Texas vs. FLDS: A year after the raid



Winning public opinion » Letting news media in gave polygamous community a human face.

By Brooke Adams
The Salt Lake Tribune - Updated:03/29/2009 07:01:16 AM MDT

At the Yearning For Zion Ranch, life has regained a familiar rhythm.

Families awake at 5 a.m., gather for prayers, breakfast and chores before the children head to the sect's private school. Days end much the same way: chores, a meal, prayer.

There is just one sign of the disruption that unfolded here last April: The gleaming limestone temple, once illuminated and visible for miles against the night sky, is shuttered and dark.

Polygamy is coming - to Canada



Looks like a historic legal battle is shaping up over polygamy, the outcome of which will surely be determined by the Supreme Court of Canada.

I understand why, for political reasons, the government feels compelled to fight polygamy tooth and nail, but I suspect the government will lose. The polygamists have what seems to be an unassailable constitutional position. If polygamy is an expression of their religion, and if the participants are all consenting adults, then I don't see how the state can say no.

Oprah Goes to the YFZ Ranch - Airs Monday March 30, 2009


Folks - This would probably be a good one to tune in to and I would love feedback from the show. Years ago Oprah interviewed Alex Joseph and it was a pretty positive show. Seems like about 2 years ago she did a show where Lisa Ling went to the FLDS town of Colorado City and did an interview. Some of the show was hyped up a bit as they had Carolyn Jessop there, and I can well imagine no one wanted to talk to her. Even at that, Lisa Ling had a great after show interview with a group of teens and you could tell she was surprised.


Exclusive: Oprah Goes Inside the Yearning for Zion Polygamist Ranch
(OAD 03/30/2009)

Quest to legalise polygamy in Utah



Quest to legalise polygamy in Utah

Some 40,000 people in the US state of Utah live in illegal polygamous families in which a man takes more than one wife. These fundamentalist Mormons have now begun a campaign for a change in the law they regard as discriminatory and unfair. Humphrey Hawksley met some of the families involved.

"All right everyone, listen up," shouted Kody Brown, brushing his shoulder-length hair clear of his face.

He put both hands out in front of him, pointing towards 12 children aged between four and 14 gathered around a square table in the middle of a huge kitchen. Six were on one end. One all alone in the middle and five with their mother stood at the other end.

Texas lawmakers forming panel to examine FLDS raid




The Texas State Legislature is forming a special subcommittee to take a second look at the raid on the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch.

At the start of a hearing of the Texas House Human Services Committee on Tuesday, Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, announced the formation of the subcommittee.

"The situation in Eldorado over the interim presented real challenges for the department and real challenges for the state," Rose said. "A lot of us have been talking about those issues during the interim."

HBO and 'Big Love' Creators Apologize, but Controversial Episode Will Air Sunday



HBO, Mormons square off over airing of sacred rite
By JENNIFER DOBNER – 5 hours ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — HBO on Tuesday defended its plans to depict a sacred Mormon temple ceremony in an upcoming episode of "Big Love."

The drama about a Utah polygamous family will show an endowment ceremony Sunday.

HBO said it did not intend to be disrespectful of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and apologized.

"Obviously, it was not our intention to do anything disrespectful to the church, but to those who may be offended, we offer our sincere apology," the premium cable channel said in a statement issued Tuesday.

But the ceremony is an important part of the "Big Love" story line, HBO said.

Winnipeg Sun ~ Drop polygamy charges: liberties watchdog



VANCOUVER — A civil liberties watchdog group is calling on the Crown to immediately drop polygamy charges against the leaders of a controversial B.C. religious sect.

Winston Blackmore and James Oler, leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Bountiful, B.C., were charged last month with practising polygamy.

Blackmore, 52, is accused of having 19 wives and 44-year-old Oler, three.

But the B.C. Civil Liberties Association said Monday that the 1892 law that the two men have been charged under violates religious freedom.

“The Criminal Code provides adequate provisions for protecting vulnerable women and children without invoking section 293,” the group said in a statement.

Polygamists at the Capitol proclaim: 'We're families, not felons!'



By Ben Winslow
Deseret News
Published: Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009 1:33 p.m. MST

Leslie Wayman raised her hand to ask a question.

"Will you please help us get the felony charge dropped?" the Bluffdale woman asked Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

"I'm not a legislator," he told her, giving a long-winded explanation about bigamy laws and how past efforts have gone nowhere in the Utah State Legislature.

Update on Polygamist at Capital Day - Interview with Mark Shurleff


Rather than post the link to KSL i am pointing you to the Plural Wife blog for the KSL video.


There is a transcript of the interview there as well.

Mark Shurtleff, the AG for the State of Utah, states basically that if all you are doing in polygamy you have nothing to worry about from his office.

I would much like to believe that, but as long as the cohabitation laws are on the books, it is hard to just take a relaxed point of view on this.

However, we here at 4thefamily, would also like to thank Mr. Shurtleff for not going along with Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada when he told Utah to Pony Up on the polygamy issue!


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