SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) -- More than half the teenage girls taken from a polygamist compound in west Texas have children or are pregnant, state officials said Monday.
A total of 53 girls between the ages of 14 and 17 are in state custody after a raid 3 1/2 weeks ago at the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado. Of those girls, 31 either have children or are pregnant, said Child Protective Services spokesman Darrell Azar. He didn't specify how many are pregnant.
"It shows you a pretty distinct pattern, that it was pretty pervasive," he said.State officials took custody of all 463 children at the ranch controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, saying a pattern of teen girls forced into underage "spiritual" marriages and sex with much older men created an unsafe environment for the sect's children.
Can I get sick now? Seriously.
I completely agree with the state's decision to take the children away from the compound. I know it was stressful for them, and scary as hell... but it had to be done. No one in that compound had their best interests at heart, they had their own ideas of what was important.
As I have mentioned many, many times before... this is child abuse in the worst way. Not only child abuse, but mental and emotional. These poor girls have been told their only way to their salvation is to marry and have children at such a young age...
Where are their Mothers? Surely there are women who have left, Carolyn Jessop for one, and took their children with them. Surely there is some sort of spark or light that goes off in a wife's head at some point to make them realize that they should protect the children they bring into the world. Why are not more of these women stepping up?
I know they are afraid, I would be terrified if I were in their position... but the authorities are already involved now. There is no turning back time. They now have the opportunity to talk and take their families to safety... why aren't more women doing it?
Because they are brainwashed into believing they are living God's word...
I must bring up the fact (again) that these people are simply living the life that Joseph Smith taught them to live. The Modern Mormon Church tries its best to convince everyone that they have nothing to do with polygamy and this sect's practices... but it's not true. They still believe Joseph Smith to be a true prophet of God. How can you claim him a prophet and then not practice what he taught?
Yes, Mormon friends... I do know that you will say that the church received revelation that the practice was to stop... but think long and hard about the reasons behind that so-called revelation. They knew they had to stop, and they stopped. The FLDS didn't and stayed true to the lessons of the first prophet.
Polygamy is supposedly practiced in the celestial kingdom, it's supposed to be a reward for living a good life and living faithfully to the gospel. Why do they consider that a reward? Why do they think women want this for themselves for eternity?
I just want to shake some sense into people. Open your eyes!
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