As much as I hate to admit it (as I fear that Doodle would get ENTIRELY too much satisfaction out of it…) I’m sort of in love with CBC. Doodle and I often get into discussions about what’s going on in the world, and I usually feel rather uneducated as he fills me in on what goes on outside Senior’s City. I didn’t start following the news until about 4 months ago, and I am now really enjoying it. I used to complain that I didn’t have time, but I put CBC.ca as my homepage and now look forward to it every morning. I love CBC as they cover a broad spectrum of topics so I feel as though I get a feel for everything.
So, I read the news. If you read this Doodle, I’ll expect a big high 5 next time I see you. Today I read an article about Warren Jeffs that really impressed/bothered me. The article itself is well written, but the topic is rather disturbing. For those that don’t know and are too lazy to click the link, Jeffs is the self-proclaimed leader of the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints) in B.C. and Utah and is on trial for assisted rape– he arranged and performed the marriage of a 14 year old girl to a 19 year old man against her will.
Anyway, I was impressed that CBC actually made the distinction that the FLDS has nothing to do with my religion, something that a lot of people do not separate:
A self-described prophet, Jeffs, 51, is the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which broke away from the Mormon church when the latter disavowed polygamy more than a century ago.
Aside from that the whole topic really bothered me. I believe it said that Jeffs had upwards of 70 wives– that’s 70 women conned into believing what they were doing would help them achieve a higher glory. Now I’m not one to criticize another’s religion or beliefs, but I have a hard time with this. I tried to imagine being forced into a marriage at 14 and becoming, let’s say, wife #8, and it just… ah. I can’t even begin to understand the attraction to the lifestyle. Needless to say, I’m thrilled that this man has been brought to justice though I doubt it will do little to fix the problem.