The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in a Polygamous Mormon Sect Hardcover – Mar 25 2008
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Comparing a group to the Taliban is heavy stuff. But in her gripping Secret Lives of Saints, Vancouver Sun journalist Daphne Bramham has plenty of strong words for the polygamous Mormons of Bountiful, B.C.; Hildale, Utah; and Colorado City, Arizona. She characterizes followers of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) as extortionists, misogynists, racists, child abusers, and pedophiles. Not for nothing did American FLDS leader Warren Jeffs occupy a spot opposite Osama bin Laden on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List before his capture outside Las Vegas in 2006: he would eventually be found guilty of two counts of rape as an accomplice. Meanwhile, Winston Blackmore, the so-called Bishop of Bountiful, has publicly admitted to having sex with minors, but has yet to be charged. Bramham demonstrates that only a few watchful reporters, prosecutors, and escaped former-FLDS members seem especially outraged about the questionable practices of the FLDS. "How is it," she asks, "that two nations, so clear-sighted in recognizing human rights atrocities in other countries have been so blind to the human rights violations committed against their own women and children?"How, indeed. Bramham provides a brief history of Mormonism, following the divide at the end of the 19th century when "the mainstream church renounced polygamy [and] dissidents splintered off and continued to practice plural marriage." As Bramham shows, the one man/multiple wives equation is enormously problematic, resulting in acute poverty, subjugation, and--most troublingly--teenage brides bequeathed to geriatrics in the name of procreation. Clearly, such practices have to stop. While this story has been told before--notably by Jon Krakauer in Under the Banner of Heaven and in various high-profile TV exposés--Bramham adds new voices and the Canadian perspective to this troubling tale. Moreover, she makes readers angry--and when it comes to prompting change, anger trumps ambivalence every time. --Kim Hughes
About the Author
Daphne Bramham has been a columnist at the Vancouver Sun since 2000 and has won numerous awards for her writing, including a National Newspaper Award. She was named Commentator of the Year by the Jack Webster Foundation in 2005 and was honoured by the non-profit group Beyond Borders for a series of columns on the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C.See all Product Description
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This is such a good read - It was an eye opener - I was devastated to find out that my country is so blinded by money and power to let women and children be used and abused - The... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Laura O'Reilly
I can't even describe the feelings this book brought on. I had previously read Jon Krakauer's book on the FLDS called Under the Banner of Heaven and was told I should read this as... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2010 by C. Wilkins