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FLDS was Always Opposed by National Polygamy Movement - Quotes

Date: Apr 08, 2008
Word Count: 2200 words
Cross-Reference: FLDS, Eldorado Texas raid, polygamy movement opposed

In numerous media quotes, the national polygamy movement has been frequently "shouting from the rooftops" its opposition to the FLDS and to the crimes associated with that rogue Mormon sect. 

On   Thursday,   April   3,   2008,   law   enforcement   raided   the   Eldorado   Texas   compound   of   the   Mormon-based   FLDS,   the   Fundamentalist   Church   of   Jesus   Christ   of   Latter   Day   Saints.     Eighteen   minor   girls   were   taken   into   state   protective   custody.     By   the   following   Monday,   401   children   had   been   taken   away,   along   with   133   adult   women.     The   Texas     compound   was   a   secondary   location   set   up   in   recent   years   by   the   FLDS   leader   and   convicted   criminal   Warren   Jeffs.     This   secondary   location   was   intended   as   a   way   for   their   rogue   sect   to   retreat   from   mounting   legal   pressures   for   so   many   authoritarian   abuses   and   underaged   marriages   at   their   primary   location   on   the   Utah/Arizona   border.     Child   Protective   Services   in   Texas   alleged   that   a   16-year-old   girl   from   inside   the   Eldorado   compound   called   in   crisis.     They   asserted   that   she   had   told   them   that   she   was   being   abused,   had   been   forced   to   marry   a   50   year-old-man,   and   had   given   birth   to   his   child   when   she   was   15.     With   that   as   justification,   a   court   order   for   the   raid   was   issued.   According   to   news   reports,   the   raid   occurred   without   resistance,   and   the   unknown   16   year   old   caller   was   not   yet   found. 
While   untainted   polygamy   itself   simply   can   not   possibly   be   a   real   crime   for   free   consenting-adults,   any   actual   real   crimes   of   abuse   should   absolutely   be   legally   dealt   with   where   they   occur.     For   that   reason,   the   national   polygamy   rights   movement   has   been   "shouting   from   the   rooftops"   to   the   media   that   neither   Warren   Jeffs   nor   the   members   of   the   FLDS   have   anything   to   do   with   the   polygamy   rights   movement   for   normal   consenting-adult   citizens.     While   there   are   real   concerns   about   the   heavy-handed   tactics   of   the   raid   itself   with   the   "mere   lambs"   of   FLDS-manipulated   children   and   women,   it   is   still   a   fact   that   the   national   movement   still   opposes   -   and   has   always   opposed   -   the   FLDS. 
Accordingly,   as   the   news   of   this   raid   goes   forward,   all   reporting   media   have   a   journalistic   ethical   obligation   to   report   this   fact   of   the   national   movement's   opposition   to   the   FLDS.   To   assist   such   media,   numerous   examples   are   herewith   provided,   below,   of   quotes   from   recent   past   media   reports   regarding   the   national   polygamy   rights   movement.       All   of   the   media   are   invited   to   use   any   of   the   quotes,   below,   in   finally   reporting   the   truth   of   this   fact. 
From   press   releases,   to   reports   and   broadcasts   from   CNS   News,   the   Associated   Press,   and   Court   TV   (later   re-named   as   TruTV),   the   following   quotes   comprise   just   a   small   sample   of   the   national   polygamy   rights   movement’s   repeatedly   stated   opposition   to   the   FLDS   and   the   crimes   associated   with   that   rogue   Mormon   sect. 
August   29,   2006 
The   organization   issued   a   press   release,   declaring,   "Most   pro-polygamists   around   the   country   are   very   glad   that   fugitive   Warren   Jeffs   has   been   apprehended   today.       Jeffs   is   the   reported   leader   of   a   specific   brand   of   Mormon   Polygamy   called   the   'FLDS,'   the   Fundamentalist   Latter   Day   Saints.       But   contrary   to   the   misinformed   stereotype   which   combines   the   definition   of   all   polygamy   according   to   one   specific   brand   of   Mormon   Polygamy,   the   actual   fact   is   that   many   other   forms   of   polygamy   exist   -   from   secular   polygamy   to   Muslim   Polygamy   and   now   even   to   Christian   Polygamy.     …   Accordingly,   all   normal   pro-polygamists   …   from   around   the   country   are   very,   very   glad   that   Jeffs   has   been   caught." 
August   31,   2006 
CNS   news   service   picked   up   the   release   and   reported,   "Henkel   noted   that   ‘most   non-Mormon   polygamists   have   openly   opposed   Jeffs'   alleged   crimes   -   and   all   of   the   underage   issues   -   as   much   as   any   non-polygamist,'   and   'many   Mormon   polygamists   have   opposed   his   alleged   crimes,   too.'" 
September   5,   2006 
A   few   days   later,   Mark   Henkel   was   an   on-air   guest   for   the   Sirius   110   radio   program,   "Court   TV   Morning   with   Vinnie   Politan."     (This   occurred   prior   to   Court   TV   re-naming   itself   to   TruTV.)     Mark   Henkel   differentiated   the   forms   of   polygamy   around   the   country   from   that   of   the   FLDS,   saying,   "You   have   to   know   what   your   adjective   is   that   modifies   the   noun.     Mormon   Polygamy   has   a   Mormon   reason   for   it.     Christian   Polygamy   has   a   Christian   reason   for   it.     Muslim   Polygamy   has   a   Muslim   reason   for   it.     And   how   they   go   about   it.     For   example,   in   Christian   Polygamy,   very   often   you'll   find,   it's   an   abandoned   single   mom   joining   an   existing   family.     And   so,   you're   talking   about   consenting   adults.     You're   helping   children   thrive.     You're   helping   women   have   options   that   they   wouldn't   have   otherwise.     And   we're   talking   about   really   caring   about   women.     So,   you   can't   lump   the   word,   polygamy,   into   all   these   various   forms,   because   they're   all   separate   and   different.     And   just   because   you   have   one   example   of   that   FLDS   -   committing   crimes   -   doesn't   mean   normal,   consenting-adult   pro-polygamists   with   other   applications,   such   as   Christian   Polygamy,   are   associated   with   that.     In   fact,   we're   glad   he's   caught.     We're   glad   Jeffs   has   been   caught.”     Later   in   the   interview,   Henkel   added,   "What   you   have   here   is   not   the   issue   of   polygamy,   but   -   now,   I   don't   know,   I   haven't   investigated   personally   into   the   level   of   ‘cult-hood,’   if   you   will,   of   this   group   [the   FLDS]   -   but   if   you've   got   'cult'   issues,   then   that's   what   you've   got   to   go   after.     Not   after   -   polygamy's   not   the   issue.     Polygamy   is   a   neutral   word.     It's   how   it's   being   applied.     And   abuse   is   abuse   and   needs   to   be   prosecuted." 
September   6,   2006 
The   next   day,   the   Associated   Press   reported,   "There   is   also   a   growing   number   of   Christian   polygamists   throughout   the   U.S.   who   have   no   connection   to   early   Mormonism,   said   Mark   Henkel   of   Henkel   said   the   allegations   against   Jeffs   and   his   high-profile   arrest   are   damaging   to   other   polygamists   because   it   blurs   the   line   between   adults   trying   to   practice   their   beliefs   and   those   committing   crimes   against   children.   '(We)   have   openly   opposed   Jeff's   alleged   crimes   and   all   the   underage   issues   as   much   as   any   non-polygamist,'   said   Henkel.   'Now   that   he   has   been   caught,   Jeffs   will   rightly   face   trial   in   a   real   court   of   justice.'" 
November   22,   2006 
In   the   day   following   a   preliminary   hearing   in   the   trial   of   FLDS'   leader,   Warren   Jeffs,   the   Sirius   110   radio   program,   "Court   TV   Morning   with   Vinnie   Politan,"   had   Mark   Henkel   on-air   as   a   guest   again.     Henkel   said,   “So,   really   the   issues   of   criminality   are   the   underage   issue   and   the   forced   arranged   marriage   of   an   underaged   girl.     That's   something   that   us   normal   pro-polygamists   around   the   country   -   not   associated   with   FLDS   -   completely   are   against   and   don't   support...   What   you   have   is   the   criminality   of   underaged,   arranged   marriage.     And   all   the   rest   of   us,   we   oppose   that.     So,   so   we're   on   the   same   page,   if   you   will,   with   the   FBI   regarding   those   crimes.     The   problem   is,   is   that   it's   being   associated   with   polygamy." 
November   24,   2006 
Two   days   later,   the   Associated   Press   reported,   "Henkel   said   polygamists   without   Mormon   roots   disavow   Jeffs   and   the   crimes   he's   accused   of." 
September   8,   2007 
The   next   year,   just   as   the   Utah   case   against   Warren   Jeffs   was   going   to   trial,   the   organization   issued   another   press   release.     Repeating   the   national   movement’s   position   yet   again,   the   release   reported,   "'Connecting   all   polygamists   to   Warren   Jeffs   is   as   offensive   and   as   slanderous   as   connecting   all   teachers   to   Mary   Kay   Letourneau,'   Henkel   declared.     Indeed,   the   national   polygamy   rights   movement   for   freely   consenting   adults   has   always   opposed   Jeffs." 
September   20,   2007 
As   the   first   trial   of   Warren   Jeffs   was   underway   in   Utah,   the   Court   TV’s   television   program,   "Jami   Floyd:   Best   Defense,"   brought   Mark   Henkel   on-air   for   an   appearance.   The   host,   Jami   Floyd,   requested,   "Tell   us   why   Warren   Jeffs,   in   your   view,   is   not   the   face   of   polygamy."     Mark   Henkel   replied,   again   saying,   "To   connect   all   polygamists   outside   of   the   Mormonland   bubble…   to   connect   all   polygamists   around   America   to   Warren   Jeffs   is   as   slanderous   and   as   offensive   as   comparing   all   teachers   to   Mary   Kay   Letourneau." 
September   24,   2007 
A   few   days   later,   Mark   Henkel   was   a   special   official   guest   for   an   online   chat   at   CourtTV.     He   declared,   "Jeffs   is   not   a   leader   of   polygamy   in   general   -   and   certainly   NOT   a   leader   of   anything   in   the   polygamy   rights   movement.   He   is   only   the   leader   of   his   own   specific   MORMON-based   sect   that   includes   polygamy   in   its   paradigm."     Later   in   that   same   chat   transcript,   Henkel   also   stated,   "Jeffs   and   the   FLDS   do   NOT   represent   polygamy   or   pro-polygamists   around   the   country.   Just   because   the   FLDS   involve   underage   girls,   that   does   NOT   mean   the   rest   of   normal   pro-polygamists   outside   of   the   "Mormonland   bubble"…   would   ever   condone   such   things.   So,   the   idea   of   girls   being   married   off   young...   is   ONLY   representative   of   the   FLDS   and   other   specific   MORMON   polygamy   sects.   Christian   polygamists,   secular   polygamists,   etc.   do   NOT   support   underage   marriage." 
September   26,   2007 
As   Warren   Jeffs   was   found   guilty   in   the   Utah   trial,   Court   TV’s   show,   "Jami   Floyd:   Best   Defense,"   brought   Mark   Henkel   on-air   again.     When   the   host   differentiated,   "a   confusion   out   there   about   Warren   Jeffs   and   the   folks   you   represent,"   Mark   Henkel   replied   with   another   sound-bite   analogy,   "To   compare   Warren   Jeffs   to   normal   consenting-adult   polygamists   outside   of   the   Mormon   paradigm   is   like   using   Karen   Carpenter   -   she   was   the   singer   in   the   '70s   who   basically   died   of   anorexia   -   and   it's   like   holding   Karen   Carpenter   up   as   an   example   to   criminalize   all   dieters."    
September   27,   2007 
The   next   day,   the   movement   distributed   an   op-ed   to   the   media,   titled,   "Warren   Jeffs   was   Always   Opposed   by   National   Polygamy   Movement."     The   piece   declared,   "The   national   polygamy   rights   movement   has   repeatedly   'shouted   from   the   rooftops'   that   it   opposes   Warren   Jeffs.       Not   only   do   most   pro-polygamists   outside   of   Utah   reject   Mormon   Polygamy’s   pre-suppositions,   but   other   FLDS-specific   beliefs   are   opposed,   too.     For   example,   the   political   structure   of   the   FLDS   requires   the   followers   to   sacrifice   their   minds   up   to   their   leadership’s   decision-making   -   i.e.,   Warren   Jeffs,   their   'prophet.'       When   the   FLDS   'prophet'   assigned   people   into   under-aged,   arranged   marriages,   the   followers   followed.       Although   some   Mormon   Polygamy   subsets   disavow   such   ideas,   the   FLDS   sect   embraces   them.   Nationwide,   most   other   pro-polygamists   utterly   reject   all   of   that.   So   strong   is   that   opposition   that,   when   Jeffs   was   caught   in   2006,   the   organization   immediately   issued   a   national   press   release   applauding   his   arrest.     Now   in   2007,   pro-polygamists   are   glad   he   was   convicted." 
November   13,   2007 
In   the   days   before   convicted   criminal   Warren   Jeffs   was   to   receive   his   sentence   in   Utah,   Court   TV's   radio   program   on   Sirius   110,   "Court   TV   Morning   with   Vinnie   Politan,"   brought   Mark   Henkel   on-air   again.     Sitting   in   for   the   host   was   Court   TV's   trial   correspondent,   Michel   Bryant,   who   stated,   "I   just   want   to   make   sure   we   aren't   connecting   you   to   Warren   Jeffs."   To   that,   Mark   Henkel   replied,   "Absolutely.   We're   talking   about   consenting-adults.   We're   a   national   movement,   long   before   the   Tom   Green   and   Warren   Jeffs   came   on   the   scene   and   started   dominating   [news].   And   the   media   tries   to   manufacture   news   that   suggests   all   polygamy   is   defined   by   them,   and   they're   just   local   Mormon   Polygamy   sects   out   in   their   little   area,   but   they   do   not   represent   the   national   movement   of   consenting-adults   around   the   country."    
Mr.   Bryant,   asked,   "Let   me   ask   you,   Mark.   Do   you   think   you're   getting   some   slop-over   bad   press   because   polygamy   is   an   aspect   of   the   FLDS?"     Henkel   responded,   "Yes,   we   do   believe   that   the   manufactured   news   outlets   that   aren't   really   -   they're   not   really   reporting   the   news   but   are   actually   manufacturing   the   news,   because   every   time   you   hear   Warren   Jeffs   referred   to   as   'polygamist   leader'   -   especially   in   this   particular   trial,   polygamy   wasn't   even   involved.   It   was   incest,   underaged,   and   arranged   marriage.   But   he   wasn't   called   an   'incest   leader.'   He   wasn't   called   an   'arranged   marriage   leader.'   He   wasn't   called   an   'underaged   marriage   leader.'   He   was   called   a   'polygamist   leader.'   And   the   fact   is,   he's   just   a   local   little   guy   down   in   Utah.     He   has   more   in   common   with   Mormons,   and   the   LDS   leaders,   even   Mitt   Romney,   anybody   who   believes   in   Mormonism,   he   has   more   in   common   with   them   than   normal   pro-polygamists   around   the   country.   And   yet   the   media   did   not   establish   that   we   -   or   report   that   as   often   as   they   should   have   -   we   issued   national   press   releases,   that   the   national   polygamy   rights   movement   for   consenting-adults   has   always   opposed   that   little   guy,   in   that   little   tiny   area   of   Utah,   and   he   does   not   represent   the   larger   world."    
Henkel   later   added,   "Just   like   if   you   had   some   little   sect   you   called   Jonestown   and   if   you   called   Jim   Jones   a   'Christian   leader'   -   though   he   really   wasn't,   he   was   one   tiny   little   sect   -   the   same   thing   with   Warren   Jeffs.     Frequently,   you   hear   the   caveat   about   how   the   mainstream   LDS   has   rejected   polygamy   and   all   that   business.   You'll   hear   that   like   it's   a   warning   -   like   on   tobacco   on   cigarettes,   or   something.   You   know,   the   Mormon   Warning:   'Mormons   do   not   believe   in   polygamy'   -   over   and   over   and   over.   That   same   type   of   caveat   should   have   been   established   every   single   time   Warren   Jeffs   was   called   that   [i.e.,   'polygamist   leader'],   it   should   have   also   said   that   'the   National   Polygamy   Movement   has   always   opposed   Warren   Jeffs.'   That   sentence   should   have   been   said   every   single   time   he   was   called   that." 
November   21,   2007 
A   week   later,   after   the   Utah   sentencing   of   Warren   Jeffs,   the   Associated   Press   reported,   "'We're   very   glad   he's   going   to   prison,'   said   Mark   Henkel,   founder   of   the   polygamy-advocacy   group   'The   case   was   about   arranged   marriage,   underaged   marriage   and   incest.   He's   going   to   prison   for   crimes   we   all   oppose.'"    


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