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Published: Thursday, April 28 2011 6:00 p.m. MDT

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Las Vegas, NV

Fighting over the spoils of a cult gone bad. Residents of Utah and Arizona should demand that their legislatures and law enforcement clean up these sham religions. Don't they realize how many taxpayer dollars go to support corrupt polygamists? Last I read, 20-30 million a years just to support the FLDS in Colorado City/Hildale!!! Republicans in Mohave County depend on Colorado City, AZ to win elections - the whole town votes republican. How sick is that?!

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

If we give the government power to prosecute "sham religions" it can then be used to attack other religions when they also become unpopular.

If rounding polygamists up and putting them in jail was the solution than the Short Creek raid would have ended the polygamous movement in Hillsdale and Short Creek (now know as Colorado City). It did not.

Violating civil rights is not the answer here.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

Jessop is essentially asking the state to put him in charge of the Church on the grounds that Warren Jeffs has excommunicated people for reasons that we should object to.

Well, I have new for Mr. Jessop. A religious leader has the right to excomunicate anyone for any reason or no reason, and if the government steps in and even tries to second guess an excommunication it is inherently violating civil rights. Freedom of religion dies the moement the government puts even the ability to second guess on excommunication.

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