July 04, 2005

What Freedom?

I just watched the absolute best fireworks show since Disney World from the Contemporary Hotel's glass wall when I was a kid. I can't imagine the kind of money they sank into all those crackers. It made me reflect on what our Nation is celebrating, and the American Dream to live a life of "liberty" while in pursuit of "happiness". Is that the American Dream? I think these days, with our freedoms being whittled away by our lawmakers and civil "servants", the freedoms of America really are beginning to become just a DREAM.

I know why our forefathers came here. I know what they left behind. I am certainly not saying that there's nothing worthwhile left. This is my home. These are my countrymen. The faith that flowed from the hearts and pens of our forefathers give me hope that the causes they fought and died for are still worth fighting for today. Yet, I shudder at the task before us - as it is an awesome one, and without the God our Nation seeks to erase from it's history, I doubt that anything we do will save us from ourselves.

What was on my heart tonight as I watched those glittering fire-balls light up the night sky was a little girl named Katie and her family. They are a family that knows first hand what kind of oppression, persecution, helplessness and tyranny exists inside our borders. Theirs is not a story that is from a third-world country where an evil dictator rules over subjects that are cowering in fear. This is an American story. They are a normal family - just like yours or mine. Even more frightening, though, is that this is not just an isolated case. This story will be duplicated in a town near you... unless we stand up against the forces that are within our borders - the real tyrants... not the Taliban, not the Nazis - the evil that is among us.

I am only summarizing Katie's story below. To read her full saga, please click the title of my post ("What Freedom?") and go visit her website yourself. I've already mentioned this little girl before in a previous post this month. But, today, as we all ate our apple pie and watched our fireworks displays; as we shot our sparklers off and wore our red, white and blue... Katie's Dad was sending out an email to his daughter's prayer warriors and anyone else who would listen. He was crying out for help, while his daughter was being held hostage by the State of Texas. Please hear the urgency as you read his words. Hear it not only for Katy, but hear it for the countless other children (maybe yours) who may be abducted by CPS this year (and the next...).
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Katie is a 12 year old, straight A student in an American junior high. She got cancer and has had to have a lot of treatments - some of which have been liberal and questionable. Her parents, who love her dearly, have been looking in to other, safer methods of treatment, and when the doctors found this out, they called CPS and TOOK KATIE AWAY FROM THEM!!!!!!!! Not only did they take Katie away, but they also took their sons. They took them in the middle of the night. They refused to let them stay with grandparents. They put the mother in jail for trying to keep her daughter from being taken. They had to mortgage their home to raise enough money to get mom out of jail. They finally got their sons back, but they were forced to sign papers allowing unscheduled visits by social workers and inspections of their home at any time CPS wanted to violate their privacy. The medical team gave Katie blood from the public blood supply even though her mother was a match and offered to donate. They disregarded her religious objections. Her hospital room is surrounded by armed guards. The doctors took six samples of tissue and found NO cancer. They were unsatisfied with the results and WITHOUT the parent's consent, they proceeded to do an invasive (un-necessary) surgery that ended up with them cutting a hole under her rib and removing 90% of her thymus gland (and STILL FINDING NO CANCER). She could have died from just the risk or infection from this procedure. She had a horrible fever afterwards, and was in excruciating pain, and yet her father was not even allowed to stay in the room with her. Her father's plea is "Will they not stop before they kill her?" Once CPS discovered Katie's blog, they confiscated her computer. They don't want you to know what they are doing.

Read her story on her website, please. Below are addresses of people to send letters to, people to call, and media to notify. If you have a heart for freedom, and a little compassion for a family who has lost theirs... I pray you'll do what you can. This is an All-American little girl... and it is a tragedy. It hits you right in the heart on this 4th of July. Maybe we are not as "free" as we think.

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From Katie's Dad: "As I see it, we can only win the war outside of the courts with public opinion and pressure put on our political leaders in the US and especially in Texas. Here is where Katie needs your help NOW. If the samples taken come back negative next week we have some chance of getting her out. We need you to write the people below IMMEDIATELY and demand that Katie be released and returned to her parents and that CPS clear all records of the Wernecke and agree to leave them alone. Then we must all fight to get new laws passed so that this can’t happen to anyone else, especially your kids."

Katie's Dad gives the names and addresses below as a way to help:

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

The Honorable Solomon P. Ortiz
U. S. House of Representatives
2470 Rayburn Bldg.
Washington, DC 20515

Governor Rick Perry
Office of the Governor
P O Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711-2428

Senator John Cornyn
U. S. Senate
517 Hart Senate Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Kay Hutchison
U. S. Senate
284 Senate Russell Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510

President of Senate
& Lt Governor David Dewhurst
Capitol Station
P O Box 12068
Austin, TX 78711

Senator John Whitmire
Dean of Senate
Capitol Office
P O Box 12068
Austin, TX 78711

State Speaker of House
The Honorable Tom Craddick

Texas House of Representatives
P O Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768

Gregg Abbott, Attorney Gerneral
Office of the Attorney General
PO Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711-2548

Call the office of the Texas Attorney General and ask to speak to Gregg Abbott at: (512) 463-2100 and tell him how you feel. You may not get through personally, but keep his phone ringing. Tell them how upset you are about CPS taking Katie Wernecke, a cancer victim, out of the home and away from her family and for CPS and the State refusing to let the parents make informed medical decisions for their child (not to mention the fact that the medical team has not found any cancer yet after six samples and a unnecessary surgery). Tell them you are unhappy how CPS abuses its power, as shown by taking all the children out of the home, and that you demand a full investigation of CPS.

You can also email President George W. Bush and the Vice President if you go to the Whitehouse's website.

YOU can FIGHT for FREEDOM TODAY in AMERICA. And you don't have to pick up a gun or fly to Iraq. The enemy is within.


Adrienne said...

This is quite upsetting, children who truly are abused are sent back to their families every day here in TX. Do you know them personally?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this story. I saw your post about it today on the KONOS loop. I cannot imagine the pain of this family. I am constantly amazed at what CPS can get away with in regards to our civil liberties.

Also, I sent you an invite to the TOS blog site. I really enjoy the atmosphere that they have created over there for homeschool families.

Grizzly Mama said...

You wrote a wonderful summary. I am horrified by the power that CPS wields. It seems that TX has been churning out some horror stories in regard to violation of parents rights, although it is a serious problem in every state. It's alarming to say the least.

Sprittibee said...

Adrienne - No, I don't know them personally. It is very scary, though... to have a government body that has complete control over you like this. I couldn't believe it was true!

Thanks for the comments and kind words everyone.

Anonymous said...

Super work performed.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear this. CPS recently took my sister's kids away and placed them in my custody. They really needed to be placed with me because of neglect. My sister has become a crack addict. However, to me it was rare for them to actually help. I fought my way to advocate for their lives. So I was a squeeking wheel that got the wax sort of thing. However CPS down here got recurrent complaints about a family because of drug abuse. Three babies what I say under five I believe. All three babies were beheaded while there parents were high. The audacity of CPS is unreal. I guess on rare instances they actually try to help. Obviously, not with this family.



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