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Justice Dept. ‘has not decided whether to intervene’

Polygamous Community Defies State Crackdown: “…(T)he twin towns of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah, continue to defy the law, the authorities and dissidents say: under the direction of leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, women are still being removed from their husbands and assigned to other men, and girls under 18 are ordered to become brides of older men on a day’s notice, all despite the presence of full-time outside law enforcement.

DeLoy Bateman, a high school science teacher here who left the church several years ago, says his daughter’s marriage was recently broken up by church leaders. She was ordered to become the bride of her father-in-law, a man twice her age, Mr. Bateman says.

‘This just makes me want to cry,’ said Mr. Bateman, a lifelong resident of Colorado City. ‘They tore up this marriage and ordered her to have sex with this older man. I’ve lost my daughter and her children to this church. I have to stand outside on the sidewalk and beg if I want to see my grandchildren.’

Other residents and investigators tell similar stories about the church, which continues operating under the direction of its absolute leader, Warren Jeffs, in spite of his being one of the country’s most-wanted fugitives, indicted on sexual abuse charges along with eight of his chief followers.” (New York Times via abby)

This brings up to date a story that forms one of the centerpieces of the Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer’s terrifying exposé of extremist Mormon fundamentalism. If you think you know the depths of the America you live in, reading Krakauer’s book may change your mind.