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Warren Jeffs teenage brides, Elissa Wall and Flora Jessop, describe why they left the FLDS...

Submitted by SiteAdmin on Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:42
*FACTNet News Editor's note: There is a very interesting link to a story of how Jeffs punished his "women" at the very end of this article... With the trial of Warren Jeffs, the ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) being over and Jeffs found guilty of sexually assaulting several children, countless media outlets are again paying attention to the plight of woman caught up in the polygamous cult. In this video, celebrity doctor Dr. Drew Pinsky talks with former FLDS members Elissa Wall and Flora Jessop. Wall was the 'Jane Doe' whose testimony helped convict Warren Jeffs: FLDS case: The testimony led to charges against the sect’s leader Jeffs told her that if she fought his decrees -- in this case that, at 14 years of age, she remain married to, and have marital relations with, her cousin -- she would lose her salvation. In July 2010 his conviction for rape as an accomplish was overturned on a technicality. In December 2010 Jeffs was extradited to Texas to stand trial on sexual assault and bigamy charges. Flora Jessop operates "Help the Child Brides" as well as the Child Protection Project. She is the cousin, by marriage, of Carolyn Jessop, another former FLDS member who wrote Escape, an autobiographical account of her upbringing in the polygamist sect and later flight from the sect. "Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs", by Elissa Wall "Church of Lies", by Flora Jessop Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints The FLDS, which is believed to have about 10,000 members, splintered from the Mormon Church more than a century ago when Mormon leaders renounced the practice (though not necessarily the LDS Church's theology) of polygamy. The sect believes polygamy brings exaltation in heaven and should be protected under U.S. religious freedoms. Theologically, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) is a sect of Mormonism. Theologically, Mormonism in turn is a cult of Christianity. Theologically, the FLDS is also considered to be a cult of Christianity. Cult leader allegedly imposed punishments on women Sociologically, the FLDS is a high-demand, high-control, destructive cult. Among other things, it teaches and practices polygamy, breaks up families and marriages, and has engaged in arranged and forced marriages. Research resources on the FLDS Polygamous sects of the Mormon Church Previous page in this series FLDS: Clothes differentiate between the righteous and the evil Next page in this series Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- Research Resources Cult leader allegedly imposed punishments on women IMHO FACTNet This editorial/opinion/news alert has been provided or distributed by FACTNet, Inc. (Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network.) Please visit our web site at http://www.factnet.org if you would like to comment on this editorial/opinion/news alert or to share your personal experiences. Re-distribution and re-posting of this document using proper net etiquette when doing so, is appreciated! If you have something you would like Factnet to consider posting in our editorial/opinion/news story email it to manage@factnet.org . Be sure to put Factnet Story Submission in the subject line so it gets to the proper editors. Factnet’s mission is to be the largest online news and referral service as well as research archive for defending freedom of thought and mind from all forms of unethical influence tactics, mind control and mental coercion/torture used in destructive cults and fundamentalist groups. Since 1993 millions have been helped. FACTNet is a tax deductible, IRS Approved 501(c)(3) non profit organization. For breaking news, personal stories, recovery information, support groups, and expert referrals relating to our mission please visit our web site at http://www.factnet.org If you would like to view over 350,000 postings on various cults, comment on this editorial/opinion/news or to share your personal experiences, go to one of our many various message boards at http://www.factnet.org/vbforum F.A.C.T.Net, Inc. PO Box 1315 , Ignacio, CO. 81137 USA, E-mail: manage@factnet.org
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