Warren Jeffs &
Freedom of Religion
SAN ANGELO - Polygamic prophet Warren Jeffs’ greatest crime is not his abuse of underage girls — which is grotesque and horrific — it’s his abuse of Freedom of Religion, one of our county’s greatest tenets.  For you eremites out there, Warren Jeffs, President of the Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), was recently convicted of two counts of sexual assault of a child; he claimed it was his religious prerogative, that he was protected by the First Amendment, Freedom of Religion.  That was his sole defense.  He did not argue that he did not have sex with underage girls.
Because Freedom of Religion is such a basic part of the foundation of our country, it’s really pretty easy to start a religion.  If you don’t believe me, check out the Church of Rock ‘n’ Roll: they believe in getting closer to God through dancing and partying to rock ‘n’ roll; or take a gander at the Church of Elvis (“You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog — amen”), or the Church of Monday Night Football.  There are countless churches of someone’s individual revelation.  “I had me a veesion!”
Warren Jeffs’ ecstatic vision, apparently, was a desolate Shangri-la where he and some other pedophiles could cultivate an unending crop of prepubescent nookie to fuck: a members-only club where a passel of dirty old men could rule over harems of nubile young — very very young — virgins who are taught from birth that their only godly purpose on Earth is to pleasure their assigned man and spread his seed.  Jeffs took a legitimate religion with a polygamous past, and polluted it with his vulgar vision.  The FLDS Church is the beastly result.
Jeffs has wrapped his all-too-pedestrian perversion in the righteous Cloak of Religious Freedom, attempting to put himself above the law, and gone hog wild! — turning his compound, the Yearning for Zion Ranch, into a pussy factory.  I use this cheap term, because that’s the way Jeffs and his religion look at women, as cheap objects, possessions, sex toys, not as people.  “No woman too young!” is the FLDS battle cry.
And it is bullshit to say that his trial was not an indictment of his entire religious sect, that it was the prosecution of only one man.  Any religion that believes Warren Jeffs is, or ever was, a prophet — a man who preaches child sexual abuse! — needs to lose their status as a religion.  Yes, every man and woman of that “church” stood silent and thereby abetted in the illegal sexual assault of young girls.  They have followed and supported Warren Jeffs’ beliefs for years: He really is their prophet.
I’m getting sick and tired of hearing FLDS members claim of how they were “tricked,” “lied to,” “duped,” and “misled” by Jeffs.  “I thought he was the voice of God” is not a defense.  Every member knew that underage girls were getting raped.  Every member knew.  America does not sanction religions that break the law with their rites and fundamental beliefs; that is not part of The Freedom.  Human sacrifice is not allowed, nor is pedophilia.  Like Freedom of Speech (you cannot falsely yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater), Freedom of Religion has its limits:  You don’t get to harm people, put people in harm’s way, or impinge their unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness.
Well, thank goodness Texas isn’t about to put up with some ersatz faux-Mormon cult moving into their state and balling “tweens.”  Fortunately Warren Jeffs, esq., had a fool for a client and was sentenced to Life+20.  He has a chance to get out on parole in 45 years ...when he’s hit the century mark!  No matter how you cut it, he’ll be worm bait in a wooden kimono when he gets out of the clink.
But what about the FLDS?  Well, I advocate a new crime-busting science: forensic genealogy.  The authorities need to subpoena and sift through the FLDS family records with a fine-toothed comb, matching children with the fathers who sired them, with birth dates, and figuring out how old the mother was when she was impregnated.  The men — for whom the sect solely exists to benefit — need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and the women need to be set free and generously given all the assistance the State can muster.  These women live in bondage; generation upon generation they have lived in bondage.
Using Freedom of Religion to justify and conceal these horrendous sex crimes is abominable.
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August 11, 2011
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