Hildale and Colorado City worry over Texas raid

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  • NancyH
    May 28, 2008 11:02 p.m.

    I just finished Carolyn Jessop's book and I am really outraged that this kind of life exists in today's world. The abuse and mistreatment to her and her children were beyond horrible. I am so proud of Texas and also Utah/Ariz for helping her. If I would of known her when she escaped, I would of helped her and her children. Please, lets clean up this abuse and if anyone wants to leave the life of FLDS - do it. You can get help.

  • gparthenais
    May 28, 2008 1:58 p.m.

    I just finished it too. I must say I was starting to get suckered into the idea that these poor families were being abused by the state, easy to really feel bad about the children separated from thier mothers. But after this book-- and she was married to a high-up guy who is now in control-- Merril Jessop, it was just a litany of chaos and abuse. And the fact that in the CNN series you see that Jeffs portrait is the only thing that is everywhere, no books, no culture of any kind. Plygamy is illegal, it needs to be prosecuted and the young girls need protection form this archane hellish society.

  • lizaclaire33
    May 13, 2008 8:01 p.m.

    Have read Carolyn Jessop"s "Escape" book and must say, it is a harrowing read that cost me several nights' sleep. Abused women, tortured children, and "Lost Boys." The only comment I can come up with is, God Bless Texas!

  • ..
    April 26, 2008 12:02 a.m.

    After reading some of Carolyn Jessop's story, I wonder why someone, including cps can't help the mother's who want to escape this tyranny, instead of separating the mother's from the children? The men break the spirits of the babies with spanking and water torture...and control the wives with abuse to the children and to the wives. Why aren't the men being rounded up? Why is more sorrow being placed upon the mothers and children? The mothers and children all need deprogramming and counseling. This is just awful...the whole situation is horrendous.

  • faxbot88240
    April 23, 2008 5:43 a.m.

    The supreme court ruled; No relgion is above the law.
    See reynolds vs. US. The case in texas is about child abuse NOT religion. I've been folowing this case and post on the ABC News boards about it also.
    Texas Thank You for stepping up. When the DNA testing is complete the cases will move forward.As soon as the parents cooperate that is.
    My understanding is they don't trust our governmet and thats the reason some won't.

  • Thomas
    April 9, 2008 9:05 p.m.

    14 year olds have been sentenced to life without parole for committing murder. Then you are old enough to get married.

  • Sarah
    April 8, 2008 12:13 a.m.

    It is the right thing to do to protect the children of the community, but it is hard to blame the young men that were raised this way as well. Texas is doing what they believe is right, though, what Texas feels is "right" is very hurtful, scary, and tramatic to the woman and children. My only hope, that in their quest to do what is right, is that Texas is prepared.

  • Randy
    April 6, 2008 3:43 p.m.

    These primitive "men" who want to have things their way will continue to do so until other good people step up and take them down. I say "way to go, Texas," for having the decency and compassion to step in and do what's right for these women and children. If I were in charge of things in Utah or Arizona, I'd have vans sitting in the center of town every day, and loudspeakers inviting anyone who wants to leave to come along. The real world needs to make it conspicuously clear to these folks that there is escape and a better way.

  • not a country boy
    April 6, 2008 12:38 p.m.

    Sorry country boy, but if you were trying to argue that they shouldn't be making sure that the children in Eldorado are not in an abusive situation then your statement does not present a logical argument. If there is sexual in mainstream LDS then it should be brought to the attention of law enforcement. To *know* about abuse in FLDS and do *nothing* would be tantamount to condoning the abuse of children and immoral. There is no favoratism going on here.

  • Calliope
    April 6, 2008 9:37 a.m.

    I don't know why Utah and Arizona have not stepped up yet and taken action of their own against these people. Child abuse is still child abuse no matter what religion one claims and I am proud of Texas for taking action. It will be interesting to see how all this pans out...

  • Just a Country Boy
    April 5, 2008 9:56 p.m.

    And OF COURSE there is no sexual abuse in the mainstream LDS Church.

  • It's about time
    April 5, 2008 3:25 p.m.

    Don't do the crime! As in 1890...I am pieved over this as I live on the Navajo reservation and these people had the vote way before our veterans did who served this country and saved it with their language! If this had been the other way around which it was then ..the law is the law! My question ? just how many felonous polygamous were and are still allowed the vote? Double standards once again!

  • Teri O
    April 5, 2008 1:32 p.m.

    I am in the middle of reading Carolyn Jessop's terrifying account at what really goes on in this cult and I couldn't agree with you more Nicole. This is a Taliban like cult where women are degraded, abused and held in contempt. Children are afterthoughts. It's disgusting and my hope is the group disappears.

  • Nicole
    April 5, 2008 12:33 p.m.

    I can't believe that the children in Utah and Arizona are being treated much better than the children in Texas. Religious freedom does not excuse child abuse and neglect. My thoughts are with the children in Texas, who must be terrified and confused right now, as well as with their mothers. These people are like the Taliban in how they treat women and children.

  • Mahonri
    April 5, 2008 7:06 a.m.

    They ought to be worried. Those out to get them are mainly Mormon inspired and they have the mindset about Polygamy like that of a reformed former smoker on cigarettes.