AZ & UT--Victims applaud unusual trial involving Mormon sect
For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
We applaud the US Justice Department for its unusual civil rights case, going to trial now in Phoenix, against two towns on the Arizona-Utah line “that authorities say were acting as agents of a corrupt polygamist regime,” according to the Associated Press. We hope federal authorities prevail over officials with Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona, who are accused of showing favoritism to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, helping sect leader Warren Jeffs while he was a fugitive, and discriminating against adherents of other faith groups.
It’s really frightening when tax-payer funded individuals or institutions show bias and help cult-like organizations.
We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by or cover ups by officials with either town or the FLDS church will find the strength to call federal authorities, expose wrongdoers and protect kids. It’s never too late to do what’s right to help law enforcement safeguard the vulnerable.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, email@example.com)
Civil rights trial expected to reveal inner workings of polygamous towns on Arizona-Utah line
Associated Press Jan. 7, 2016, By JACQUES BILLEAUD and BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) — A trial that begins this month in Phoenix is expected to reveal the inner workings of two secluded towns on the Arizona-Utah line that authorities say were acting as agents of a corrupt polygamist regime.
The federal government brought a civil rights lawsuit against Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, that contends local leaders engaged in a pattern of discrimination against residents who are not members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which broke away from mainstream Mormonism when it disavowed polygamy more than 100 years ago.
The government alleges . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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