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Foster Mother Arrested For Using Duct Tape On Kids
WTAE-TV ^ | April 17, 2003

Posted on 04/17/2003 6:12:40 PM PDT by Gamecock

Foster Mother Arrested For Using Duct Tape On Kids Three Children Have Been Placed With Other Families

POSTED: 11:58 a.m. EDT April 17, 2003 UPDATED: 2:04 p.m. EDT April 17, 2003 LEVITTOWN, Pa. -- A Levittown, Pa., woman, honored last year for her work as a foster mother by a local organization, is now under arrest for allegedly wrapping up her foster children with duct tape. Middletown Township police said Colleen Broe, 34, was charged Wednesday with felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and false imprisonment for restraining the children by using duct tape.

Her husband, Neil Broe, 41, was also charged with endangering the welfare of children by documenting his wife's activity for months without reporting it to authorities, police said.

Police said that digital photos of the children they obtained showed the children with their ankles, wrists, torsos and other areas taped, and some pictures depicted the children so severely taped up that they look "mummified."

Police also said that a search of the couple's home Wednesday morning at 82 Cobalt Ridge Drive East revealed pieces of children's clothing and evidence of duct tape that matched the manner in which they were depicted in the photographs.

A 2-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl were allegedly taped up over the course of several months by Colleen Broe in order to keep them from taking their diapers off and crawling out of their cribs, police said.

Police said Broe's husband, Neil, took more than 30 pictures in order to document the abuse, after the couple started having marital difficulties.

Investigators said Neil Broe passed some of those photographs on to an acquaintance who then gave them to police.

Police said the couple's biological son, 5, told detectives he had been taped, as well.

A Feb. 15, 2002 article in the Bucks County Courier-Times reported that the Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency based in Doylestown, Pa., had honored the couple for its efforts as foster parents.

The article quoted Roxanne Watkins-Hall, a placement resources supervisor for the agency, saying that, "The Broes were spotlighted because we wanted to recognize a couple who is fairly new to the program, and they've also proven to be very good foster parents." All children have been removed from the home for their safety, police said, and the girl still had small pieces of duct tape stuck to her ribs and back area when she was taken away.

All three children have been placed with other families, police said.

Colleen and Neil Broe were arraigned Wednesday before District Justice John Kelly and remanded to Bucks County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail each.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abuse; children; colleenbroe; cps; darwin; delay; ducttape; fostercare; governmenthypocrisy; neglect; orphans; socialism; socialwork; tomdelay; torture; truereligion; tyranny; welfarestate
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Hold my beer....

1 posted on 04/17/2003 6:12:40 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock
"Hold my beer...."


I have to disagree on that. If this is anything, it's a "Get my gun" alert.
2 posted on 04/17/2003 6:20:57 PM PDT by Ozarkie
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To: Gamecock
This brings new meaning to the term, "No home is truly secure without duct tape."

:)

kidding of course
3 posted on 04/17/2003 6:24:14 PM PDT by Lady USA
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To: Gamecock
I know I shouldn't make a joke out of this, but I went back to college last year. In my human development class there was a question on my homework assignment regarding things you need to successfully complete reading assignments. My immediate thought was duct tape and the hall closet. Oooops...
4 posted on 04/17/2003 6:25:06 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (America...love it or leave it. Canada is due north-Mexico is directly south...start walking.)
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To: TheSpottedOwl
I often joke with my daughter when she's acting wild, "I'd like to get my hands on the guy who made it against the law to duct-tape your kids to a chair!"
5 posted on 04/17/2003 6:46:24 PM PDT by zook
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To: zook
I often joke with my daughter when she's acting wild, "I'd like to get my hands on the guy who made it against the law to duct-tape your kids to a chair!"

When I was little my mother would tie us to chairs in front of the t.v. so she could get stuff done.

We had fun walking around with the chairs stuck to our butts and I don't think it ever did us any harm.

6 posted on 04/17/2003 6:50:07 PM PDT by katnip
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To: zook
You mean you're not supposed to duck tape the kids to a chair? Well, bless patty I thought that was part of child-rearing.
7 posted on 04/17/2003 6:51:20 PM PDT by WVNan (It's a joke. Poor taste, but a joke none the less.)
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To: Gamecock
The boy and girl were toddlers. This story is disgusting.

Hopefully this woman will learn about the joys of restraint in the can.
8 posted on 04/17/2003 6:53:57 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: farmfriend
Got that picture of Duck Taped?
9 posted on 04/17/2003 6:54:05 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Gamecock
This is really sad - Drudge had this picture up:


10 posted on 04/17/2003 6:55:34 PM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: Gamecock
They probably wanted to take off their diapers because they needed to be CHANGED. Ugh. Poor kids. My mom just put us in a playpen with some toys when she wanted to get stuff done when we were 1-2. little older & we got gated in our rooms with the kiddie gates. Duct tape? On *babies*? Augh.
11 posted on 04/17/2003 6:55:56 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Gamecock
Red Green would approve of darn near any use of duct tape, except this one.
12 posted on 04/17/2003 6:56:31 PM PDT by Ches (Mrs.)
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To: Gamecock
1,002 Uses!
13 posted on 04/17/2003 7:02:55 PM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, comes Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: CheneyChick
A 2-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl were allegedly taped up over the course of several months by Colleen Broe in order to keep them from taking their diapers off...

Not only is the removal of duct tape painful, but the contact of human waste against skin for long periods of time does damage - ask any vet.

Is there any reason I should reject my Atheism after seeing that picture?

14 posted on 04/17/2003 7:03:52 PM PDT by Senator Pardek
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To: Gamecock
...Even if she has a Duct Tape Merit Badge, she has to be punished.
15 posted on 04/17/2003 7:05:42 PM PDT by Consort (Use only un-hyphenated words when posting.)
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To: Gamecock; Lady USA; TheSpottedOwl; zook; WVNan; Hodar; Consort; All
Most Americans don't realize that the only thing exceptional about this case is that the abusive "foster care" parent was caught. This kind of cruel behavior is literally common in foster care. It is one of those situations in which the evil is so vile that those not involved just can't believe it.
16 posted on 04/17/2003 7:25:43 PM PDT by Lady Eileen (The rights of the people come from God. The powers of government come from the people.)
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To: Ozarkie
I thought "hold my beer" was a reponse to the stupidity of others. You are right, get muh gun would be more fitting...
17 posted on 04/17/2003 7:28:39 PM PDT by Gamecock (Remember; always plunder first, then burn!)
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To: Gamecock
why is it foster parents always seem to hate kids?
18 posted on 04/17/2003 7:30:13 PM PDT by conservativefromGa (www.awbansunset.com)
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To: Gamecock
Billy stop running around!! DAMMIT!! Now where was I...Let's see what`s on freerepublic...BILLY dammit go to bed stop running around!!!...lets see this article...BILLY STOP RUNNING AROUND!!!!!!..Wait what`s this ..Foster mother duct tapes kids..Foster duct....................OH BILLY!!!
19 posted on 04/17/2003 7:31:11 PM PDT by metalboy (Hitlery is Hitler)
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To: Senator Goldwater; CheneyChick
Thanks for posting the picture from Drudge. Too bad the poor child's face is covered up so we don't see the human face of the horror. It's just like CNN covering up the atrocities in Iraq.
20 posted on 04/17/2003 7:32:38 PM PDT by Lady Eileen
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To: Senator Pardek
Is there any reason I should reject my Atheism after seeing that picture?

The Bible states there is sin in the world, this validates that statement.

21 posted on 04/17/2003 7:33:03 PM PDT by Gamecock (Remember; always plunder first, then burn!)
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To: conservativefromGa
Why is it foster parents always seem to hate kids?

One reason is that many foster parents are in it only for the money. The foster children don't belong to them, and the foster parents usually wouldn't be permitted to adopt if they wanted to. Furthermore, as foster kids are frequently moved from place to place, their hosts don't want to become attached to children who will soon be gone anyway.

22 posted on 04/17/2003 7:37:40 PM PDT by Lady Eileen
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To: Gamecock; Senator Pardek
Is there any reason I should reject my Atheism after seeing that picture?

The Bible states there is sin in the world, this validates that statement.

The fact of sin generally is true but only half the story. The other half is that the church has disobeyed God's command to deal with problems like those in foster care. As it is written, "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction..." [James 1:27.]

Because the church has disobeyed God's command to rescue the afflicted and oppressed orphan, it testifies falsely about God's goodness. The natural result is opinions like that expressed above.

23 posted on 04/17/2003 7:49:28 PM PDT by Lady Eileen
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To: Lady Eileen
'Duct Tape' Mom Makes Bail

LEVITTOWN, Pa. -- A woman accused of using duct tape to restrain three young children is now free on bail, while her husband remains in custody.

Colleen Broe, 34, was charged Wednesday with felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and false imprisonment for restraining the children by using duct tape.

Her husband, Neil Broe, 41, was also charged with endangering the welfare of children by documenting his wife's activity for months without reporting it to authorities, police said.

The Levittown, Pa., woman, made $250,000 bail on Thursday, while her husband was remanded to Bucks County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.

A 2-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl were allegedly taped over the course of several months by Colleen Broe to keep them from taking their diapers off and crawling out of their cribs, police said. Police said the couple's biological son, 5, told detectives he had been taped.

NBC 10 has learned that according to police documents, Collen Broe acknowledged that she used duct tape on the children many times.

NBC 10 also has learned that the Broes filed for divorce in January 2003.

Neighbors were shocked when they heard the allegations about the children's treatment.

"It just blew my mind," said one neighbor interviewed by NBC 10. "That picture . . . definitely looks like a real baby. It just blows my mind."

Child-welfare officials interviewed by NBC 10 said they inspected the Broe's home regularly.

"These were agency foster parents," said Brad Jackman from the Bucks County Social Services Agency. "These are people we trusted to take care of these babies and they betrayed that trust and they betrayed the trust of people at the agency."

Jackman said on Tuesday, he received nearly 40 photos of the children after they had been secured with duct tape.

Middletown Township police said that digital photos of the children showed the children with their ankles, wrists, torsos and other areas taped, and some pictures depicted the children so severely taped up that they look "mummified."

Police said that a search of the couple's home Wednesday morning at 82 Cobalt Ridge Drive E. revealed pieces of children's clothing and evidence of duct tape that matched the manner in which they were depicted in the photographs.

Police said Neil Broe took the pictures to document the abuse after the couple started having marital difficulties.



Investigators said Neil Broe passed some of those photographs on to an acquaintance who then gave them to authorities.

A Feb. 15, 2002, article in the Bucks County Courier-Times reported that the Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency based in Doylestown, Pa., had honored the couple for their efforts as foster parents.

The article quoted Roxanne Watkins-Hall, a placement resources supervisor for the agency, saying that, "The Broes were spotlighted because we wanted to recognize a couple who is fairly new to the program, and they've also proven to be very good foster parents."

All children were removed from the home for their safety, police said Wednesday
24 posted on 04/17/2003 7:54:19 PM PDT by Iwentsouth
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To: Iwentsouth
All children were removed from the home for their safety, police said Wednesday

By the same people that put them there for their safety.

25 posted on 04/17/2003 7:56:57 PM PDT by Lady Eileen
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To: CheneyChick
On the day of Logan's death, Schofield "secured Logan to the high chair by wrapping layers of duct tape around Logan's torso and behind the back of the chair to prevent her from getting out. To silence her screams she wrapped more duct tape under her chin, over her head and mouth. Having already violated the rules of discipline by physical confinement, Ms. Schofield then left Logan to struggle against her bonds in isolation."
26 posted on 04/17/2003 7:57:47 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: Iwentsouth
"These were agency foster parents," said Brad Jackman from the Bucks County Social Services Agency. "These are people we trusted to take care of these babies and they betrayed that trust and they betrayed the trust of people at the agency."

Social workers aren't supposed to trust; they're supposed to verify. And regularly.

27 posted on 04/17/2003 7:59:05 PM PDT by Lady Eileen
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To: Iwentsouth
How in the he11 does SHE get out of jail while he stays in?

She is the one who tied the kids up--all he is accused of is not reporting it.

28 posted on 04/17/2003 8:02:10 PM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: Gamecock
This is Tom Ridge's fault.

;-)

29 posted on 04/17/2003 8:04:21 PM PDT by StriperSniper (Frogs are for gigging)
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To: Madame Dufarge

Found guilty of manslaughter, Sally Schofield was jailed Tuesday afternoon after a request for a continuance of bail was denied.

30 posted on 04/17/2003 8:07:35 PM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: Madame Dufarge
Thanks for the article link.

Freepers who don't click through to it should at least note that the killer in question had been a state Department of Human Services foster care social worker... suddenly you see just how the foster care parents can learn how to use duct tape....

31 posted on 04/17/2003 8:08:39 PM PDT by Lady Eileen
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To: zook
I often joke with my daughter when she's acting wild, "I'd like to get my hands on the guy who made it against the law to duct-tape your kids to a chair!"

They've made it against the law to discipline our kids in any meaningful way. I used to wash out my older kids mouths with soap (my mom used cayenne pepper), but if I did that with my 2 youngest ones, I'd probably be in trouble. Imagine if duct tape had been invented around the time we were kids ;-p

32 posted on 04/17/2003 8:14:38 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (America...love it or leave it. Canada is due north-Mexico is directly south...start walking.)
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To: Black Agnes
I don't know if I still have it. We used to threaten our oldest with this. We would tell him that we were going to tape him up and put him in the closet. He and my husband spent 2 weeks taping each other and seeing if they could get out of it. We were using masking tape though. The child is now bigger than me and could probably tape me up and put me in the closet.
33 posted on 04/17/2003 8:14:58 PM PDT by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: Senator Pardek
Is there any reason I should reject my Atheism after seeing that picture?

Because the more we see, the more a wrathful God looks like the only hope for us?

Because there is so much Evil in the world, there MUST be a Good to balance it out?

Because it might make you sleep easier to believe this stuff happens for a reason?

34 posted on 04/17/2003 8:15:02 PM PDT by Yeti
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To: TheSpottedOwl
but if I did that with my 2 youngest ones, I'd probably be in trouble.

You sure would, especially if either of them attend government school. A friend of mine was tutoring a high school student for health class last year. He was quite appalled to see instructions in the textbook for students to immediately report parents that spank or yell or make them feel bad emotionally to Child Protective Services.

And, just in case the student might be concerned about how to live if her parents were carted off to jail, the text reassured that the students could collect welfare benefits if needed.

35 posted on 04/17/2003 8:21:58 PM PDT by Lady Eileen
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To: Madame Dufarge
And what's so sickeningly ironic is that the children were forcibly taken from their natural parents to be put in the "care" of these people.
36 posted on 04/17/2003 8:22:14 PM PDT by Yeti
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To: Yeti
And what's so sickeningly ironic is that the children were forcibly taken from their natural parents to be put in the "care" of these people.

And don't forget: government foster care was invented to fix the alleged abuses of private orphanages.

When will it sink into our thick heads that government and government programs can't love?

37 posted on 04/17/2003 8:26:58 PM PDT by Lady Eileen
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Any Phil Hendrie radio fans? A couple years back he did one of his phony radio interviews with a child psychologist and author who was complaining about how it had become impossible to discipline kids anymore. He was going along kind of normal until he said something like, "remember back in the late 50's and early 60's it was considered appropriate for a parent to fill a pillowcase full of canned goods and hit their kids with it..." at which point, of course, Hendrie blows up and the calls start coming in! It was great stuff!
38 posted on 04/17/2003 8:29:49 PM PDT by zook
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To: Lady Eileen
This kind of cruel behavior is literally common in foster care. It is one of those situations in which the evil is so vile that those not involved just can't believe it.

My ex husband's oldest nieces were removed from his sister's custody many moons ago. Two were adopted out, the oldest was returned to her mother(bump for huge social services blunder). The girl told me that they placed her in a home where only Spanish was spoken; they punished her for wetting the bed by stuffing her mouth with chili peppers. When the bitch from hell got her back, the child had lost her English and could only speak Spanish.

39 posted on 04/17/2003 8:40:26 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (America...love it or leave it. Canada is due north-Mexico is directly south...start walking.)
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To: Lady Eileen
Foster Care reform is Tom DeLay's biggest personal legislative priority. He's even set up his own foundation -- Shine the Light on children in the darkness -- to promote reform and help orphans.
40 posted on 04/17/2003 8:46:02 PM PDT by Stop Legal Plunder
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To: conservativefromGa
It's a way to make a few bucks, which, of course, aren't spent on the kids.
41 posted on 04/17/2003 8:50:20 PM PDT by basil
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To: Lady Eileen
In a November 15, 2002 article on his website, Rush Limbaugh talked about how impressed he and his wife were with Tom DeLay's devotion to foster care reform:

"They call Tom DeLay "The Hammer," but do you know what he talked with Marta and [me] about the other night? Ninety percent of the table conversation [at the dinner for newly minted Congressmen] was about foster kids and all the [orphanages] around the country he is trying to set up. That's his charity. He knows what matters to the nation he serves -- and it's not winning a few House races."

42 posted on 04/17/2003 8:52:48 PM PDT by Stop Legal Plunder
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To: Stop Legal Plunder
You have to sympathize with parents nowadays. The kids tell the parents to their faces that they'll call the police if they get spanked. My cousin's boy did this whenever the Stepmom (his new wife) tried to get the kid to behave, the kid threatened to tell the first wife that the new wife was beating him (untrue). Disgusting.
43 posted on 04/17/2003 8:55:01 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Lady Eileen
And, just in case the student might be concerned about how to live if her parents were carted off to jail, the text reassured that the students could collect welfare benefits if needed.

Don't you just love it? A delinquent collecting welfare bennies. Hey now, some kids are really being abused, but they're the ones who don't report it because of fears of reprisals. It's the brats with the emotional and behavioral problems who set up Mom and Dad because they don't get things their own way.

44 posted on 04/17/2003 8:59:38 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (America...love it or leave it. Canada is due north-Mexico is directly south...start walking.)
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To: Ciexyz
You have to sympathize with parents nowadays. The kids tell the parents to their faces that they'll call the police if they get spanked.

As Lady Eileen reported, they're indoctrinated with this stuff at the government schools.

Parents these days are forced choose between "free" education for their kids and protecting them from state socialism.

45 posted on 04/17/2003 9:04:14 PM PDT by Stop Legal Plunder
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To: Stop Legal Plunder
Parents these days are forced choose between "free" education for their kids and protecting them from state socialism.

In economic terms, the taxes wasted on socialist education are "sunk costs." One reason we keep our kids in government schools even though we know better is that we want to get something for our money. But when we take this approach we overlook just what that something is.

46 posted on 04/17/2003 9:09:08 PM PDT by Stop Legal Plunder
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To: Stop Legal Plunder
Its a true disservice that Columnnist Bob Greene got the ax from the Chicago Tribune last fall. He often wrote about children being abused and brought to light many many horrid things.
47 posted on 04/17/2003 9:11:46 PM PDT by merry10
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To: merry10
Bump.
48 posted on 04/18/2003 3:48:51 AM PDT by Stop Legal Plunder
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To: Lady Eileen
Because the church has disobeyed God's command to rescue the afflicted and oppressed orphan, it testifies falsely about God's goodness. The natural result is opinions like that expressed above.
The natural response is opinions that do not recognize the true nature and power of sin, and thus the true power and judgment of a righteous God.

It testifies about the continued sinful nature of the members of the visible church.

Not all members of the visible church are members of the invisible church. How do we tell the difference? You will find the members of the invisible church working to do the very things that God commands. They are working to prevent this type of horrible abomination.

I accuse the visible church, for abdicating these services to the state, which clearly results in such horrific events.

And we also know that people that harm the little ones, as this "person" did, will suffer eternally
49 posted on 04/18/2003 6:00:44 AM PDT by Gamecock (Remember; always plunder first, then burn!)
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To: Gamecock
I accuse the visible church, for abdicating these services to the state, which clearly results in such horrific events

You will find the members of the invisible church working to do the very things that God commands. They are working to prevent this type of horrible abomination.

This distinction is useful for a many theological issues but not, in my opinion, very helpful for clarifying matters of public witness. It's similar to the die-hard Marxist, watching the changes in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, continuing to insist that those countries didn't practice real socialism or real communism, and so their failure doesn't mean much.

Non-believers should be able to accept, more or less at face value, the public everyday witness of the visible church rather than be asked to first accept the visible/invisible distinction.

Otherwise, all that happens is that the question simply shifts to: Why don't individual members of the invisible church, i.e. true believers, publicly rebuke, and call for the repentance of, visible church leaders who teach falsely and ignore the plight of the widows and orphans? These false teachers' sin is public; so should their rebuke be.

Some may say that invisible church members, by definition, don't have the platforms or positions that visible church members do. That's true, but surely at least some of the visible church leaders are also members of the invisible church. Thus they are not only able but also, presumably, willing to speak out for truth and justice in a public way.

That only a handful of such men is currently speaking out on the wickedness of foster care issue (and, correspondingly, on the wickness of the church for neglecting the issue) is, in my mind, extremely telling. It means that the invisible church does need to repent. Not only of this injustice but also of the equal or greater injustice of permitting the visible church to drag Christ's name in the mud with so little opposition. The real church isn't impotent, after all: "If God is for us, who can be against us?"

The conclusion of the matter, then, is that we members of the real church need to (1) repent of blaming others for our disobedience, (2) repent of that disobedience, and (3) start obeying again. If we do that, we'll quickly recapture those parts of the visible church worth saving, and God will bring destruction on the rest.

And threads like this on Free Republic will receive considerably more attention than they do presently.

50 posted on 04/21/2003 1:57:54 AM PDT by Stop Legal Plunder
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