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08-09-11, 02:23 PM #1
Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs sentenced to life in prison for child sex abusePolygamist leader Warren Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting two underage followers he took as brides in what his church deemed "spiritual marriages."
08-09-11, 10:51 PM #2Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting two underage followers he took as brides in what his church deemed "spiritual marriages."
The 55-year-old head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints stood quietly as the decision of the Texas jury was read. He received the maximum sentence on both counts.
This Jeffs character also permitted incestuous relationships so I am told. I could be mistaken on that point.
This is just for informational purposes. I am not accusing anyone here of anything. I just wish to give an explanation or dis-spell some rumors to anyone reading this, who might be wondering or asking questions.
Jeffs has claimed he was the victim of religious persecution. The FLDS, which has at least 10,000 members nationwide, is a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism.
The FLDS group has been known to sign up many of these women onto welfare because their presidency can't take care of them financially.
I believe that this FLDS thing is one of the main reasons why The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints abolished the practice of polygamy when Utah became a state in the 1890's. The US Government even seized the LDS Church's assets at the time. To this day, anyone caught practicing polygamy within the main body of the Church, or associating with such apostate groups is excommunicated on the spot.
Another reason is that polygamy is against the law. The LDS Church admonishes it's members to live by the laws of the land.
The FLDS group got it's start when a some of the members chose to continue to practice polygamy despite being told by the General Presidency of the Church to cease and desist this practice. .......and yes, they were excommunicated.
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