Are Polygamous families law abiding citizens? The last I knew, practicing
Polygamy was still breaking the law.
This is what happened. John Singer, an ex-Mormon but good man, wanted to home
teach his children, with an education that was practical, as how to fix common
car problems, how to fix things around the house (wiring, home building, etc.),
and he was teaching his children that. But the Utah educational system, which
didn't have practical programs in their public schools at that time, wanted
John's children to have a traditional schooling (math, reading, learning
English). So John just didn't bring his children to school, and the
officers walked onto his land and approached his house. John was working on his
car and had a weapon. When John turned around with the weapon, the officers
reacted and shot him. John died, and a majority of Utah citizens were mad at
the officers for shooting John. The officer who shot John was never charged and
was moved to another location for his protection. John felt Mormons just
followed the Prophet like soldiers marching step-in-step never questioning.The original incident destroyed a wonderful family, and caused the
incident of this article. The officers didn't handle the situation
correctly! It could have been avoided!
DN Subscriber 2: Federal officers did not set the fire in Waco. That fire was
set from inside
Prayers for Mr House's family during this time. That was a terrible time.
Isn't it amazing that government can commit criminal acts against citizens
without punishment but if citizens respond in kind, they must be punished for
"Their" criminal acts. How did this happen in a free country with a
Constitution written to protect our people from this kind of garbage? In this
case it's the government that should have initially been on trial.
Re: "There seem to be different standards of behavior and prosecution for
federal agents and 'civilians.'"Yeah -- real people
understand that criminals SHOULD be treated differently. And, that criminals
can't invoke immunity from prosecution for their crimes by cynically and
intentionally using their kids and other innocents as human shields.It's hard for me to see how this miscreant has accepted responsibility
for his crimes by mouthing words to the effect that his only mistake was not
finding another place to live, where authorities would be more tolerant of his
I am glad Mr. Swapp has reformed his ways after receiving appropriate punishment
for the death of a person in a "surrounded compound" situation.However, you really have to ask why is it that Swapp went to prison for 25
years, but no punishment at all for the federal agent who killed Randy
Weaver's wife in the door of his surrounded cabin while she held a baby.
In Waco, the "Branch Davidians" were holed up in their
compound, and surrounding officers set fire to the place (intentional or
accidental is up for debate) and 76 men women and children died in the fire. No
punishment for any of the officers.There seem to be different
standards of behavior and prosecution for federal agents and
"civilians." There should be NO deaths in these "surrounded
compound" situations, but when there are, people need to be held
Although I can understand the Swapp's/Singer's frustration over the
loss of John Singer, violence is not the answer. Hopefully Swapp and his family
have learned this lesson and can now move on. The forgiveness being shown by
House's widow is inspirational.