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This is a response to H. Millard. If anyone misses the point, as has been commented on, I understand. I do too. Sometimes comments lead to apples and oranges being compared and other times it’s just my brain leading to goodness knows where.

 

The Native Americans were persecuted because the Caucasians wanted their land, not because they abused their children.  In fact, the Native tradition is to cherish and nurture their children.  As still happens, the Caucasians are all about possessions. And, look what a fine mess we have made of this earth. 

 

BTW, I am a Mutt. Dutch and possibly Norwegian, English, perhaps smattering of Native American and Basque.

 

The Jewish people were not allowed to own land, so became diamond merchants.  The Germans then persecuted them because the powers that be were jealous of their wealth. It had nothing to do with circumcising boys or abusing children. After all, you would be hard put to find an American male who isn’t circumcised now. 

 

The Catholics?  Henry VIII wanted more wives and Cromwell wanted more power and see what good that did for Northern Ireland?

 

The Australian Aborigines were persecuted, I think, for the same land reason. They lost their homes, were hunted like animals, poisoned, shot, confined and had their children taken from them and abused; much as the Native Americans.

 

The Roma have contact with their host countries for a livelihood but do not want to integrate too closely, which may cause a loss of their basic beliefs.  Sort of like the FLDS BUT, they treat their children with respect. They were taken as slaves from their homeland and they are persecuted yet. But, they do not abuse children as a tenant of their religion.

 

Yup, it happens. I would hope, in my ever optimistic attitude, that the United Nations would step in, as the Texas Authorities have, and stop the injustices of the world. It’s downright wrong, as long as man has power, it will be like that. Remember, Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.  And, that is why we need other powers to stop the corrupt power and Courts to stop the corruption of the other powers.

 

The FLDS has a corrupt power structure. In 1986, Rulon Jeffs abolished the seven-member Priesthood Council and became Absolute Ruler and Dictator. Absolute power corrupts Absolutely.

 

There has to be a line.  Brainwashing and old men marrying young girls is crossing the line, and you’re never going to convince me that a 50 year old man has any right to marry a 15 year old girl for religious or other reasons.  Heck, a 15 year old girl shouldn’t even marry a 15 year old boy.  That’s just stupid.  They are too young to have an idea of who they are.  Ask any 15 year old girl in the country, not in FLDS, if she would want to sleep with a 50 year old man and see what a disgusting face she would make.  Except maybe Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.  Quite a few would jump at that chance. 

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Please do me a favor.  Close your eyes a moment and pretend you are a child again.  You are a child growing up In the FLDS.

 

In many ways, it is a great childhood. Other kids are not snobby to you because everyone dresses the same.  You are in good health because you do not eat processed food and you play games outside.  You have plenty of people to give you a hug and there is always someone to play with.

 

But, you are approaching puberty.  You always wanted to play a musical instrument or be a geologist or a dinosaur hunter, or study philosophy, or write books.  What is your dream? Did someone give you the chance to follow it? Will you have a choice as an FLDS child?

 

Narrow it down now.

 

You are an FLDS boy of fifteen. You have a crush on a girl your age, but one of the older men has his eye on her.  One day, they take you from your home and dump you outside the gates. That’s it. Your friends, your mothers, the only life you know how to exist in, is inside that gate. You are outside.  You are officially now, one of the lost boys.  Start walking boy, it’s a long walk in a world you have no clue about.

 

Maybe it’s better to be a girl in FLDS?

 

You are an FLDS girl of fifteen.  You had a crush on that boy but he’s gone now.  I don’t know who makes the decision now, but if Warren Jeffs were still there, he decides. He decides who you marry and at what age. Opps! You wanted to be a (insert anything here?). Forget it. You will belong to a husband and be a wife and mother. (Gee, isn’t slavery dead?) You will please the prophet and pray your husband does, because ten years down the road, if the prophet isn’t pleased, you and your children will be reassigned to another man.

 

Also remember, those of you afraid of Big Brother, I agree, look at Texas.  FLDS IS Big Brother for all those people.  The prophet IS Big Brother.  He tells you where to live, who to marry, when to marry, and when you have displeased him, you lose your family. Big Brother is alive in Texas and he has nothing to do with the United States Government.

 

So just be honest with yourself here.  Is this the life you would choose?  What if you had the choice to start life over as an FLDS child? 

 

A quote from NPR: Warren Jeffs and the FLDS : NPR     “A significant means of prophet power is derived from his (the prophet’s) ability to punish followers by reassigning their wives, children and homes to another man. Obedience is highly valued, and it is rare for wives to resist reassignment.”

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