I have received the following comments re the online petition www.petitiononline.com/bgc2003/petition.html And, 10 more names have been added since yesterday! I have been aware of this petition for some time; and, it has sat rather stagnant for the last few years. Now it has come to life. Let’s make this petition grow in spite of the yahoos who want to spoil it with their bad language. Thank you.
This from the Defenders of Children Organization
Dear colleagues… [re petition below]
Our position on polygamy at Defenders of Children is to concentrate on the outrage and illegalities that confront the children in those communities being denied proper education, and being married off to grown men and relatives. We see at its core, while at once abusive toward adult women, it can’t be separated legally from co-habitation i.e., consenting adults chosing to live together. As child advocates, we concentrate on the criminal child abuse areas.
I’m forwarding this to the AZ Coalition Against Domestic Violence as well as to a national group that may have wide support for these kinds of efforts.
PS. Yesterday, jury selection began in Eldorado Texas for the first of 12 men to stand trial resulting from the raid on the YFZ Ranch of the FLDS group. Raymond Jessop, 38, who has 9 wives is charged with sexual assault of a child stemming from his “marriage” to an underage girl — she gave birth at age 16. Three of his wives and their children were assigned to him when his brother was stripped of his family and excommunicated from the church by Leader Warren Jeffs, currently incarcerated in AZ, having been convicted already in UT.
NOTE FROM NANCY
I simply cannot believe how this movement has grown! We’ve come a far cry from the time I was told by an editor of an Edmonton newspaper in 2003 that “everyone has their cause, Nancy, and yours is polygamy” after he refused time and time again to print any of my editorials! I forget the fellow’s name, but I wonder if now he is eating his words!
Nancy Mereska, Coordinator