First, let me state that I do not care what religion anyone has/is, anymore than I care who or how many partners anyone wants. That is strictly, in my opinion, a persons own private choice. I do not believe the government has the right to legalize or outlaw either. I have never understood what right the government has to license marriage or agree to divorce; other than to settle property and keep people from strangling each other.
I was also called on the “red” thing, for the FLDS. I have never had direct contact with anyone in the FLDS. My daughter and son-in-laws religion is strictly their own. I base my thoughts on what I have read and heard through interviews. When the children were first removed from the FLDS compound, I saw an interview with a woman who was helping care for the children. She stated that they had to learn to deal with the FLDS children in a whole new way. They were not aware of things that children in our world were used to, like crayons and they could not allow the outside children to wear the color red or give the FLDS children a red toy because they feared red; they had been taught that red was the color of the devil. This is not my belief and perhaps she was wrong. She was there and dealing with them, so I thought she should know.
I also do not feel that anyone HAS to be brainwashed to have the same religious believes that the FLDS does. I did not mean to imply that. I am a big proponent of freedom of religion and I think that everyone has the right to believe as they wish. I have friends who are WICCA, Catholic, Buddhist, Protestant and atheists; and probably other religions, because I don’t ask, so I don’t know. I do not care what religion someone is. That is their personal business. Obviously, there are a lot of men who believe in the FLDS religion. I do not believe they are brainwashed and I do believe that there are women in the compound who would not want their lives to be any other way, and who love having sister-wives.
However, that said, if there is one seventeen year old girl in that compound who does not want to be married to a fifty year old man, I believe she should not have to run away to the local gas station to make a clandestine phone call to a relative to come and help her leave, or wait months until her husband is gone, so she can sneak her children out. On the other hand, if there is a boy who does not want to leave, he should not be kicked out in the desert either. I have heard too may stories of this and seen too many interviews and I do not know of anything that proves these women or boys (who used to be in the compound) were lying.
Let us not forget Warren Jeffs is currently serving ten years to life for charges including rape as an accomplise, for facilitating marriages of young girls to older men. I recommend you check out this web site. Warren Jeffs – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It has a list of Factual Account sources, books, documentaries, etc that might be very enlightening.
We will all see how the appeal goes, but the fact that the FLDS Church owns essentially all of the homes may have lead the police to treat their individual homes as one. It is a shame that the authorities could not go into the compound in a manner so that they could have ensured they only took in those who were committing abuse, and protected the children who needed it. The FLDS itself is responsible for some of that by changing names, switching families to different husbands, etc.
I gotta say, folks, it’s just wrong to marry a 14 year old girl to anyone, as Jeffs did in 2002. That is a fact and can anyone tell me that it is not going on to this day, even with him in jail. From what I am reading, it sounds as though his father wasn’t as bad.
I try very hard on my blog to be factual, but having taken in three abused grandsons, who were abused in the name of religion, it is hard for me to not be personally involved in this issue. There are many forms of abuse, I believe the FLDS is guilty of quite a few and do not believe that the excuse of religion is a valid excuse to do so. We all have our own opinion though, don’t we?
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