A few days ago, Beth and I watched some 20/20 piece on the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints, who are basically Mormons who split off from the main church when it decided to no longer espouse polygamy. For the FLDS, not only is polygamy allowed, but it’s pretty much mandatory for the men.

The women are basically screwed over, having no say in who their husbands are, being forced to submit to their whims, and then cranking out so many babies that they get to be on a first-name basis with the stork. Mind you, I doubt it’s that great for the men either. Wow, three basically interchangeable wives in ugly dresses. What more could a man ask for? And here I would have thought one of the obvious advantages to polygamy would be variety. Anyway, the piece talked about how education is so bad in the area controlled by the cult that people lack even a first-grade understanding of language and the like, and their textbooks even say humans never landed on the Moon. You probably know that Warren Jeffs, the leader of the FLDS, was jailed a few years ago for sexual assault; but it appears that he’s still essentially running the whole thing from prison, sort of like Suge Knight (Beth’s comparison). Not sure how he finds the time with all of his masturbation and hunger strikes, but that’s the impression I got. I always find myself wondering how sleazebags like Jeffs manage to get so many people in their thrall, but I guess there are different sorts of charisma.

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1 Response to FLDS Fail

  1. Ed Kociela says:

    If you are looking for more information about Warren Jeffs and the polygamous FLDS cult, check out ‘plygs,’ a journalistic novel available at Amazon.com

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