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    Religious family abandons U.S., gets lost at sea

    A northern Arizona family that was lost at sea for weeks in an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion will fly back home Sunday. Hannah Gastonguay, 26, said Saturday that she and her husband "decided to take a leap of faith and see where God led us" when they took their two small children and her father-in-law and set sail from San Diego for the tiny island nation of Kiribati in May.
    But just weeks into their journey, the Gastonguays hit a series of storms that damaged their small boat, leaving them adrift for weeks, unable to make progress. They were eventually picked up by a Venezuelan fishing vessel, transferred to a Japanese cargo ship and taken to Chile where they are resting in a hotel in the port city of San Antonio.
    Their flights home were arranged by U.S. Embassy officials, Gastonguay said. The U.S. State Department was not immediately available for comment.
    Hannah Gastonguay said her family was fed up with government control in the U.S. As Christians they don't believe in "abortion, homosexuality, in the state-controlled church," she said.
    U.S. "churches aren't their own," Gastonguay said, suggesting that government regulation interfered with religious independence.
    Among other differences, she said they had a problem with being "forced to pay these taxes that pay for abortions we don't agree with."
    I am upset I am forced to pay taxes to help rescue fools and bring them back to the US.

    Religious family abandons U.S., gets lost at sea - CBS News

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    Re: Religious family abandons U.S., gets lost at sea

    Well, our taxpayer money is squandered in so many other ways...and here, children were involved, so I don't mind the expense at all.

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    Re: Religious family abandons U.S., gets lost at sea

    Quote Originally Posted by Crosscheck View Post
    I am upset I am forced to pay taxes to help rescue fools and bring them back to the US.

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    That's really messed up. Also, they put their kids' lives in jeopardy. Dumbasses.

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    Re: Religious family abandons U.S., gets lost at sea

    Quote Originally Posted by Crosscheck View Post
    I am upset I am forced to pay taxes to help rescue fools and bring them back to the US.

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    They are required to pay for the costs they incur, such as air fare and the like.

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    Re: Religious family abandons U.S., gets lost at sea

    Sounds fair to me.

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    Re: Religious family abandons U.S., gets lost at sea

    see where God led us
    God led them to a hotel in Chili. They should stay there, since that's where their god led them.
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    Re: Religious family abandons U.S., gets lost at sea

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    They are required to pay for the costs they incur, such as air fare and the like.
    I hope so. Whether they pay or not is another thing.

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    Re: Religious family abandons U.S., gets lost at sea

    Quote Originally Posted by Crosscheck View Post
    I hope so. Whether they pay or not is another thing.
    Often in such instances, passports and other things are lost. The State department will take care of that, and arrange travel back to the US. The air fare is paid for by these people, not the government. This is standard procedure. I can't say that other arrangements don't occur because they do, but in general, such costs are borne by the people receiving assistance. They were extremely fortunate they were found.

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    Re: Religious family abandons U.S., gets lost at sea

    Helping people in need is exactly what our tax money should go to. We are a single nation. We take care of each other. Even the really stupid parts of each other.

    I guess all that praying they did on the ocean didn't help much, huh?
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    Re: Religious family abandons U.S., gets lost at sea

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Helping people in need is exactly what our tax money should go to. We are a single nation. We take care of each other. Even the really stupid parts of each other.

    I guess all that praying they did on the ocean didn't help much, huh?

    If the US Government had sent them out on that boat trip and didn't respond to any of their calls for help you know damn good and well they would be putting the US down left and right.

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