Episode 84: The FLDS, Part One

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  • Jimmy

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    I don’t really ezhptaime at all with the FLDS. They are using the media to gain sympathy. One thing to their credit is they stay on topic they don’t deviate from the script.They bought the ranch in El Dorado under false pretense (told everyone that it was going to be a hunting lodge–and it wasn’t). They didn’t have proper sewage treatment and were finally fined until they fixed it but they didn’t want to fix it. The leadership keeps the men and women on a short leash. One wrong move and your wife is someone else’s and if you’re a young male you might be kicked out. They aren’t allowed to make friends with the outside world.I still believe that the government had a responsibility to ensure that there was no child abuse going on. Texas felt the only way to ensure no abuse was taking place was to take all the children. I can tell you that the volunteers in San Angelo did everything they could to ensure that the children were cared for properly (we personally knew volunteers ).The women of the FLDS want us to feel sorry about the living conditions at Ft Concho now claiming it was like stables. I lived in San Angelo for 4 years and visited Ft Concho many times. The rooms are not at all like stables. The enlisted barracks are large with thick walls and wooden floors. They have windows and doors to open for ventilation. There are large wooden porches to sit out on if you want to. The parade ground provided plenty of room for playing. The officer houses–are houses..and people rent them for family reunions.The children weren’t taken away because the FLDS believe differently. They were taken away because of alleged child abuse. Do I feel sorry for the FLDS? No.

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  • John

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    As humanaterians I feel we need to have a degree of empathy for the victims all fundamentalist belief systems . The sad conundrum in this case of the Jeffs group is the isolation of its members and the threat of outcast from community . Yes many people in these compounds may know about the abuse ,but these poor unfortunate women won’t speak up in fear of loosing their children , their community and their God . Such is the hypnotic manipulative power of fanatical men who move people on a chess board under the banner and power of heaven . From a 14 year old child (kimbal ) groomed and manipulated by her father and a man of power to an onslaught of hundreds of children groomed and wickedly desired from the moment they hit puberty . May god have mercy on the souls of men who have used his name for evil .

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  • John oreilly

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    Even if these men were deluded into believing they were performing gods will , I truly believe that deep down in the core of their soul lies the true spirit of Christ which most assuredly would have told them thAt marrying multiple women and children is wrong wrong wrong .
    I believe this same spirit communicates this message to all people in all belief groups .the terrorist bomber , the leaders who denied the priesthood to blacks , the leaders that deny children of lgtb bsitism . Deep down deep deep down something very powerful very loving very companionate very understanding is saying , wrong wrong wrong . This is the true undiluted uncluttered unconditioned spirit of an all knowing and loving God .

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  • Robert Richter

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    As former FLDS, it’s rare and refreshing to see this quality of accuracy.

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