Recently, FLDS spokesman Willie Jessop objected to the "profiling" of polygamists by law enforcement personnel. I understand concerns about profiling; one reason I began writing was to erase the caricatures of polygamists entertained by the general public and replace these stereotypes with the experiences of real people who live a stanch and often harrowing way of life. But I can't fault law enforcement officers for circulating a list of "people to watch" because polygamists have revealed a capacity for intimidating and even violent behavior. Authorities informed Teressa and Elissa Wall that a jail guard had intercepted a note written by the recently-sentenced Warren Jeffs stating, "God wants them dead." Such subtle threats can be carried out, especially by extremists who would willingly die or harm others to prove their righteousness. My father's assassination by polygamists, who plotted to take over his following, stands as proof of this. If only there'd been a list in 1977, when they marched, under orders from their "prophet," into my father's office and emptied a pistol into his neck and chest.
Meet the "Intolerant Jackass Act," a Piece of Proposed Legislation We Can Really Get Behind
It's hilariously awesome.
There Are Some Really Insightful Moments in This Hillary Clinton Speech About Women's Equality
"There's never been a better time in history to be born female."
Uber Is Promising to Create One Million Jobs for Women by 2020
Inspiring move, or damage control?
This Lebanese Journalist Shut Down a Sexist Sheik on Live TV
"Some people think men have a birthright to exert control over women."