A friend dropped by the blog this week. She read the postings and wrote me a note saying essentially ‘This is why I don’t blog. You cannot reason with some people.’ She spoke of being personally attacked in the past and I understood her stance, for sure.
I told her I didn’t mind being attacked, and that it was my belief that the more rope you gave someone...
I’ve certainly never attacked anyone’s rights to practice their faith. This is a free country. I don’t care if someone wants to worship dirty socks hanging from the low branches of a tree in their back yard. They can ascribe all the power in the universe to the socks for all I care.
They can build a shrine, kneel and pray, offer tithes, offerings and hold group devotional meetings for the socks. They can bring their children to the socks teaching them how the socks created the universe and hold all the power in it.
But the day the adults tell children in the group that the dirty socks want them to disrobe and submit to sex acts in the sock’s name my tolerance for religion ends and my desire to see criminals prosecuted begins.
My investigation of Colorado City had nothing to do with religion and everything to do with abuse and polygamy.
Just as they did after the Arizona raid in 1953, the FLDS has waged a concerted PR effort to sway the public to believe they were persecuted for their religion, rather than prosecuted for their abuse.
When you present the American public with the facts of polygamy, worldwide, Colorado City seems to have the very same problems that crop up in every single known polygamous culture already in existence. Even though the religious beliefs behind the practice differ from culture to culture, the abusive results don’t.
Islamic polygamy produces exactly the same results. They have different gods, different religions, and the same practice of polygamy.
All polygamous cultures exhibit these characteristics
Child labor issues
Pedophilia of female children
Control and limitation of women’s freedom in choice of: life partner, movement, speech, dress, education, career, birth control, and virtually every other aspect of private life
High infant mortality rates
Families in gross poverty
Colorado City, Arizona is the largest all polygamous community operating in the United States of America. If my supposition is that polygamy is abusive by nature and I wanted to look at an American group of practicing polygamists to know for sure, what better place in America is there to look?
So why is it so surprising that I would want the public to know the facts, by the numbers, of what is happening in Colorado City, Arizona, USA?