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When Men Become Gods: Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs, His Cult of Fear, and the Women Who Fought Back Paperback – July 7, 2009
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Stephen Singular is a New York Times bestselling author and Edgar Award nominee. His book Talked to Death was made into the Oliver Stone film Talk Radio. Singular has appeared on Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Court TV, and Anderson Cooper 360.
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Many men and women did not believe these revelations, and moved around hiding their pologmany. From this, two cities on the borderline of Colorado and Arizona were "born," and the people migrated to this region. Nestled away near the desert, this group lived in peace for years under the leadership of a President AND several men who made up the governing board of the FLDS church. Problems existed for women and children even with the governing body.
Warren Jeff's was a man who liked to study Hitler, and how he controlled his victims. As the elder men died, Jeff's was put in as the current Prophet. Jeff's was able to disolve all the committee men, and ruled himself with no one watching what he was doing. Under his leadership, the people lived in total fear. All their money was taken and placed in a community fund that Jeff's controlled. Children were molested by Jeffs, both boys and girls, and it was not uncommon for him to knock on a member's door and demand they allow their 13 or 14 year old daughter to marry someone HE had picked out, stating that God directed him.Read more ›
By following individuals as the book progresses, Singular brings the reader into the narrative while explaining the legal processes at work. He does not pass judgment upon the basic beliefs of the FLDS, but does expose their practices of brainwashing, polygamy, and child molestation as well as their financial abuses.
In his afterword, he points out the parallels to the way we are dealing with other patriarchal cultures with differing religions abroad. When Men Become Gods is an examination of the difficult choices we must make at the intersection of freedom of religious beliefs and practices with human rights. If we are to live our Constitution, we must respect the rights of others and not let legal authority become a tyranny itself if we value our own freedoms.
In a time when understanding differing cultures has never been more important, this book has valuable insights to ponder.
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Read "Under the Banner of Heaven" and became fascinated with FLDS and later with Warren Jeffs. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jazzman
Tells the insider view and does not shy away from explaining the ugly, criminal acts that occur.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a well-written book about the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints. There are many polygamist cults operating in the U.S. The FLDS is only one, but it is the largest one. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bargainhunterteacher
I appreciated the author's historical references. It was a very interesting read and a glimpse into a secretive group of people. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Glassy lady
This story has some good research in it. It is quite compelling from a reader's perspective. However, it does have its limitations. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Island Lawyer