In cultures where a segment of the population has no rights, the percentage of abuse is always in direct proportion to the division between those of entitlement and those without rights. Polygamist cultures are based on an imbalance of power, inequality and submission of women. When men aspire to Godhood and women are reduced to breeding stock, as in the FLDS polygamist groups, the gap of inequality expands with the crimes against the disempowered. Child brides, child molest and abuse masquerade as religious rights.
Currently Canada seeks court intervention on the legality of polygamy. Many assume the degree of child abuse, child brides and human rights violations are confined to the FLDS polygamists in the Canadian court battle, but these polygamists are not unusual. They are typical.
Among blood line polygamists’ child brides were a reality that has always produced a promise to stop it when the law was involved and always continued secretly with the justification that God’s laws are higher than man’s. I am a product of polygamy. These cults from Canada to Mexico traffic women who are my relatives. I grew up in the AUB( Allred) polygamist group.
The AUB polygamist group noted several members accused of child molest: Joseph Thompson in 1994, (my brother in law), George Maycock in 1998 and Shevroll Palacios in 2002. The Apostolic United Brethren "released" (formally let them go from their positions or affiliation) those accused of child molestation. They "released" others who may bring down their name. They DID NOT report them; send them away OR INFORM THEIR FAMILIES. My sister, who complained about the molestation, was "released" from Joe and given to another cult member. My sister was devastated that SHE was ousted from her sister wives BECAUSE SHE TOLD, and nothing was done to Joe. These men and others like them STAYED RIGHT WERE THEY WERE and continued too affiliate themselves heavily with the FLDS leaders. My sister remains loyal and dependent on those who subordinate her. The price of truth is very high, especially when you family, your home and your survival depends on your loyalty. AUB web sites were created for AUB protection, not the protection of the women and children, but they are a good source of information on how they handle the criminals who are discovered in all types’ crime.
After the polygamist raids in 1953, Life Magazine featured polygamist Clyde Mackert as the “poster child” of wonderful religious polygamy. The title was “Heroes of the 1953 Raid” Clyde Mackert’s wives included two of my sisters. His daughters have gone public about the incest in the family. Kathleen Mackert, one of Clyde Mackert’s daughters shares her reality.
Tom Green; polygamist. Find him on any web search. He took his 13 year old step daughter as one of his wives. (My niece). My brother was infuriated, but would do nothing because he himself had been polygamist and he feared the outcome if he spoke out. Linda was born to my brother’s plural wife, Beth, before she married Tom. Tom Greene ‘s plural wife Karen had two daughters Tom also took to wife, Carli Bjorkman age 15 and her younger sister Hannah Leigh Bjorkman age 14. Tom had another plural wife, June Johnson ( a half sister to Beth). June was the mother of Shirley and LeeAnn Bagley. Tom took young Shirley to wife when she was 16 and LeeAnn when she was 14. Allison Ryan became Tom’s wife when she was 16.
When Beth Cook, my sister in law, was 12 years old, Roy Johnson, the leader of Short Creek ( now Colorado City), gave Beth as a plural wife to a man old enough to be her grandfather. He also gave Beth’s nine year old sister to the same man. These facts and the mind set of these people can be found in “Polygamy Under Attack” by John R. Llewellynpages 68 through 73.
If crimes against children are hidden in an illegal society, do they hide other crimes as well? Consider welfare fraud.
These are a few peeks inside of fundamentalist polygamy. Justification for this sick behavior is blamed on; King David of the Bible (thousands of years ago) Mormon Pioneers (a hundred and fifty years ago) A church they admit they don’t belong to.Any one everyone except themselves.Adults are responsible for THEIR behavior.When will we stop ignoring abuse, trafficking of child brides and government fraud in the name of religion? When will we stop the slavery in our own country?