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How I Escaped from a Polygamist Cult

Ruth Wariner's dad was her religion's prophet. When she was a teenager, she finally broke free.

How I Fled a Life of Polygamy
Married at 19 to the 85-year-old Prophet of the Fundamentalist Churc…
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The Case for a Harem of Husbands
One Saudi Arabian woman risks her life to speak out against the gend…
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Big Love and Big Apathy
Psychologists point out that the opposite of love is not hate, it's apathy. Indifference seems anathema to the bonds of caring that we…
Mudslinging, Polygamy-Style
Typically, fundamentalist polygamists have tried to keep themselves exempt from the ways of "the wicked world." But the alleged crimes…
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Too Many Cooks?
People keep asking me how plural wives live together without getting in each other's way. "I'd beat up a woman who messed with my hous…
Why Do Some FLDS Teen Girls Marry While Others Don't?
Some people ask if early marriage is mandated for FLDS teens? The obvious answer is "no," many are allowed to reach the ripe old age o…
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Incest and Polygamy
Recently a young woman interviewed me for a paper she was writing on polygamy. One of her first questions involved incestuous marriage…
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Jessops Behind Bars
Merrill Jessop, a leader in the FLDS community and top dog at the YFZ Ranch, may not be in prison, but two of his namesakes have been a…
Principle Voices Dissent
Principle Voices, an organization advocating the right to live the religious "Principle of Plural Marriage," disagrees with Senator Har…
Fine Distinctions
As navigators know, if you start a journey a few degrees off, you must make a correction right away or miss your destination by miles. …
Pioneer Day
On July 24, Utah state and local government agencies close up shop in celebration of "Pioneer Day"--when LDS Church President Brigham Y…
Justice Shows Her Face in Texas
A scripture often quoted in my childhood in fundamentalist polygamy read, "Thy sins shall be shouted from the rooftops." I suppose ou…
Fundamentalism and Violence, Part 3
In response to the bombing at the Atlanta Summer Olympics in 1996, the first African-American Ambassador to the United Nations and Co-C…
Fundamentalism and Violence, Part 2
We hear reports on the evening news and on the Internet of Jihad-religious war. Usually those engaged in Jihad have been raised in a d…
Fundamentalism and Violence
I've long been preoccupied by the link between fundamentalism and violence. My father's assassination by a fundamentalist cult first c…
Escaping Death and Taxes
Following the warrant for Warren Jeffs' arrest, state officials seized the holdings of the FLDS Church and a board of trustees was app…
American Taliban?
From time to time, FLDS leaders have been called "the American Taliban." Certainly, FLDS patriarchs dominate their women and children,…