To all those now gloating over the Texas raids on the FLDS community in Eldorado, we would all do well to remember the oft-cited words of Pastor Martin Niemoller: "And then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up."

If we so blatantly trample on the rights of one group — unpopular though they may be — in the name of "the children," we will inevitably justify even more blatant assaults on freedom for far less compelling reasons.

Michael Abel