Did Warren Jeffs’ Mormon sect bury a cat alive in concrete?
MORMONISM is big news. Mitt Romney, a Mormon, wants to be President of the USA. Not since Joyce McKinney straddled the tabloids and the Osmonds tinkled the ivories (and more) have Mormons been so prominent. Mindful of this we learn of Isaac Wyler.
Mr Wyler is no longer a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Six weeks ago, he found a live cat cemented into a metal tube in his garden at Colorado City, Arizona.
An Andrew Chatwin, also a former Mormon, claims this was a warning from the group.
FLDS leader Warren Jeffs (pictured) is currently serving a life sentence for “marrying” and sexually assaulting two underage girls, aged 12 and 15. The 15-year-old was the mother of one of Jeffs’ many children born to at least 78 of his “wives”. Chatwin has spoken out against the sect’s polygamist beliefs. He says the FLDS want to keep Wyler quiet. The cat in the tube is a threat. Says Chetwin:
“It’s been going on for years. I’ve recorded up to a dozen dead cats put into his horse corral. I’ve recorded dead animals being put in his truck.”
Chatwin and a friend cut the cat free. They videoed it (see below). They then handed it to an animal rescue team. Sadly, the cat died.
Chatwin says he reported the matter to the Colorado City sheriff who did little to help. It’s alleged the sherif is a member of the FLDS.
Wyler has spoken to the La Times:
Wyler was among several members banished by church leader Warren Jeffs in 2004 for unspecified sins.
“Jeffs told the women and children not to say goodbye to their husbands and fathers,” said Wyler, a horse rancher with a white cowboy hat and piercing blue eyes. “It was his will that we now simply failed to exist.”
But Wyler, 46, has refused to disappear. He and others collected evidence of church harassment that has become the basis of a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking to protect nonbelievers from the church and from civil and law enforcement authorities said to be under its control.
Filed last month by the Justice Department, the suit alleges that authorities in the twin border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., have for 20 years “operated as an arm” of the church.
So much for Mormons, right. Well, wrong. The Times adds:
The church is not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, which disavowed polygamy more than a century ago.
Still, these are interesting times to be a Mormon…
The story in photos:
FILE - In this April 7, 2008, file photo, adult members of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather as children play with bottles of bubble water on the grounds of their temporary housing at Fort Concho National Historic Landmark in San Angelo, Texas. Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints _ a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism that believes polygamy is the key to heaven _ were subject of a SWAT team raid where 439 children were seized from mothers. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)