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Pro-Polygamists Distrust Tom Green's 'Apology'

Date: Aug 18, 2004
Word Count: 750 words
Cross-Reference: Tom Green, pro-polygamists oppose

Believing that Green is a pathological liar, polygamy supporters have a way to prove whether he is really sorry of if he is just lying yet again.

On   August   12,   2004,   purported   "polygamist,"   Tom   Green,   stood   before   a   Utah   parole   board   and   "apologized."     The   board   has   until   September   26th   to   consider   the   possibility   of   his   early   release   from   prison. 
Since   his   convictions   in   2001,   Green   has   been   in   prison,   serving   his   five-years-to-life   sentence   for   felony   child   rape   and   five   year   sentence   for   welfare   fraud.     His   sentences   for   four   counts   of   bigamy   are   being   concurrently   served,   so   he   will   actually   serve   no   real   time   for   any   bigamy   charges. 
In   front   of   the   parole   board,   Green   purported   to   be   sorry   for   "marrying"   his   very   under-aged   "step-daughter." 
While   pro-polygamists   are   glad   to   hear   he   said   that,   they   do   not   trust   it   for   a   moment. 
Tom   Green   has   repeatedly   proven   that   he   will   say   and   do   anything   to   manipulate   people   into   believing   anything   he   says.     Normal   pro-polygamists   who   are   familiar   with   the   story   are   typically   quick   to   point   out   that   Green   cannot   be   trusted. 
Indeed,   the   welfare   fraud   conviction   also   outrages   pro-polygamists,   especially   how   Green   sought   to   excuse   himself.     Not   only   did   Green   defraud   the   welfare   system,   but   he   was   oh-too-clever   in   trying   to   self-justify   it. 
Namely,   Green   would   try   to   manipulate   a   person   into   feeling   sorry   for   him.     He   would   suggest   that   he   had   "needed"   the   welfare   after   a   horrible   fire   which   killed   one   of   his   babies.     That   kind   of   a   heart-wrenching   story   causes   any   normal   human   being   to   naturally   be   emotionally   touched   by   it.     No   one   disputes   that   a   baby's   death   by   fire   is   a   horrifying   tragedy   indeed. 
But   what   Green   would   not   reveal   when   telling   the   story   was   that   the   fire   and   the   welfare   crime   occurred   in   completely   separate   years.     The   two   events   were   so   far   apart   in   time   that   they   were   100%   unconnected.      
Shamelessly,   Green   would   fraudulently   exploit   that   profound   tragedy   of   his   baby's   horrible   death,   to   play   on   people's   emotional   reactions,   in   order   to   self-justify   his   fraud   --   even   though   the   two   events   had   nothing   to   do   with   each   other. 
The   ability   to   deceive   like   that   is,   as   they   say,   downright   scary.     The   guy   clearly   has   a   pathology   of   lying. 
No   wonder   that   polygamists   want   nothing   to   do   with   him. 
But   then   again,   pro-polygamists   have   repeatedly   been   saying   that   Tom   Green   is   no   "poster   boy"   for   polygamy   in   any   way   whatsoever. 
Green   apparently   had   considered   himself   married   to   ten   women.     Half   of   them,   though,   are   no   longer   with   him.     Indeed,   many   have   left   him.     The   only   ones   still   with   Green   are   the   ones   he   "married"   very   young,   while   the   "married-as-adult"   women   are   gone.     Of   those   remaining   five,   four   of   them   are   two   different   pair   of   sisters   he   "married"   in   their   mid-teens.     The   last   remaining   one   was   the   "step-daughter"   with   whom   he   consummated   when   she   was   thirteen   -   the   "marriage"   for   which   he   was   convicted   of   child   rape.     Most   horrendously   of   all,   three   of   those   remaining   five   "wives"   were   what   he   would   call   "step-daughters,"   born   of   two   of   the   adult   mothers   who   are   no   longer   with   him. 
That   does   not   represent   polygamy. 
That's   just   harvesting   women,   copulating   with   their   daughters,   and   falsely   exploiting   the   cause   of   good   polygamy   in   order   to   self-justify   his   pattern   of   manipulating   teenage   girls   to   have   conjugal   relations   with   him. 
Nevertheless,   Tom   Green   wants   to   be   viewed   as   a   persecuted   would-be   "polygamy   martyr."     Polygamy   supporters   say,   "God   forbid." 
Pro-polygamists   view   Tom   Green   as   the   "polygamy   Tim   McVeigh."     To   such   normal,   freely-consenting,   adult   pro-polygamists,   Green   is   a   self-seeking   hero-wannabe.     He   has   been   as   similarly   destructive   to   the   polygamy   movement   as   that   which   the   hero-wannabe   Timothy   McVeigh   was   to   the   early   1990s   "militia   movement"   with   the   horrifying   Oklahoma   City   bombing. 
Similarly,   Tom   Green's   patently   false   representation   of   polygamy   threatened   to   destroy   the   polygamy   movement.     The   devastation   he   has   done   to   normal   polygamous   families   are   severe   and   incalculable. 
Understandably,   pro-polygamists   want   that   pathological   liar   away   from   the   public   eye   forever. 
And   that   re-iterates   back   to   the   central   issue   regarding   Green's   purported   "apology." 
Was   Tom   Green   telling   the   truth?     Can   the   parole   board   trust   his   new   found   sorrow?     Is   Green   really   sorry? 
Pro-polygamists   have   a   simple   litmus   test,   and   they   will   be   watching.    
From   now   on,   will   Tom   Green   authorize   even   one   media   interview   about   himself?     Will   he   do   anything   else   to   keep   himself   in   the   public   eye   or   in   "history"   regarding   polygamy   ever   again? 
The   next   time   he   does   anything   like   that,   Tom   Green   will   prove   that   he   is   still   the   same   pathological   liar   and   hero-wannabe.     It   will   prove   that   he   really   did   lie   to   that   parole   board   and   to   the   world. 
If   sincere,   he'll   disappear. 


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