I have been writing a little bit too much only about Islamic fanatics and religious coconuts, but now it’s time for Christianity to get its share. There are always funny things happening in this religion as well. For instance now in the grand country in the west sex claims hit a US polygamy sect (the Mormons)! When we think about the States most of us think about huge skyscrapers and people in suits rushing down the Wallstreet with a filled portfolio and their hair sticky of hair gel. But most of the US are actually most hillbillies and farmers – or at least in the very remote places. And there are a lot of them. And here religious extremism is breeding. Everybody has probably heard of the Mormons, but as a matter of fact they are NOT polygamists. They got rid of that around a century ago and this also led to a split when a small group of religious extremists formed their own religion – from the Mormon faith. The group is called the Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). The sect dominates the towns of Colorado City, in Arizona, and Hildale, in Utah, less than a mile away. Members believe a man must marry at least three wives in order to ascend to heaven.
God, why didn’t I become a Mormon? 😀 No, but seriously though – what is the difference between this kind of religious extremism and the Islamic one? Innocent gullible people are being punished for what a charismatic leader that only wants power, in this case the leader is called Warren Jeffs, does. The authorities believe as many as 1,000 teenage boys have been forcibly separated from their families, faith and community – principally so elder members of the sect would have less competition for wives (it is obviously customary for the old chaps to choose teenage girls as new brides). How adorable. Well, I’m all in favor of religious freedom but as I said in the last contribution – values of freedom and democracy etc. are universal, and can never be taken away from you or another person with the excuse of culture or religion.