When polygamist Warren Jeffs was arrested most bloggers preferred talking about his attire ,
the genetic damage of polygamy
or (worse) finding excuses
to defend the SOB ,
while the snake in this tale lay coiled quietly in a corner.
It’s slavery. (The correct caption for this picture should be, escaped slave.)
When you force women, from birth, to obey your every command, when
you force them to sexually service you from puberty, even bearing
your children while they are themselves children, when you isolate
them from the larger world from birth to death, you are practicing
Only the race of the victims.
What is the difference between Jeffs’ using his “religious
authority” to intimidate witnesses and corrupt authority, and the
abuses of the Mafia, or the Medillin cartel?
There is none.
Today’s slaves in the Mountain West are white women. They are just
as enslaved as blacks were 160 years ago. Just because the chains
today consist of religious authority or the fear of being shunned by
the only people they know doesn’t change the reality. If you are born
a slave, brought up a slave and live a slave’s life, you’re just as
much a slave as the man or woman who rebels against their state of
captivity. Mental and emotional chains, imposed from birth, are just
as effective as physical chains. (And on most Antebellum plantations, the chains were not visible to the casual observer.)
There is an inherent tension between the absolute freedom given
religious groups by the First Amendment and all the other rights
enumerated by the Bill of Rights. Over the last several decades,
judges have tended to lean toward endorsing religious freedom,
especially since the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
But there’s a limit.
Unfortunately we’re not really dealing with a small sect here.
Polygamy has been at the heart of the Mormon Church since its
founding. (If you want to read a spirited defense of the practice,
might I recommend Orson Scott Card’s Saints.)
Despite the church’s official turnabout on this in 1890, the idea
that women are not slaves to men is only skin deep.
The excuse that women “choose” to live this way in deference
to “God’s will” is, in the end, the same nonsense Southern
Baptists spouted for 100 years to defend black subjugation. The way
in which LDS leaders have tried to play the press and discourage
should be self-explanatory. In my view it prevents former
Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, or any other Mormon, from
deserving consideration for high office. Their treatment of women as
property whether in or out of plural marriage needs to be condemned
I’m writing at length about this because I think it’s important
you understand, and because it’s vital federal authorities take this
seriously. How can we condemn Shiite or Sunni clerics for their
teachings, and the result of those teachings, while we allow this
kind of nonsense on our own soil? The so-called Fundamentalist Church
of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints
needs to be destroyed, utterly. White slavery needs to end.
So long as anyone is a slave, no man is free. And no woman,