Comparing the Polygamist Mormons (FLDS Church) with the Amish?

A great big shout out to the Life on the Run blog for it’s heartfelt and informative post of polygamy and plural wives.

I actually live VERY (frightening) near the FLDS community of Colorado City (otherwise known as Short Creek). **** It is not at all unusual to go into town and see one man, five wives, and a multitude of children entering the WalMart together. It is just accepted as the way things are. I have in fact heard people comment that it is no different than venturing into eastern Pennsylvania and seeing the Amish pull up in their buggies.

**** SIDE NOTE: Colorado City is actually two towns – Colorado City, AZ and Hilldale, Utah. Word is, whichever state is hassling them at any given time, they claim to be the OTHER state’s residents. Neither state has done much though, or these problems would have been quelled years ago. The town’s share law enforcement and politicians – they are in essence the same town. People don’t own their homes or land – the FLDS church does. Tick ’em off, you are out on your ear with nothing. Oh, and one way to tick ’em off GOOD is to NOT allow a perverted old man to marry your thirteen year old girl.

Now I grew up near the Amish and this is very, very different. The Amish do not force young girls into servitude as sex slaves. (And yes, call it religion if you like, but when you marry off a thirteen year old girl against her will to a 60 year old man for the purpose of reproducing and satisfying that sick old man’s sex drive, then THAT my friends IS a sex slave). The Amish honor their children.

The Amish also do not believe in multiple wives. Now, if an adult wants to willingly go into a plural marriage, part of me want to say OK. You’re decision honey. And in the case of television like “Big Love”, the women really do seem like they have made that decision freely. But what if you are, as the Life on the Run blog indicates, indoctrinated into this way of thinking? Is an 18 or 20 year old who has been told her whole life that God will only love her and allow her into heaven IF she is a plural wife any different than a thirteen year old?

Back to Amish briefly. At around 18, before being baptized, and most likely married, young Amish adults are allowed a time of Rumspringa (German for “running around” or “jumping around”). During this time a young adult may even leave the family fold for a short time to experience the world. But most Amish return home. They are not attempting to escape in the dead of night only to be captured and beaten and tortured before being returned to their 60 year old husband/captor (where they are likely beaten and raped again). Most Amish return home because of the love and tranquility they feel there. Amish subscribe to something referred to as Gelassenheit or humility, calmness and serenity.

So don’t go comparing the Amish to the FLDS polygamist sect of Colorado City and Texas. I have experienced watching them firsthand in public and in their communities. Yes, I have ventured into the community of Colorado City/Hilldale on occasion if I happen to be driving through and need gas, or a candy bar (no Diet Coke though – and heavens, NO beer!). It is like being in the middle of a macabre Stepford Wives horror film – the children (girls in their long dresses and boys dressed in crisp shirts and ties to play outside – not really a commentary on style but more a visual for you who have never been there) step back in unison as an unfamiliar car trolls by. Mothers warily enter their yards and gather their children near. They seem the protective and loving parents. And in some ways I’m sure they are. But can a Dad who has fathered forty children (not an exaggeration for an “elder”) even know all of his children’s names? Does he even care? And those same little girls playing in the yards will soon be auctioned off like cattle to the oldest man with the largest brothel. It is heart-breaking to watch.

And let us not forget the boys, Many of them, unless they are pegged to be something greater and therefore, cherished and protected, are set out. They are seen as a threat to the old men in their quests for younger and more beautiful wives. So they too are victims of this cult.

And don’t be fooled. This offshoot of the mainstream LDS church IS a cult. Any organization that attempts mind control, body control, financial control of its members is nothing else. And when you throw in a bit of sexual deviation and out-and-out rape of young girls, well, there you go. You have yourself an American born cult.

THANK YOU again to Life on the Run blog for bringing this issue forward today!

Also, kudos to Texas for at least in the present, appearing to have the balls to do what Arizona and Utah have been unwilling to do for decades.

Also, check out http://gosw.about.com/od/southwesthistory/a/polygamy.htm

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5 Responses to “Comparing the Polygamist Mormons (FLDS Church) with the Amish?”

  1. grandmasheri Says:

    Nice job. I would think it is a true and THOROUGHLY nasty insult to say the FLDS is in anyway similar to the Amish. How interesting to hear your perspective with your background of living near the Amish and now near the mess that is the FLDS. I live in South Dakota where in one of the remote areas 12 miles from our little town a new FLDS related compound has sprung up. I just had a conversation with a friend about how wrong it is to look the other way and for our law enforcement and schools to not be more diligent in their policing of this mess. Thanks for sharing.

  2. sugarsprouts Says:

    Thanks. It frightens me how many people try and compare the two. Usually the type I could be described as – you know “New Age sensitive types” who think live and let live. Well, I DO believe that but not when children are being harmed and not when a calm group of pacifists are compared to child-molesting cretins.

    Oh, and just to clarify, the FLDS are an OFFshoot of the mainstream LDS church for whom these comments do not apply.

  3. Ghislain Tremblay Says:

    Well, FDLS 1 TX 0
    Those Bozos can now return doing what they were doing for the last 50 years and laught there heads off!
    Thanh to the Red Jacqueted Judges wo are really rule t his country!
    For once that a State had the Gut to do something about a problem that linger for decades the ferking judges are saying No No you can’t do that. And the world stand still for another century! And the bleeding hearths are happy and the rapes can carry-on!
    How pathetic

  4. Ghislain Tremblay Says:

    Well, FDLS 1 TX 0
    Those Bozos can now return doing what they were doing for the last 50 years and laught there heads off! They can now elect a new prophet now that Wareren Jeffs is jailed and a martyr and elect a new prophet and business will be as usual! Understandually he will in direct contact with God and probably Joseph Smith! How naif one can be!

    Thank to the Red Jacqueted Judges wo are really rule t his country!
    For once that a State had the Gut to do something about a problem that linger for decades the ferking judges are saying No No you can’t do that. And the world stand still for another century! And the bleeding hearths are happy and the rapes can carry-on!
    How pathetic

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