Warren Jeffs' grip in polygamous church likely to remain

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  • DUPDaze Bakersfield, CA
    Aug. 11, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    You hit it on the head, Dectol: Actions define exactly what politicians and church leaders think of "Fundies".
    Do you see any state or church-wide assistance programs for young mothers who wish to escape? How many safe houses or programs to help escapees reintegrate are there? I've surfed the net, surveyed family, called local ward houses. The responses shockingly range from apathy to annoyance to anger. "It's not our problem, they've chosen apostacy, they deserve the consequences of false doctrine, they'll drain our state or church resources, the church is here for all who want to join..."

    I first heard the shocking moniker, Fundies, used in a derisive way in St. George while visiting family. Standing in a check-out line, I had asked a local what he thought of all the fundamentalist families shopping in the local Wal-Mart. He sneered at them and said you could tell a 'fundie family a mile away'. He went on to sneer at their "wierd hair and clothes". I asked how long he'd lived there and if he'd ever spoken to any families. All his life, never had and never would speak to any apostates.

    What would Jesus do?

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Aug. 11, 2011 9:17 a.m.

    All the years living in Utah. All his followers 'marrying' children. All the other polygamous groups that are as bad.

    Why aren't prosecutions a normal part of law enforcement?

    Don't the girls matter in Utah?

  • sfcretdennis Nice, CA
    Aug. 11, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    I have found that ones faith is based on what one chooses to believe. People complain about the mistakes of our past but fail to look at the mistakes of their churches past.

    What everyone needs to do is stop looking at past mistake of church leaders, all faiths, and look at what they are doing today.

    Some of you are upset over our support of Prop 8, and felt we should support same sex agenda, what you are asking us to do is go agent the will of God. I would ask everyone would you go agents the will of God and if so how do you think he would fell about you disobeying his laws. How would you feel if your children did not do what you wonted because they decided you were wrong? Would you not discipline them? Would you change your family values and rules just because your child said you are out dated and old fashioned?

    We don't dislike same sex couples; we wish to follow the laws of God, as we understand it, and choose not to ignore his laws. Just like all the other faiths that supported Prop 8.

  • Walt Nicholes Orem, UT
    Aug. 10, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    At some point the Holy Ghost will reveal the truth to these people and they will reluctantly elect a new prophet.

    Then their life will go on - perhaps without the child marriage feature.

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    Aug. 10, 2011 6:31 p.m.

    No wonder Jeffs had to use coercion on those young girls. He is so butt ugly in that new ID photo, it is clear that no free woman would have anything to do with him.

  • Kami Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 10, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    Great new pic Jeffs. LOL

    @SnowCanyonDad, if the FLDS followers are smarter than Jeffs thinks they are, why are they still FLDS followers?

  • SnowCanyonDad SANTA CLARA, UT
    Aug. 10, 2011 5:53 p.m.

    Being from Southern Utah, and seeing many of FLDS followers, most of them are carrying I phones. They are smarter than Warren Jeffs thinks they are.

  • firstamendment Lehi, UT
    Aug. 10, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    I'm sure some will use this as justification for hating all religion or mainstream LDS.

    I read through the other article discussing how other FLDS rebelled against JEffs long ago. I met some adult FLDS female missionaries from before the Jeffs era. They were bold (like JW bold), independent, and were thinking just as freely as many of today's misinformed college students.

    One of them said she chose not to be a polygamist but believed in it as a principle and supported teh FLDS, the other said she WANTED to be a polygamist. I don't believe we have a right to arrest her for that, but I don't think we should show our support by legally condoning polygamy etc through marriage.

    The idea that all polygamist women were oppressed, blind fanatics is prejudice.

    Polygamist women were some of Americas first female Doctors, Lawyers, voters, etc. Things weren't always as they are now.

    Associating this with mainstream LDS or religion in general is bigotry, and doesn't help foster understanding between people. Most true LDS support prop 08 and other constitutions which discourage polygamy, child marriages (one WOMAN one man), and other harmful marriages.