Warren Jeffs, polygamy, religion and rape

Warren Jeffs, the leader of the polygamous break-away sects of Mormonism in Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Ariz, has been convicted of being an accomplice to rape. Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs listens as a jury finds him guilty of being an accomplice to rape.

He married a 14-year-old girl against her will to a cousin she says she did not like. The courts have argued that he knew in a case like this that non-consensual sex would occur.

Of course, his lawyers plan to appeal. Unfortunately, they may have a case for appeal since the New York Times reports that the jury was deadlocked until an alternate jury was substituted for one of the original panel members for “reasons the court did not explain.”

If you want to watch a documentary about Colorado City and Hildale, the twin communities where members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints live, click here. You may have to become a member of Az news sources in order to watch the documentary. The documentary suffers from a one-sided perspective–the only people willing to talk to the reporters are disaffected members, those who have left or been barred from the community, and those like Flora Jessup who conduct an underground railroad where they help women escape. From this perspective, the only possible interpretation of the religion and its leaders and practices is characterized through such labels as “America’s Taliban” and “welfare state.” I don’t have a problem with those characterizations but I wish (and I’m sure the reporters who wrote the report wished) they could have had an “insider’s” perspective from someone who is still an active member of the church/community.

Comments 4

  1. Matt

    It has been the front page news for the last month here in SLC. Annie and I were flabergasted when they actually have Jeffs a guilty verdict. Utah is a strange place at times and it has been the practice for many years not to prosecute polygamists because it is such a “wide spread” practice and would cost too much money.

  2. Jess

    What is the local reaction to his guilty verdict?

  3. Olivia Miller

    In reality, no single religion could guarantee us a place in Heaven. In the end, what matters is how we a treat other people.”.`

  4. Spoon Rest

    what matters most is the good deeds that we do on our fellow men, it does not matter what religion you have as long as you do good stuffs .;;

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