Sunday, April 06, 2008

YFZ Texas Ranch Raided Without Injury

Like millions of other people around the world, I have been watching the events outside of Eldorado, Texas with interest as local and state police have raided the YFZ 'Yearning For Zion' Ranch over the past couple of days. This polygamist ranch has been the home to several hundred followers of Warren Jeffs who was recently convicted of arranging the marriages of under age girls with men over twice their age. Even though Jeffs is in prison, his Texas Ranch has remained open to like minded followers and after a tip that one of the young girls living at this ranch had been sexually abused, police moved in to investigate. After removing most of the young girls from the YFZ Ranch it was reported that almost half of them were pregnant.

Last night, local and state police called for the assistance of ambulances and a police helicopter as they prepared to search the YFZ Ranch Temple. Accord to Warren Jeffs rouge version of the Mormon Church, outsiders are never allow inside of one of their Temples. The good news is that last night's search of the YFZ Ranch Temple took place without incident and no one required the use of one of those ambulances that were placed on standby, just in case. My hope is that Warren Jeffs will spend most of the rest of his life in jail because when you strip away his rouge version of Mormonism, he is nothing more than a pimp of young girls who uses religion to justify his illegal profession. The main Mormon Church outlawed polygamy years ago and it's members stopped the practice of a man taking more than one wife then.

So much of what Warren Jeffs stands for in his twisted religious beliefs reminds me of David Koresh and his church and followers of 15 years ago. It is wonderful that last night's raid of the YFZ Ranch Temple did not turn out like the raid that took place outside of Waco at the Branch Davidian compound 15 years ago. I believe police learned a valuable lesson that Sunday morning in Waco when it comes to how to handle dangerous religious secs and their narcissistic leaders. Rather than storming a religious compound with dozens of heavily armed men, it is much better to negotiate what you want with these leaders before bullets start flying and innocent men, women and law enforcement officers die. Hopefully, police learned a valuable lesson on what not to do when dealing with religious cults and the events in Eldorado, Texas the past two days were much safer for all involved because of that new found knowledge.

Surely, Texas authorities will find a way to shutdown the YFZ Ranch in Eldorado soon. The twisted and rouge brand of Mormonism that is thought and practiced there is against both state and federal law. While there will always be people in the shadows that will take more than one wife and break not only church law but those of this country, having such lawbreakers practicing that rouge religion in plain sight of everyone, including law enforcement officers needs to come to an end. All across this great country there are small pockets of lawbreakers that use religion to justify their twisted beliefs. The laws of the United States and Texas were not written to apply to everyone except a small religious sec in Eldorado, Texas - but they apply to everyone that lives here. Finally, authorities have tried to put a stop to the selling of young girls into marriages against their will here in Texas and it is always better late than never when our laws are finally enforced.

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