By Ann O’Neill, CNN
Salt Lake City (CNN) These are dark days for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the reclusive polygamous sect led by imprisoned prophet Warren Jeffs.
The U.S. Justice Department dealt a double blow to FLDS leadership on Monday:
In Phoenix, a federal jury found that church leaders controlled the municipal governments of two cities that discriminated against nonbelievers.
And in Salt Lake City, a federal magistrate ordered Jeffs’ brother, Lyle, the so-called bishop of the two towns, to remain behind bars as he awaits trial in an alleged food stamp swindle and money laundering scheme.
Amos Guiora, a law professor at the University of Utah who has written extensively about the FLDS, called Monday’s court developments significant, but he added that they should not be considered the beginning of the end for the FLDS.
“It signals that we are not going to tolerate intolerance,” Guiora said. “We’re not going to tolerate crimes committed in the name of religion.”
But he cautioned that the civil verdict and federal food stamp fraud case targeted the alleged misdeeds of church leaders, not the faith practiced by them and their followers.
The Muslim Times’ Editor’s comments
Any reasonable person who watches the video clips about this sect and their prophet in CNN would be convinced of need of secularism in modern human societies.
Yet each and every true prophet of Abrahamic faiths, Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, Jesus and Muhammad did not practice secularism in their times. They were leaders for their followers in almost every sphere of life.
Why such a paradox? Why what was good for them is not good for us?
I will not answer the question here, merely raise it and let the readers think about it and will share my answer in the comment section below.