Jailed polygamist retakes control of church, ousts 30 members
Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is awaiting trial in Texas on charges of sexual assault and bigamy.
February 24th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

Jailed polygamist retakes control of church, ousts 30 members

Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is not only running the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but he has also ousted up to 30 high-ranking members he considered a threat to his leadership, two well-placed sources tell CNN.

Jeffs, who is scheduled to go to trial this year on sexual assault and bigamy charges, is running the affairs of the church from his jail cell in Texas, the sources said.

Jeffs gave up control of the splinter sect that advocates plural marriages, including marriages that involve girls younger than 18, after he was convicted in 2007 of rape as accomplice. That conviction was overturned last year.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. tracy

    Polygamy is one thing and child molestation is another. This man is charged with both.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  2. Reality

    The basics of human marriage:

    "Let No Man/Woman Put Asunder" , "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery", "Thou Shall Not Covet Thy Neighbors Wife/Husband" and "Do No Harm"

    February 25, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  3. David Johnson

    If the polygamists would agree to not marry girls or boys under 18, I could care less what they do.

    February 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • ALTJ


      February 24, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  4. Rob

    Yes, but Who created love and fear? Or did they just magically appear?

    February 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  5. Ykcyc

    Yes, it was my conscious choice to post, but I have no ability, desire, or intention to make a difference in this world.
    To hear, one only has to listen. To see one only has to look. The fact that you are are unable to do either does not mean that someone else is as afraid, as you are. Don't take my word for it. Go ahead, take a look.

    February 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • cycky

      god you are stupid.
      next I suppose you're going to "thrill" us with one of your excreble poems.

      February 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      What rhymes with 'pseudo-metaphysical claptrap' ?

      February 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • Rob

      Menudo-had-a physical-flap-crap?

      February 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  6. The Truth

    I've got three things to say about this:

    ~~ 1) WHY IS POLYGAMY ILLEGAL???? This is ABSOLUTELY absurd. This is how backward our society is. If a man wants to have multiple wives or if a woman wants to have multiple husbands (Polyandry), then they should be able to do so as our country is founded upon the principles of freedom.

    So this is what our society says:

    Person X: Let's say it is Bill Paxson from the TV show Big Love. What he has done by marrying multiple wives, despite his family GREATLY caring for his the family unit as a whole, is illegal.

    Person Z: Let's say it is Hugh Heffner. He can do the EXACT same thing as Person X, but without some piece of paper "officially" saying they are married, and it is perfectly legal.

    For all intents and purposes, they are doing the same thing.

    Another real life analogy of this type of "logic" revolves around prost-itution. It goes to illustrate the ridiculous nature of what is "legal" and what is "illegal." Let's compare a woman getting paid by a man to have s-ex in the privacy of her hotel room with a co-ndom versus a woman getting paid by a man to have s-ex with multiple partners without co-ndoms that will be released on DVD for the public. The first item is "illegal" as she is deemed a "prost-itute," but the second one is perfectly "legal" as she is an "adult film actress." Thus, the terms legal and illegal are what's really "BullShirt." If people are able to re-examine their thoughts from scratch with an open mind, they'll see this to be true. In above example, both the prost-itute and the po-rn star are doing THE EXACT SAME THING, yet one is deemed "legal" and one is deemed "illegal." (None of that even begins to talk about how making prost-itution illegal creates a circle of crime with dangerous weapons, encourages pimps to exist, we as a society get no income tax from their "work," it encourages the spread of S-TD's/HIV, encourages drug use, the women get no medical insurance, it dramatically reduces underage/child prost-itutes and the s-ex slave trade, etc, etc, etc)

    ~~ 2) Warren Jeffs is a sc-umbag and this article only touches on the tip of the iceberg with him.

    ~~ 3) The fact that this clown can regain control of his church WHILE IN JAIL speaks volumes as to the strength of the cult. Now, if the Pope were in jail with Jeffs (where they both should be), who here thinks that the Pope wouldn't be able to regain control of the Catholic Church from jail? LOL Of course he could because he runs a cult as well. If the Pope ever got put in jail, Catholics would STILL follow what he says from his jail cell. That is a cult at its finest.


    February 24, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  7. Reality

    This guy needs to emigrate to Iran and become a Muslim thereby allowing him to have four wives or more as per the koran dictates.

    February 24, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  8. GSA

    @Ykcyc – you said "You do have a free will to choose, but you may not be present enough or have the ability to make a conscious choice."
    So was it your conscious choice to make such a difference in this world and choose love over fear by blogging on this site?
    Sorry bud but you are trying way too hard and it shows, better luck next time or as my fellow Indian brother Apoo would say "thank you, come again".

    February 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  9. Hersh

    Goatse to you, ykcyc. It expresses my true feelings for you. Heh.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Ykcyc

      @ Mr. Goatse
      I can clearly see what animates you. Can you?
      You may have "feelings", but they are not true.
      How can you have true feelings about an image of someone that exists only in your head?
      You need to check your dosage / speak with your doctor / therapist.You may have issues.

      February 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  10. Ykcyc

    Whatever is, only is right now.
    Whatever manifests itself in the physical world at this very moment is not important as that, which animates it into being. Anything that can be manifested in the material world, can not do so without that, which animates it. Absolutely nothing can come into being (appear or change), without it. What animates you? It is the same thing that animates absolutely everything. It is pure energy. It knows no good or bad, it has no preference. It just is. Whatever is, only is right now, in this very moment. Nothing else that is real.
    What kind of energy? Energy comes in a countless number of frequencies, but boils down to two that are relevant for us. We know them as LOVE or FEAR. LOVE is the energy that animates and is the source of being for some, but it has to be consciously and deliberately chosen. It can only be done right NOW. It can only exist in this very moment. Then, anything that manifests itself, comes from LOVE, Peace, Truth, God, Life..., and is the source of who we truly are, without fear, ego, lies, deceit, pretense, etc.
    We can not control that, which animates us. All we can do is to count (pay attention to) the breath, instead of counting time. The time is always NOW, the breath is always this one. Beyond that, there is only an illusion; there is only the mind playing games with itself and pretending to be real. Reactive and lost, driven by energy other than LOVE, it creates only suffering and unconsciousness. It keeps us asleep and away from who we truly are.
    May LOVE and Peace be with you, always.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • JohnQuest

      Ykcyc, what has any of this to do with the article, or did I miss some obvious metaphysical nuance?

      February 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • Ykcyc

      I believe so, but you will have to determine what that is. It is much simpler than you think.

      February 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • Farted at you

      What a drama queen. Any more "mystical" observations for us poor, blind readers, ykcyc?

      February 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Ykcyc

      @ Fart ...
      If you can hold it in for more than a milisecond and point your attention and are able to notice your internal state right now, you will know if you have chosen LOVE or FEAR. You will know precisely what energy animates you and the reality that was manifested, as a result of your choice. You do have a free will to choose, but you may not be present enough or have the ability to make a conscious choice. Peace.

      February 24, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Ralph


      February 24, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • ConcernedState

      Your theory gives people an excuse to excuse themselves for their actions, and not admit to their consequences their fore inhibiting them from development as people. All power rests with an alpha and omega bearing God. Both good and evil are given power through Him. I see where you are trying to go. But you must understand that there is a heaven, and a hell. Although since we are not in our spirit forms, we really have no right to talk about what hell or heaven 'feels like' . We are in the flesh, therefore bound by our human emotions. But make no mistake. You have a choice, you make that choice, and it effects your eternal spirit, eternally. You go to heaven, you go to hell. Yes. You should live your life in accordance with what is best within your society. And be willing to pay the price for any human harm you inflict. Your power comes from God, but you choice is your own. And pay a price, in any state you are in, hence the statement, action causes a reaction. Simple pure, and cannot be denied under any ideology. So, I think I stand for everyone hear when I say, go back to the society you came from, and don't make a sound........... We'll let you know, when it's safe to come out, peace. Bye bye now.

      March 26, 2011 at 6:10 am |
  11. TellMe

    Overturned? Hmm...I say they should lock him up and throw the keys away. Just another one taking advantage of the religous aspect to satisfy his lusts.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:34 am |
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