Okay, well, not really, but YEAH, really, Warren Jeffs is a total loser. And a coward. And without all his loyal FLDS subjects around him, Warren Jeffs is terrified. He is afraid of BIG BAD TEXAS. I don’t blame him. In Texas, they weren’t afraid to go after the cult that the FLDS religion is. He is fighting extradition to Texas.
In my book SisterWife (which will be reissued in e-format, for the Kindle shortly!), I had a “prophet” character like him. Only this guy had charisma and looks and all those things you need to lure people into your cult.
Jeffs has NONE of that. He’s just a big nerd. He INHERITED all his loyal followers. And he even admitted that he didn’t think he was a prophet. He’s probably known that for years. Maybe all his life. I almost feel sorry for him. Almost.
Religion that is handed down from generation to generation seems to be a far more dangerous thing, because it is a burning match in your hand. If you throw the match away, still lit, you could cause a fire that will bring about catastrophic devastation to the world in which your family has chosen to live in. If you blow the match out, the fire is gone, and it is cold. And if you refuse to accept the match? Who knows what might happen.
There is no doubt that WRF aka Jeffs dealt with all of these decisions, but he chose to keep the match, and randomly light fires whenever he felt like it. He destroyed lives. It’s almost worse. In fact it IS worse, because he admitted he does not really believe he is a prophet. He was doing what he had to know was wrong without ANY SORT OF BELIEF in it.
He is, in short, a pedophile and a criminal using religion to explain away his crimes. He isn’t the first. He won’t be the last.
I think he will get justice in Texas, and not in Utah, because there are so many people here that are still tied to polygamy.
Send him to Texas where they have the big guns….