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Left & Center Join the Battle Against DCFS
(Alert for 12/14/03)


Summary: A few days ago, we reported on the Thaxton family, who are being attacked by DCFS and General Shurtleff for abstaining from meat in their diet.  This case has brought leftist forces into the battle for family rights and basic freedoms.  Learn how you can help.

Topics:

1. Vegan/Vegetarian Community & Others Up in Arms

2. TAKE ACTION! Share their Flier with Your Community

 

1. Vegan/Vegetarian Community & Others Up in Arms

A few days ago, we reported on the Thaxton family, who are being attacked by DCFS and General Shurtleff for abstaining from meat in their diet.

As if the death of their youngest child Dan due to carbon monoxide poisoning (furnace exhaust asphyxiation) was not horrific enough, DCFS pursued termination of the Thaxtonís other son, Matthew. Their excuse: Parental neglect through malnutrition, supposedly caused by the childís vegetarian diet.

Undeterred by overwhelming evidence that the entire family became ill due to a faulty furnace unit, DCFS and General Shurtleff are attempting to terminate this family.

Vegan and diverse elements of other activist communities are now incensed at this vicious assault on their way of life. They recognize that if DCFS and the State of Utah can get away with this attack on the Thaxton family, no family is safe.

Accountability Utah has just been informed that citizens from Democrat, Libertarian, and Republican backgrounds have organized a walk-the-neighborhood campaign to inform communities of DCFS abuses.  Their focus is largely on Democrat areas, but we are encouraging them to target Republican officials as well.

Accused parents must be convicted of real, substantive criminal abuse or neglect by a jury of their peers prior to having their parental rights terminated. In addition, many due process protections must be restored for innocent families.
For more information on these protections, read our alert, "Attack on the Family," our "Top Legislative Reforms" (in .pdf format), and see the Parental & Family Rights section of our Issues & Alerts page.

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2. TAKE ACTION! Share their Flier with Your Community

It is prudent that these activists be supported in their worthwhile endeavor.  Here are a couple ways to help them:

1. Download a copy of the flier they will be distributing, make copies and share them with your family, friends, and neighbors.  These activists have urged Accountability Utah to make this flier available to you.

You can also download the flier in Word97 format and tailor it to your neighborhood and elected official (see our elected official contact information page for contact information).
For example: To see a flier personalized for Senator Dan Eastman's neighborhood, click here.

In addition, we recommend that you contact health food stores in your area.  Allow them the opportunity to post these fliers and alert their vegetarian or meat-conscious patrons. The right for a parent to care for the health of a child through conscientious diet choices is in grave peril and we all need to fight.  Citizens can no longer tolerate dangerous, constitutionally-ignorant officials and agencies.

2. Contact your legislator (see our elected official contact information page) and let them know that this is not a foolish activist citizenry. Time is of the essence and they must take immediate steps to restore rights to innocent families or seek other employment.

For more information on the family rights you do not currently have, read our "Top Legislative Reforms" (in .pdf format), read our alert, "Attack on the Family," and see the Parental & Family Rights section of our Issues & Alerts page.

If your legislator patronizes you, acts ignorant, or is otherwise unwilling to take immediate, substantive action, don't waste your time threatening him.  Instead, prepare yourself to file against him at his re-election period.
See which offices are up for re-election For motivation, see our Legislative Performance Report and Pink Slips. The filing deadline is March 17, 2004.

3. Read the alert we posted on the Thaxton family and complete a few of the additional action items listed there.

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