Skip to comments.Standoff emerges at polygamist retreat
Posted on 04/05/2008 6:01:28 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Standoff emerges at polygamist retreat
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Ambulances are being sent to a polygamist compound in West Texas as authorities prepare "for the worst" in a conflict with members of the compound.
Prosecutor Allison Palmer says sect leaders Saturday refused to let authorities search a temple for a 16-year-old member who reported being physically abused.
Palmer tells the San Angelo Standard-Times that medical workers are being sent "in case this were to a go in a way that no one wants."
She says that law enforcers are "preparing for the worst."
A search warrant authorized troopers to enter the retreat run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They are looking for evidence of a marriage between the girl and a 50-year-old man.
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“Not to fan any flames here, but I wonder how these cases will be handled in the future with Islam?”
Hard to say. Quite a few LDSers (including the group in this story) have been allowed to get away with it for years and years, which I’ve never understood.
Obama’s idea of marriage(s):
Homosexual “marriage” is just the first step.
Next will come legalized polygamy.
Obama’s daddy would be proud.
Let’s pray that cooler heads prevail. We don’t need another Branch Davidian fiasco.
I think it’s dangerous that the government should be empowered to shut down an entire community because it disapproves of them. They should remove all the minors they have real evidence on; they shouldn’t be able to cart hundreds of people away just like that.
metmom, you know I love you. The Mormon Church does represent a “nice religion”. The Jeff’s people are wackos and NOT affiliated with the LDS.
You really haven’t a clue about what goes on in these polygamist “communities,” do you? These places are sick, sick, sick.
I think your on the wrong forum.
Yes he is!
He and his nine wives are shouting for justice right now on CNN.
The vast majority of Mormons have no use for the polygamists.
And it happens in April of all months.
The girl in question turned 16 in Jan. She has an eight month old baby. Her “husband” is a 50 year old man....DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS!
Yeah. Never heard of them.
Meisner said welfare officials were looking for foster homes for the girls, most of whom have rarely been outside the insular world of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The who? Latter Day Who? Is that the Mormons?
Maybe they have evidence on all those people. Or do you want them to skip out so that they are not to be found when the evidence is in?
Besides, how are they going to get evidence if they don't collect it right away? Do you want them to politely ask for it so they can destroy it?
And it's not just a matter of *approving* of. It's a matter of breaking the law. The government has the authority to enforce the law.
That was from the link to wiki in post 11.
I guess my comment wasn’t clear enough. If you read the link, you’ll see what I mean.
If, and I believe it is so, underage girls are being forced into “marriage”, then the authorities have to gather the facts before they start banging heads and arresting people. This is how Waco started. C’mon metmom, you're one of my favorite FReepers.
Psst...Don't tell McCain..
MORE BOOTS ON THE GROUND!!!
Yeah, sure, like that's a facet of the religion (sarcasm)
Jeffs, who was considered to be the sect's prophet, was arrested near Las Vegas in 2006 and sentenced to life in jail for being an accomplice to rape. He also faces federal charges in Arizona and Utah.