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Prosecuting The Wrong Person

Yesterday, Warren Jeffs, 51, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), which has about 6,000 members in the towns of Hildale, UT, and Colorado City, AZ, with other members in Nevada, Texas, Colorado, South Dakota and British Columbia, was found guilty of 2 counts of being an accomplice to the rape of a 14 year old girl.

The FLDS believes that the prophet is told by God to arrange the marriages between members of this sect and that sex should occur only for procreation.

I should point out that I am not supporter of arranged marriages and do not believe that 14 year old girls should get married, but I don't believe that the authorities in Utah prosecuted the right person here.

The parents of the girl were her care givers and were the ones that allowed this to happen. It would have been certainly difficult for the 14 year old to leave her home to get away from this marriage, but the girl's parents did have the power to keep this from happening and should be the ones held accountable. To blindly follow someone like Warren Jeffs is unconscionable. The same God these people believe in gave people a mind to figure out right from wrong. No gun was held to their head that forced them to give control of their daughter to Jeffs. Unfortunately the parents did give their consent and the blame lies with them.

Posted by Rick | September 26, 2007 04:22 AM

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