Convicted child sex offender Warren Jeffs has fasted his way into a condition which has prompted the state of Texas to induce a coma. Lindsay Whitehurst wrote in this morning’s Salt Lake Tribune: (more…)
August 30, 2011
August 12, 2011
Well, it’s official, Warren Jeffs, Prophet–so called of the FLDS church is a convicted child molester. I did not follow the trial on a day to day basis; however, assuming media reports to be accurate, from what I have read, the State of Texas was able to accomplish what Utah was unable to do–put Jeffs away for life for actual criminal activity on his part.
I have written highly critical previous posts about Jeffs’ Utah trial. The reasons are clear enough in the prior posts, and I need not repeat them here. I was also highly critical of the State of Texas’ raid and abduction of all the FLDS children back in 2008. I remain highly critical of that initial raid, for the reasons Texas gave, and which I covered extensively in the prior posts.
That said, my defense of Jeffs in his Utah trial and my defense of the FLDS people in the Texas raid has nothing to do with my personal view of Jeffs at this point, based on the evidence presented in the Texas trial and the resulting jury’s verdict. Mr. Jeffs belongs in prison, and life is not likely a long enough term for him, given the horrific nature of his crimes.
The Salt Lake Tribune has some very interesting posts of some of the audio recordings Texas authorities used to convict Jeffs and his delusional ramblings of how he needed quorums of wives, some of whom clearly were underaged. The recordings are pretty creepy, even when the topic is not sexual in nature.
Jeffs has had his day in court, the evidence presented, and now he serves a life sentence as a convicted child molester. It will be interesting to see how this impacts his control over the FLDS church he ran, and whether there will be a power play for the position of “prophet.”
July 27, 2010
I just finished watching Anderson Cooper’s 360 discussion on the Warren Jeffs story tonight in his Crime and Punishment segment. Some how, his signature statement of how he and every contributor to his program is keeping someone or another honest just got lost in the shuffle. (more…)
July 27, 2010
March 26, 2009
January 8, 2009
January 4, 2009
Welfare data from Utah, Arizona, and Texas do not support claims of massive FLDS fraud against the government.
Yet six speakers at a July 24 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing — from Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid to former plural wife Carolyn Jessop — said fraud and misuse of welfare funds is a primary reason the federal government should be more involved in investigating the sect. Reid said the FLDS have a “sophisticated, wealthy and vast criminal organization” that includes “welfare fraud.”
Jessop told the committee the FLDS engage in a “religious doctrine” known as ‘bleeding the beast,’ ” which she explained included applying for “every possible type of government of assistance that is available.” Author Stephen Singular, who has written a book about the FLDS, told the committee that Colorado City residents received “eight times the welfare assistance of comparably sized towns in the area.”
Hey, Harry, the nation is poised on the brink of another Depression, and you’re off investigating the FLDS–at taxpayer expense– when the data doesn’t even support the claims? And, Carolyn Jessop? Does anyone believe she has an ounce of credibility when it comes to FLDS issues? That’s like asking Fawn Brodie to write an objective biography of the Prophet Joseph Smith. (Cute the July 24th hearing date).
Face it, the government is still singling out the FLDS because of their peculiar and unpopular religious beliefs and practices. You don’t hear this in reference to lifestyles in government run ghettos all over the country:
But Paul Murphy, spokesman for Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, said that while there may not be “outright fraud” by the polygamous community, there is “a resentment that taxpayers are being used to support this lifestyle.
April 17, 2008
At least that is the theory. The FLDS community had no chance of withstanding Texas’ military style onslaught of its community almost two weeks ago–and to their credit they cooperated with Texas’ authorities, thereby avoiding bloodshed; however, now the law is supposed to level the playing field and allow the FLDS mothers and fathers the same ability as Texas to make their case in a court of law, rather than at the barrel of an automatic weapon or riding on an armored personnel carrier. We will see how that plays out today. (more…)
April 15, 2008
April 14, 2008
(Update 4/14/08 4:45 p.m.) The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Texas CPS in its ongoing abuse of the FLDS Mothers and children, has now separated all the mothers from their children! Does anyone involved in this operation have any media savvy, let alone compassion for these poor mothers and children?
If you haven’t seen Brooke Adams’ latest blog entry on the Plural Life about misconceptions of FLDS dress standards, please take a few minutes and read it. We can learn a few things here folks.
The most recent reports of the ill conceived Texas raid of the FLDS community near Eldorado Texas are more and more disturbing. The Deseret News has chronicled video interviews of several FLDS parents, whose children were kidnapped under color of law by Texas law enforcement in the recent raid. If you have not seen these videos, they are just heart wrenching and very powerful. I don’t know how to embed video, and I’m not sure these can be embedded as they belong to the Deseret News; however, I will provide the links below, and encourage you to view them for yourselves: (more…)