Time for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Polygamy

Last week you were cited on these pages for refusing to dismantle the polygamy cults in your respective states, flouting federal law as well as the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, which has declared polygamy a human rights violation. On closer scrutiny It now appears that your ease in embracing such sexism and a disdain for human rights may be your way of fitting neatly into the Bush fascist agenda for America. Please advise otherwise.

According to reports, two-thirds of those attending the polygamy summit you convened March 3 in St. George, Utah were opposed to your position to keep the cults alive despite the fact that about half the people in the audience were from the polygamy sects (the wives are told to “keep sweet” and silent): the Allreds, Kingstons, Jeffs (FLDS), Blackmores (FLDS-Canada), Harmstons.. Click here: KSL.com News Story


Emails I received following the March 2 story were also overwhelmingly opposed to your position. A few of the emails offer further insight into the problem:

From RP: “Hey, you’re dead on about the rat’s nest of incestuous legal/political relationships in Utah, but a couple of tips: . . . 2) the money-from-legal fees is a red herring. The [LDS] church is so wealthy off real estate, continuing investment income, tithes of converts here and esp. abroad, etc. that they simply wouldn’t care about tenths or twentieths (these days the truly obnoxious are twice tithing) of even $300/hr. legal fees.

And take care. I wouldn’t want to close communication without saying that. Please be aware. These are frequently (not rarely) the same guys who run the cults that eliminate rival cultists like my aunt’s brother in law got eliminated by LeBaron. And violence gets to be a habit.”

From a filmmaker: “My producer and I are on the blood atonement list, and have been in extreme danger because of the story we got.”

From KK: “As for the Mormon Church and the gathering of tithes, I do not recall ever being asked the source of my income when I pay tithes, nor has it ever been a condition of membership that I divulge that information.”

From “dragonlady”: “I noticed you didn’t mention Oregon where I lived for many years. There is a silent epidemic there too. . . . There’s a lot of traffic between Arizona and Oregon — and Utah, of course. And Nevada is tied in too — because Mormons are trusted by the casinos — more protection. It’s all about money — almost a slave-trade, where women and children are chattel. Twelve-year-old girls being sold to lecherous old goats — turns my stomach. They never had a chance at a normal life.”

Despite the embarrassment of worldwide exposure of the photos of babies buried anonymously in the canyonlands on the Utah-Arizona border adjacent to the FLDS cult, plus the call to rescind statehood — you reaffirmed at the March 3 gathering that you will allow these cults to continue to function, while keeping a watchful eye regarding domestic violence and child abuse. How can you fail to see that these cults are by definition domestic violence and child abuse?

Clearly there are other reasons for your stonewalling aside from “a lack of resources” to handle the problem. If that’s all that was needed — you could identify the polygamy crisis as a Tsunami of sorts — a human tidal wave — and request disaster relief. If the federal government won’t help, maybe Bill Clinton can, or seek private donations from wealthier members of the LDS community like Bill Marriott and his previous employees who founded The Carlyle Group. Click here: SUZAN MAZUR: Bush And The Mormons

We’d all like to know what’s really preventing you from dismantling the cults.

Is it fear of being voted out of office?

Fear and loathing of women?

Fear of crossing the local mafia — the bankers, lawyers, insurance companies — who rely on business dollars from the tens of thousands of cultists in your states?

Fear of America’s “deep politics” that feeds on and promotes pedophilia and sex rings, as in the Franklin Federal Credit Union scandal in which boys from orphanages in Nebraska were snatched up by GOP polticians for their personal pleasure. Click here: Peculiar Ties Connect Boys Town to CIA

Fear of the LDS Church whose scripture still includes polygamy as sacred?

Fear of all of the above?

Whatever your reason — the public is growing wise fast as to the sickness that breeds in and around the Wasatch mountains. There is still time left for you to shut the cults down and save your place in history — as well as having to answer to The Hague Tribunal or one of the countless “truth and reconciliation commissions” taking root in the face of fascist politics that has seized the day in America.

SUZAN MAZUR has traveled through the western states covering polygamy for the Financial Times, Newsday and Maclean’s and was a guest on Fox television, including O’Reilly, discussing the polygamy issue (O’Reilly pulled the segment). She chaired the first major benefit for battered women in Manhattan in 1985, which brought together fifteen victim services agencies and was co-sponsored by the National and New York State Coalitions Against Domestic Violence. She can be reached at: sznmzr@aol.com.

Scott Rettberg: scottrett@earthlink.net

Jay Beswick: patches@as.net

Suzan Mazur is the author of  The Altenberg 16: An Expose’ of the Evolution Industry and of a forthcoming book on Origin of Life.  Her reports have appeared in the Financial Times, The Economist, Forbes, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, Archaeology, Connoisseur,Omni and others, as well as on PBS, CBC and MBC.  She has been a guest on McLaughlin, Charlie Rose and various Fox Television News programs.  For a few years along the way she was a runway fashion model, visiting Iran in 1976 as part of a US bicentennial goodwill tour of the Middle East (former CIA Director Richard Helms was then ambassador to Iran and attended the Tehren fashion gala).