Dozens of children seized from Manitoba Mennonite community

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Child welfare authorities have removed children from about 15 families in a small Mennonite community in rural Manitoba.


Only one minor, a 17-year-old, remains in the community after three men and a woman were charged with multiple counts of assault, including assault with a weapon.

One of the men is facing eight counts of assault and 10 counts of assault with a weapon. The woman charged is facing five counts of assault with a weapon and four counts of assault.

Court documents alleged the assaults took place between July 2011 and Jan. 31 of this year, and involved the use of cattle prods and straps.

All four adults charged have been released from RCMP custody on bail, but none of the accused can have contact with anyone under the age of 18 without approval from child welfare officials.

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  1. I am very pleased about this. People tended to look the other way about child abuse when it was done in the name of god. I think the governments are getting some backbone and saying we will not tolerate this.

    Perhaps we will see increased resistance to female circumcision.

    This is more controversial, but I think male circumcision should in most cases be postponed to allow the child to decide for himself.
    The motives are religious identification, denial of sexual pleasure and cleanliness. See intactamerica
    for arguments.

    • In reply to #1 by Roedy:

      I am very pleased about this. People tended to look the other way about child abuse when it was done in the name of god. I think the governments are getting some backbone and saying we will not tolerate this.

      Perhaps we will see increased resistance to female circumcision.

      This is more controver…

      Totally agree with all your points – now we just need to see it happen more in countries that clearly aren’t as free, secular and progressive as Canada thankfully is…

      Totally agree about both male and female genital mutilation as well…

  2. “Over the years, Mennonites have become known as one of the historic peace churches because of their commitment to pacifism (opposition to war and violence).” Source: Wikipedia.org

    They must have got the wrong people, then!

  3. Hey preacher, leave them kids alone!This makes one so angry.Of couse the great imaginary sky god does not bother to intervene.It’s probably a sweet savour in his goddamned nostrils.

  4. Personally, I don’t like this story one bit. And I’m not too keen on our comments so far – these people are innocent until proven guilty. I’m going to wait before I make a judgement – not only about whatever may or may not have taken place, but also about the way the police and social services have handled it.

    • In reply to #5 by GPWC:

      Personally, I don’t like this story one bit. And I’m not too keen on our comments so far – these people are innocent until proven guilty. I’m going to wait before I make a judgement – not only about whatever may or may not have taken place, but also about the way the police and social services have…

      My comment was a broader agreement with Roedy’s comment about governments having the balls to intervene (regarding religious child abuse) and about circumcision, not specifically this case – which as you say, is still under investigation.

  5. They are going to make “culturally sensitive” decisions. Does that mean they will be placing the children with other Mennonites? If they are in danger, then surely it is because of their culture. Culturally sensitive would mean making sure they went nowhere near anyone religious.

  6. I understand the need to protect the childrens’ identities, but there is a serious risk as a result that the perpetrators (if guilty) may not be appropriately named and shamed to serve as a deterrent to other wingnuts.

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