I've been reading one of the more horrifying stories about the raid on the polygamist compound in Texas.
Polygamous sect's temple secret haven for sex with underage brides?
By Brooke Adams
The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 04/10/2008 10:58:45 AM MDT
SAN ANGELO, Texas - Adult FLDS men were having sex with underage brides inside the massive limestone temple at the polygamous sect's Texas ranch, a
confidential informant told authorities.
A search warrant unsealed Wednesday by a Texas judge said Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran learned that information from a confidential
informant he has worked with for several years. The warrant says the informant is a former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints.
On Saturday, as a sweeping raid at the YFZ Ranch in Eldorado was entering its third day, the informant spoke to Doran and made the allegation
about the temple. Authorities used a hydraulic tool to pry open locked doors to the white stone sanctuary late that night, after FLDS members objected
to nonmembers entering the space.
In a Wednesday court filing, FLDS attorneys pointed out the temple was not listed in the initial search warrant signed by the judge. The filing
said that members James Jessop, Rulon Keate and Luke Jessop were "present and praying" in front of the temple as officers dragged them out of the
way. It also says other officers fired weapons into woods near the temple as its gates were opened. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
This brings to mind many of the other "religious" means male dominated religions use to abuse and mistreat women and children. It seems inevitable
that when men are given absolute power - as they seem to be in religions like this - they resort to abuse and mistreatment of women and children.
What drives this? What deep and fundamental flaw in men encourages them to use religion as a means of abuse?
As I get older, I've learned that religious ferver should be about goodness and love - not hate, abuse of others, power and control.
Yet, in most religious documents dominated by past practices rife with abuses of power and control, I find it harder and harder to find the love and
goodness I seek.
And I wonder - if God was really like this, would I want to know him?
Frankly, if God really were like this, I'd want to run off into the wilderness to make a life of my own without the evil influence.
I keep hope by thinking that somehow, someway, all these abuses twist religion to conform to male desires and have nothing to do with God.
What is it, exactly, that drives men to do this?