My step father was a “defect” from Mormonism and a convert to FLDS polygamy, by way of my mother, who according to our “faith”, had to marry a believer or suffer eternal damnation. My step father violently beat and raped me when I was eleven years old. My family pretends he had no affiliation with the FLDS nor did his behavior. I was not the only child in our “holy” religion who suffered sexual abuse. Documented accounts of sexual abuse among the FLDS contained here in are additional information, complete with web links. Tom Green, FLDS polygamist, fathered a child with his thirteen year old step daughter, Linda Kunz. Tom Greene, like Kody Brown, was flaunting his “religion” on TV. Linda, his child bride, is my niece. Her mother had previously been one of my brother’s wives. When my brother discovered Tom was having sex with his thirteen year old daughter, he was infuriated. I urged my brother to “do something about it, at least report Tom.” My brother nervously said, “I can’t. I’ve been a polygamist. I can’t do anything to bring bad attention to the group. I just can’t”. (Being afraid to tell the truth is part of our religious dedication. The “glue” of our faith is fear).
Did the FLDS condemn Tom Green? No. The closest they came was a public statement made by Owen Allred, leader of the Apostolic United Brethren (and my uncle) in which he denounced marriages to girls under eighteen. See www.mormonfundamentalism.com/ChartLinks/AUB.htm
Interestingly, AUB is my family group affiliation. I never knew anyone eighteen, who was still unmarried. Most of us had at least two children by then. At age fifteen marriages with a parents permission was assumed to go legally unchallenged. Most of us thought we were married at fifteen, but considering all the false birth certificates, who knows. The only thing on my birth certificate that I know is correct is my first name. I grew two inches after my first child was born. I was typical, not unique.FLDS Polygamists used the Tom Green media frenzy to promote polygamy and fight for “religious freedom” Teenagers from polygamist families demonstrated in Salt Lake CityUtah in 2006. Over 200 supporters were at the event. Polygamist groups jumping on the band wagon to fight for religious freedom included the following;Apostolic United Brethren, FLDS, Blackmore, Kingston, CentenialPark, Righteous Branch of FLDS and more.
Take a closer look inside the lives of these “holy men”.FLDS polygamist Jason Ortell Kingston married his half sister, Andrea Johnson who had his child (1992) the child was saved by C-section. Medical attention came far too late to save her life. Fifteen year old, Mary Ann Kingston was forced by her father, John Danial Kingston, to marry her uncle, Paul Elden Kingston. She ran away and was apprehended and beaten by her father. See photos taken July 2006 of the notorious Warren Jeffs and his child brides at Yearning for Zion Ranch in Texas.Thirty one of the fifty three teen girls at the Yearning for Zion Ranch were pregnant or already had a baby. Several FLDS men were involved in sexual child abuse. Among them was Raymond Jessup . Allen Rex Harrod, polygamist, (self proclaimed Mormon Prophet) faces 97 counts of child molestation.
No, that is not all, but I think you get the point. Why don’t polygamists speak up or testify? Because the consequences are HEAVY. Search; Ervil LeBaron, on the internet and read about nearly thirty people he had murdered for “disobedience” or trying to escape “the gospel”. Ervil LeBaron was my brother in laws brother.
Irene Spencer, New York Times best selling author, relives the murders from her own true life experience, in her book, “Cult Insanity”. Irene Spencer is my sister.Penalties short of murder are the loss of your wives, children, home, businesses etc.
When you see women under the control of polygamist men, who go to the media and publicly uphold the bondage they are in, try to understand: Freedom can not be obtained without breaking the dependence on that which enslaves those who are not free.
FLDS women are totally dependant on those who enslave them and depend heavily on each other for the sake of their children and their own survival. Getting out can be dangerous. Who is going to protect them? The law? You? Polygamy is organized crime hiding beneath the skirts of religion.
Polygamy’s bondage and subordination of women and children, by radical Muslims, Christians and FLDS, is the same. They use freedom of religion to take freedom away from others. Their crimes against individuals and society are the crimes of individuals against individuals and should not be derailed in the name of theology. Put the responsibility where it belongs, these crimes are acts of men, not religion.
Polygamist sects likened to mob McClatchy Newspapers/ July 25, 2008