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.
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.
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?!