likely need a big-ass fan for that one.

      I hope Trump puts his seal of approval on it...that would end his presidential ambitions.

  10. Anonymous5:09 PM

    Good for the Mom and kids! I hope they learn quick that they need religion like a fish needs a pair of nikes. If not, they;ll never ever be truly free.


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