April 12, 2008

Don't allow the devil to interfere with your feelings

From an article about Carolyn Jessop, escapee from FLDS compound:

When I was 17, I worked for a year as a teacher’s assistant in the compound’s school, and by the time I was 18 I had a secret dream of becoming a paediatrician.

I didn’t know any other woman in the FLDS who was so ambitious, but I was determined to try, so I told my father of my desire to go to college.

[…] “I had a chance to talk to Uncle Roy,” he announced.

“He told me you could go to school to be a teacher. But he said that before you go you should marry Merril Jessop.”

I was stunned. My future had just vanished. Now, even if I continued with my education, I’d have to do so while being constantly pregnant - as was expected of married women. My husband would also be able to overrule any decision about what I did.

I looked at my father in horror. I hardly knew Merril. He was 50, and I’d gone to school with his daughters. Now I was going to be one of their mothers.

[…] My father went on to tell me that this came down from the prophet of God and I should see it as a blessing.

“You should not question it, or allow the devil to interfere in your feelings.”

It’s a good thing that some of us allow “the devil” to interfere in our feelings!

Posted by James at April 12, 2008 8:31 AM
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I'm in tears. What a horribe, terrible life. I hope she builds a better future for herself.

Posted by: Cindy at April 12, 2008 12:22 PM

Wow. Just wow. I am stunned.

Posted by: Angie at April 12, 2008 1:22 PM

Her father needs someone's fist to interfere with his face.

Posted by: Chuck S. at April 12, 2008 4:01 PM

My sister (also a member of the FLDS) and I used to have a grim joke: "Don't drink the punch" - a reference to the mass suicide of 900 members of the cult The People's Temple by drinking a poison punch under the orders of the Rev Jim Jones in Guyana in 1978. We were terrified it might happen to us.

When news reports on Warren Jeffs first appeared last year or so, my first thought was of Jim Jones. This is brainwashing, pure and simple. Remember all the deprogramming in the '70s? I see a great need for that now. Charismatic leaders of secretive groups are dangerous.

Thank heavens people like this woman are helping to shine a bright light on the machinations of this cult--and that's just what it is, a cult.

In an interview I saw this week about the raid on the FDLS compound, one child advocate said quite bluntly that you don't get to abuse children in the name of your religion. Hear hear!

Chuck, if you're forming a possse, I'll go with you.

Posted by: Patti M. at April 13, 2008 1:42 PM

Downright scary...I can't begin to fathom the fear and abuse that permeated every aspect of their lives. Sadly, many of them will never be truly "free" of it. It makes me wish there was a Hell, so bastards like Jones, Jeffs and Jessop (wtf with all the "J" surnames...is this a trend?) could at least be guaranteed some suffering.

Posted by: Bull at April 14, 2008 9:38 AM

Guess we'll just have to make sure their suffering while still on this plane of existence is great enough to cover it.

Posted by: briwei at April 14, 2008 1:58 PM

I can’t imagine how it could be considered OK to hit somebody over their cell phone usage

Posted by: Sanjay at April 15, 2008 8:29 AM

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