Wednesday, May 23, 2007

there goes the neighborhood

Many in the town of Lockney, Texas are concerned about that burg's newest resident. Some guy called Samuel Fischer, who makes cabinets. Doesn't sound too bad. But Fischer moved there with his TWO wives and 24 children -- because he is a member of the polygamist Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, self-described Mormons that the official Mormon Church condemns.

Folks in Lockney are worried that other polygamist families will also move to their town. They know that Fundamentalist Mormon leader Warren Jeffs is awaiting trial for arranging marriages between church elders and underage girls, and I guess they aren't keen on that kind of element.

Can't say I blame them. The Fundamentalist Mormons aren't exactly open and friendly to non-church members. And pimping out young teen girls to already-married lechers, um that is to say using divine guidance to select caring mature experienced husbands to protect and nurture these needy young ladies has gotten the FunMormons into trouble in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona.

No surprise that this has spurred interest in Jon Krakauer's book "Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith," that combines a look at 19th century Mormon history with accounts of today's FunMormons.


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