The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "the women's testimony is expected to be key—if they give it." FLDS spokesman Willie Jessop said the women called as witnesses are being asked to choose between their children and their husbands, their freedom and their faith. The first part of this statement illuminates a theme that runs like a river through "herstory" (the history of women)—all too often women are forced to choose between their children and their husbands, which is one of the leading causes of divorce, especially in blended families. And the strong alliance of faith and freedom—having the freedom to exercise faith—is the primary reason the Pilgrims settled America. What Willie Jessop probably means is that the women called as witnesses are being forced to choose between freedom and obedience to the patriarchy. And this, I concede, is true. But I believe it is a good choice, valid and empowering when freedom prevails.
Any observations on Willie's statement and related matters are welcome.