By The Prophet of Life
Her name is Faith. As with many other 18 year olds, she left home to strike out on her own and meet the challenges of the world as a young adult. She wanted everything that most adults want. A home, a job, a car, health insurance but all of these things were off limits to her. Faith is not physically or mentally disabled, She is not impoverished. She is not in this country illegally and has never been convicted of a felony, yet all of the normal things enjoyed by most adults are off limits to her. In order to find out why, we must look at the home she was raised in.
Faiths parents are members of a religious cult. She was born at home and her parents never filed a birth certificate. They never applied for a social security card for her either. She was home schooled, so there are no educational records for her. She was never hospitalized so there are no medical records for her either. Her parents never listed her on a census form because they never bothered to fill one out. When she left home she did so against her parent’s will, with the help of her grandmother.
Faith is unable to rent an apartment because she has no social security number or credit rating. She cannot get a job because she has no social security number. She cannot get a social security number because she has no birth certificate. She cannot get a driver’s license because she has no birth certificate. She cannot get health insurance because she has no social security number or medical history. She cannot even appear before a judge in her home State of Texas because three forms of ID are required to appear before a judge and she has no ID at all.
So now faith must wait and hope to get some kind of documentation that will establish that she does, in fact, exist. Until then, she has to live off the kindness of her aged grandmother. Her story raises the question of how many other people brought up in religious cults and fringe groups are in the same position? How many are stateless or don’t exist at all in the eyes of their government? What kind of future will they have living “Off The Grid”?
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