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Justice Department sues fundamentalist Mormon sect for discrimination
The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 22, 2012 | Brad Knickerbocker

Posted on 06/23/2012 6:07:10 AM PDT by Colofornian

The US Justice Department has filed suit against the adjoining towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, communities populated largely by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS).

...FLDS...controls most...law enforcement and other government services in those two communities...It is charged with discriminating against those who are not members of the FLDS.

The Justice Department...alleges...the cities’ joint police department “routinely uses its enforcement authority to enforce the edicts and will of the FLDS; fails to protect non-FLDS individuals from victimization by FLDS individuals; refuses to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies’ investigations of FLDS individuals; selectively enforces laws against non-FLDS; and uses its authority to facilitate unlawful evictions of non-FLDS, among other unlawful conduct...”

“The complaint also alleges that Colorado City, Hildale, Twin City Water Authority and Twin City Power have denied or unreasonably delayed providing water and electric service to non-FLDS residents, and that the municipalities refuse to issue building permits and prevent individuals from constructing or occupying existing housing because of the individuals’ religious affiliation...”

SNIP

“The Mormon Church...,” writes Debra Weyermann in a lengthy cover story in the current issue of High Country News magazine. “...has refused to condemn the FLDS, even though its spokesmen have often been asked to do so.”

Ms. Weyermann...is the author of “Answer Them Nothing: Bringing Down the Polygamous Empire of Warren Jeffs...”

...Jeffs is...serving a life sentence...for two counts of sexual assault of a child – girls ages 15 and 12...

...Jeffs...is widely believed to direct FLDS activities in Colorado City, Hildale, and elsewhere from his prison cell, including the assignment of wives.

"The cities' governments, including the Marshal's Office, have been deployed to carry out the will and dictates of FLDS leaders, particularly...Jeffs and the officials to whom he delegates authority," the... lawsuit states.

(Excerpt) Read more at csmonitor.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events; Moral Issues; Other non-Christian; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: flds; fundamentalists; inman; lawsuit; mormon
From the article: The US Justice Department has filed suit against the adjoining towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, communities populated largely by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS)...FLDS...controls most...law enforcement and other government services in those two communities...It is charged with discriminating against those who are not members of the FLDS. The Justice Department...alleges...the cities’ joint police department “routinely uses its enforcement authority to enforce the edicts and will of the FLDS; fails to protect non-FLDS individuals from victimization by FLDS individuals; refuses to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies’ investigations of FLDS individuals; selectively enforces laws against non-FLDS; and uses its authority to facilitate unlawful evictions of non-FLDS, among other unlawful conduct...” “The complaint also alleges that Colorado City, Hildale, Twin City Water Authority and Twin City Power have denied or unreasonably delayed providing water and electric service to non-FLDS residents, and that the municipalities refuse to issue building permits and prevent individuals from constructing or occupying existing housing because of the individuals’ religious affiliation...” ...Jeffs...is widely believed to direct FLDS activities in Colorado City, Hildale, and elsewhere from his prison cell, including the assignment of wives. "The cities' governments, including the Marshal's Office, have been deployed to carry out the will and dictates of FLDS leaders, particularly...Jeffs and the officials to whom he delegates authority," the... lawsuit states.

If the fundamentalist Mormon 'prophet' Warren Jeffs can still continue to direct all this while serving a life sentence, think of what the Salt Lake City 'prophet' can do -- free -- directing THE leader of the free world in D.C.

Both 'prophets' serve the SAME Mormon god who directed both to engage in polygamy -- including polygamy with young teens. (So you tell me with full guarantees what this Mormon 'god' will direct -- or not direct -- next)

1 posted on 06/23/2012 6:07:24 AM PDT by Colofornian
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This article reference fraud (welfare) and a “kid-glove approach” toward all the mayhem within the Utah side of the twin communities by mainstream Mormon people in authority in Utah.


2 posted on 06/23/2012 6:09:34 AM PDT by Colofornian (As fundamentalist Mormons now are, Lds once were; as fundamentalist Mormons now are, Lds may become)
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....but it is OK to apply Shari’a law to the community.

The “Just-Us” Department sees no difficulty with that.


3 posted on 06/23/2012 6:12:26 AM PDT by alloysteel (Fear and intimidation work. At least on the short term.)
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From the article: “The Mormon Church...,” writes Debra Weyermann in a lengthy cover story in the current issue of High Country News magazine. “...has refused to condemn the FLDS, even though its spokesmen have often been asked to do so.” Ms. Weyermann...is the author of “Answer Them Nothing: Bringing Down the Polygamous Empire of Warren Jeffs...”

Yes...the mainstream Mormon church "has refused to condemn the FLDS, even though its spokesmen have often been asked to do so."

I think they realize if they do that, they are likewise condemning the previous generations of mainstream Mormons who were like the current fundamentalists.

The article references Weyermann's article in the High Country News: FLDS continues abusive polygamist practices in Utah and Arizona

4 posted on 06/23/2012 6:13:16 AM PDT by Colofornian (As fundamentalist Mormons now are, Lds once were; as fundamentalist Mormons now are, Lds may become)
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If they had just a few pro-abortion Marxist power-junkies in places of power like Catholics do the govt would leave them alone.


5 posted on 06/23/2012 6:13:47 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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"If the fundamentalist Mormon 'prophet' Warren Jeffs can still continue to direct all this while serving a life sentence, think of what the Salt Lake City 'prophet' can do -- free -- directing THE leader of the free world in D.C. Both 'prophets' serve the SAME Mormon god who directed both to engage in polygamy -- including polygamy with young teens. (So you tell me with full guarantees what this Mormon 'god' will direct -- or not direct -- next)"

Are you "speaking in tongues", or simply babbling incoherently?

6 posted on 06/23/2012 6:25:08 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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The mormon edict - obey and pay or get out of my way.


7 posted on 06/23/2012 6:33:19 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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If the Feds win this, precedent is wide open for Dearborn, Hamtramk or however it’s spelled, Newberg, Carmel, IN.....etc.


8 posted on 06/23/2012 6:36:05 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: norwaypinesavage

(I’ll pray for someone with the gift of interpreting English to come along for you)


9 posted on 06/23/2012 6:40:04 AM PDT by Colofornian (As fundamentalist Mormons now are, Lds once were; as fundamentalist Mormons now are, Lds may become)
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The Justice Department...alleges...the cities’ joint police department “routinely uses its enforcement authority to enforce the edicts and will of the FLDS; fails to protect non-FLDS individuals from victimization by FLDS individuals; refuses to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies’ investigations of FLDS individuals; selectively enforces laws against non-FLDS; and uses its authority to facilitate unlawful evictions of non-FLDS, among other unlawful conduct...”
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But theyre only copying their Mormon prophet Brigham Young...


10 posted on 06/23/2012 6:41:19 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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"I’ll pray for someone with the gift of interpreting English to come along for you."

Thanks, However, I'm quite proficient in English.

11 posted on 06/23/2012 6:56:04 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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As long as Eric Holder is in charge of the Justice Department I am suspect of the motives of the Justice Department in everything they do. Right now I would not sit on a Federal Jury for any criminal case because I'd have to say that I cannot trust any Federal Prosecutor.

They might have a legitimate reason to bring this suit, but I can't trust their motives in anything right now.

12 posted on 06/23/2012 6:59:48 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (Virgil Goode! Because everyone else is Bad!)
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13 posted on 06/23/2012 7:07:56 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: Colofornian

THX 1138


14 posted on 06/23/2012 7:39:16 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Colofornian

Ironic that it actually is the flds who follow Joseph Smith and the BofM, where as the SLC lds do not.
I am surprised that the flds do not condemn the SLC lds or denounce them publicly.


15 posted on 06/23/2012 8:16:04 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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Am I the only one that finds it amusing that this is being reported by a SCIENTOLOGY source?


16 posted on 06/23/2012 10:31:11 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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Am I the only one that finds it amusing that this is being reported by a SCIENTOLOGY source?

Well Christian Science is NOT Scientology; however, it is a cult...so I guess your point still stands.

17 posted on 06/23/2012 1:58:53 PM PDT by Colofornian (As fundamentalist Mormons now are, Lds once were; as fundamentalist Mormons now are, Lds may become)
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To: norwaypinesavage

Read it again, there is nothing confusing about it.


18 posted on 06/23/2012 2:55:37 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
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The problem is with the statement you are referring to, is that it is being compared to that nice family next door who is so pleasant and their lawn is always mowed or the co-worker in the lunch room brings in cookies or that kid at McDonald’s ‘is always just so polite’.
Those experiences do not square with what mormorism actually is, so it becomes easier to dismiss mormonism and go by these superficial dealings and fluff off the reality of the cult.


19 posted on 06/23/2012 5:03:09 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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The quote I posted and said was readable, was Colofornians at the bottom of her post 1.


20 posted on 06/23/2012 5:33:54 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
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Sorry. I’ll still vote for Romney over this corrupt administration.


21 posted on 06/24/2012 6:01:20 PM PDT by HarleyD
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