Finally, the day has come when that which needed to happen actually did. Finally, the day has come for some people to be accountable for their actions and to be held responsible for themselves. It's the day when a Texas grand jury indicted the Grand Poobah of the FLDS Church, Warren Jeffs, for first degree sexual abuse of a child. It's also the day when the same grand jury indicted five of Warren Jeffs's minions as well. Four sheeplike followers were each charged with one count of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 17. One of those four also was charged with one count of bigamy. The fifth sheeplike follower was charged with three counts of failure to report child abuse.
Look, it's hard to say whether or not the State of Texas was out of it's mind when the decision was made to remove some 463 children from the YFZ Ranch. (YFZ = Yearning For Zion. Look, if you're going to have some made-up religion which compels you to build a walled off compound, can you at least come up with a name for it that doesn't sound so ridiculous? YFZ hardly rolls of the ol' tongue. But then again, what were the other choices? Polygamyville? Pedophileburbia? Multiplicity? Hey! Multiplicity. I like it!) But I know that they didn't remove the children on a completely unfounded basis. When you have a group of people following the tenets of some made up religion which necessitates the followers to wall themselves off from society (as so to conceal all of the sexing up of young, underage girls by middle aged men, all done under the guise of "religion"), there's obviously something that's not OK that's going on. And the State of Texas knew it. And they acted accordingly. (And remember, this is Texas we're talking about. Thus, "accordingly" will be partially defined by prior incidents involving another walled off, religious sect called the Branch Davidians and a lot of fire.)
When the FLDS children were ordered to be returned to their families, you really could have gotten the impression (from listening to FLDS members speak out about that decision) that they thought that it was over. You really could have gotten the impression that they believed that the State of Texas had absolutely NO evidence of ANY wrongdoing and that everything was going to be just fine and that they would walk away from the situation martyred, but victorious. You really could have gotten that impression if you listened to the Mini Poobah, Willie Jessop, speak. He is apparently the next in line for the fake throne from which to falsely rule the FLDS followers. And he is a pompous Poobah if I've ever heard one.
The names of the five other middle aged men accused of sexing up young girls have not been released yet. That is presumably because they have not been arrested yet. I don't think that they'll be too hard to find. (See the big ranch with the Lincoln Log houses? Try over there. If no one answers, head on over to the concrete factory or the cheese factory. They could be there.) Naturally, when Willie Jessop was informed of the indictments, he replied, "We're actually quite shocked. As soon as we know who they're looking for, we'll try to face it. We believe in our innocence." Yes, that's part of the problem. You don't think that you're doing anything wrong by marrying off 16-year old, 15-year old, and even 14-year old girls to middle aged men. We know you believe in your innocence. But that doesn't mean you're not guilty.
Here are some telling incidents. Several of the FLDS women were summoned by the grand jury earlier in the day Tuesday. After putting on several layers of clothes and topping them off with a pastel prairie frock and poofing their righteous hair higher than the tuft of a quail, they arrived at the courthouse and waited to be called inside. Some went in and came out almost immediately. A sect member named "Ben" told the Houston Chronicle, "They're all taking the fifth." Interesting.
The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution states, basically, that a person has the right to not give testimony or disclose any information which the person reasonably believes could be used against themselves. So, if you have information that is going to incriminate you, you have the right to invoke the Fifth Amendment and not disclose that information. (In the movie, "Born Yesterday" with Melanie Griffith and John Goodman (What a pair.) Melanie Griffith's character puts the Amendments of the Constitution to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas". It goes something like, "The Fifth Am-end-ment to the Con-sti-tu-tion says....Doooonnnnn't RAT on yoursellllllfff!" That pretty much sums it up. Don't rat on yourself.) If the prosecution believes that the person who has invoked their Fifth Amendment rights has information that is compelling enough to the case, the easiest way around this is to offer the person immunity from prosecution if they disclose what they know. No word on whether or not that was the case down in Texas.
So, if the women are refusing to answer questions based upon the "reasonable belief" that their testimony could incriminate themselves, what does that tell you? Well, it doesn't tell you anything you didn't already know, that's for sure. When you don't have anything to hide, you're willing to talk. When you're subpoenaed into a grand jury proceeding and you refuse to talk? That might speak a little bit louder than whatever it is that you're not actually saying.
Oh, but not if you ask Willie Jessop. He had a few things to say about it all. (I'm not sure if this was before he was shocked by the indictments or after he was shocked by the indictments. I do know that I read it after I was not shocked by the indictments.) Willie said, "Our ladies are upset, they've been in the sun all day." And apparently, the teachings of the FLDS church do not include getting OUT of the sun when you're too HOT?! Going INSIDE an air conditioned building that is 2 feet away from you is NOT an option...why? They've been in the sun all day. Spare me. Then get out of the sun! What is wrong with you that you stay out in the sun when you don't have to? May I suggest, perhaps, not donning yourself head to toe in polyester and cotton when it's the middle of July and you're in Texas. THAT might help you tolerate the times when you're "in the sun all day" and don't know what else to do! Spare me.
Willie also piped in that, "The state has spent millions of dollars on this, and now they've got to justify it." Well, he's partially right. They have spent a lot of money, that's true. As far as justifying it, they might be planning on using some of these photos of Warren Jeffs to "justify it". Here's good ol' Uncle Warren and a couple of his child brides. (I think if you click on the photos, they will open in a different window and they'll be larger.) These photos really might help "justify it", Willie. (By the way, not that someone isn't already committing serious thinking errors by engaging in sexual behavior with underage girls under the guise of a made up religion, but what kind of an idiot takes freaking pictures of it?!?! Oh, and not just casual photos, either. Hell, no, you're going down to Olan Mills (or Kiddie Kandids) to have formal pictures taken! How stupid is that? You sir, are a pervert AND a moron. Both are things that really don't surprise anyone.)
So, in reality, Willie, they don't HAVE to justify it. It's ALREADY justified.Sphere: Related Content