I live in Washington State, right over the mountains from Wenatchee. I remember when this witch hunt happened. I know people who knew some of the victims of this nasty business. Due process is there for a reason and there is good reason for Christians to be wary of letting Caesar do whatever he likes “for the children”.
That’s not to say, of course, that the status quo ante should be maintained. But it is to say that Rome’s caution is, to me, very sensible. I disagree with Rod that “clericalism has won.” I think we are still in the early stages of working things out. However, my thoughts are still not very formed so: More cogitations later. I’m still playing catchup with work after The Great Computer Struggle of 2002.