The be-spectacled scum sucker to the right is Warren Jeffs, leader of a breakaway fundamentalist Mormon sect that encourages (demands) polygamy, child molestation, and other fun.
Jeffs is running a cult (let’s call it what it is, thanks) that is already tragic and is only destined to get worse. His followers believe that God speaks directly through him. He uses his power to accumulate as many wives and as much money as he desires. He travels with a fleet of bodyguards in SUVs. He randomly reassigns wives, children, and homes to different husbands, and according to this story from NPR . . .
. . . obedience is highly valued, and it is rare for wives to resist reassignment . . .
. . . because really, one asshole is pretty much just like another. We’re talking about a guy with 10,000 supporters, many of whom are in very beneficial positions like judges and cops. He’s considered armed and dangerous, and now his picture hangs right next to Osama Bin Ladin and Whitey Bulger (go Boston!) on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list.
For more about these breakaway Mormon sects, Andrea Moore-Emmett gave a very interesting speech on the subject at the American Atheists annual convention this year. She has first-hand experience of what they do to women, and has written a book called God’s Brothel.
I don’t really have anything clever to say about him. He’s the leader of one of the sickest cults on the planet, built on abusing and dehumanizing women, not to mention the racial bigotry and other sewage they promote. Depressing.
I’m editing this post to end on a slightly related note that is really more of a non sequitur.
AÃ‚ coworker who is soon to be changing jobs told me today in the middle of a meeting that he wanted to take a photo of me to put on his desk at his next place of employment to show them what his last job was like. I was wearing braided pigtails and fingerless mittens, drinking tea out of an American Atheist mug. “I’ll tell them, ‘She’s in jail now,'” he said wistfully.