Because Jen is busy interviewing pool boys (don’t tell her husband) I get to take her slot today. And since I’ve been a relative stranger the past few weeks, I’m sure you are all asking, “What the heck?”
It’s a fair question. I’ve asked that a few times myself. First there was some surgery that decided to catch me by surprise, and that took some time to heal from. And then there were some personal issues that reared their ugly heads right around the same time that my health declined, and they all combined together to make my life pretty unstable for a while.
My health is on the upswing now, and the personal issues are being dealt with, and so I came back, but the ladies at MSW managed to get some really cool guest bloggers, so I didn’t want to interfere with them. So I just bumped Jen….
I’m sure she thought it would be really cool if I would talk about Warren Jeffs, or as I like to call him, Weenie Rat Face. Jeffs was the prophet of the FLDS group in Colorado City, and responsible for ruining the lives of countless teenage girls, and boys, too. The girls he married off to old men, and the boys he ousted from the community for trivial offenses because they were too much competition for the old men.
When it became apparent Jeffs was facing charges, he took off and hid like the cowardly scum he is, but he was eventually caught. He has been on trial, and his fate now rests in the hands of the jury. We should know this week what the verdict will be.
His attorney claims he is the fall-guy for a government that doesn’t like his religion. I can assure you, that is not true.
Yes, it is true that the mainstream LDS Church, and the Utah government that is filled with adherents to the faith, does not like Jeffs and his little group of polygamists. They don’t like the FLDS group because every time someone talks about them, the LDS Church must address its own ties to polygamy. They’d rather not talk about that, thankyouverymuch.
For years, polygamy was ignored in Utah mainly for that reason, and the fact that it’s hard to reconcile charging someone with a crime that you know your own grandparents were guilty of—and they didn’t consider it a crime at all.
That ended with Tom Green, the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, and the advent of a new media that no longer decided to ignore Utah Mormonism.
And so, Warren Jeffs had to go. I suspect he will serve some time on this charge, but how much? And once he is away, will the focus be gone, and other polygamists left to carry on in marrying off young, innocent teenage girls to old men?
This is a crime that I addressed in my very first book, SISTERWIFE, and one that I will continue to address until it is STAMPED OUT. A 13-year-old girl is not a consenting adult. And she has a mind, and a brain, and she does NOT deserve to be given no chance at all at life.
If this bothered you, or bothers you at all, stay up in arms, please.
So, there I go. Welcome back with a rant.
Tomorrow, please tune in for Susan McBride, a wonderful writer and a great person!