Please read Brooke Adam’s article about this.
I’m glad the 3rd Court of Appeals was able to see the situation with reason and clarity. We have been asking all along, “Where is the proof?” And guess what? There was none.
I would like to extend a “thank you” to Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry of KSL’s Nightside Project for the segment they did with two ladies from Centennial Park. It was very positive and informative. I appreciate Ethan and Alex giving Centennial Park a chance to tell their story.
To listen to the podcast, click here. It is under Hour 1 for Monday.
You want to focus so much on the crimes of the FLDS and overrule them as citizens of your little community…..What about the crimes committed by those who have sworn the oath similar to yours to uphold and protect the rights of your citizens? To read what he said, go to Mayor Lown’s Letter
Well, I have mixed feelings about the effectiveness of the media training we had in St. George.
Some guidelines we came up with during the meeting for the media are:
Reduce sensationalism – be careful of verbage that colors a story.
Be factual and well balanced.
Differentiate between criminals and the rest of the people.
Don’t ask about sexual abuse when you are interviewing a child.
Some tips the media had for us are:
Step forward and tell your story.
Develop a relationship with reporters.
“It is hard for us to demonize you if you talk to us.” – Ben Winslow
“No comment is a comment.” – Ben Winslow
Unfortuately a lot of the Q & A turned into a pro vs. anti argument about polygamy.
What do you think?
If you’d like more information or to interview Dr. John Walsh, please contact him at 281-403-3032 or e-mail Dr. Walsh at wjwalshphd@comcast. net.
Silent and lone, silent and lone!
Where, tell me where, are my little ones gone,
That used to be playing about my knee,
With their noisy mirth and boisterous glee?
Who littered the carpets and misplaced the chairs,
And scattered their playthings all unawares;
Who called for their suppers, with eager shout,
And while they were getting, ran in and out;
Who kept all the apples and nuts from spoiling,
And never saved jackets and pants from soiling.
Silent and lone, silent and lone!
Where, tell me where, are my little ones gone?
There are no little faces to wash to-night,
No little troubles for mother to right,
No little blue eyes to be sung to sleep,
No little playthings to put up to keep,
No little garments to hang on the rack
No little tales to tell, no nuts to crack,
No little trundle bed brimful of rolic,
Calling for mamma to settle the frolic,
No little soft lips to press me with kisses-
Oh! such a sad, lonely evening as this is;
No little voices to shout with delight,
“Good night, dear mamma, good night, good night!”
Silent the house is, no little ones here,
To startle a smile or chase back a tear.
-by a Short Creek Mother
The above poem was published in volumn 19 (October 1953) of the Truth Magazine.
For Immediate ReleaseMay 2, 2008
MEDIA & POLYGAMY: TELLING THE STORYA.G. TOWN HALL WILL EXPLORE MEDIA EXPOSURE AND MORE
Polygamy and the roles of the media and government will be explored ina Town Hall Meeting in St. George. This will be the fourth Town HallMeeting concerning polygamy for Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff andArizona Attorney General Terry Goddard.
“We started this discussion five years ago and this will be a good chance to reflect on where we have gone and where we need to go,” says Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.
The Attorneys General of Utah and Arizona will be joined for a panel discussion by Arizona State Representative David Lujan, Centennial Park resident Don Timpson and Utah Safety Net Coordinator Paul Murphy. The public will be invited to attend and participate.
“Previous Town Halls have all been productive, and this year’s will bean important opportunity to strengthen relations between law enforcement and the Colorado City/Hildale community,” says Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard.
The Town Hall Meeting will follow a half-day training session for members of polygamous communities, journalists, law enforcement officers and social service providers working with plural families. The training session has two goals:
* Help journalists seek truth and report it; minimize harm; act independently; and be held accountable.
* Help polygamists and people working with polygamists provide information in a way that is accurate, fair and minimizes harm,especially to children.
Both events are being sponsored by the Utah-Arizona Safety Net Committee, which brings together government agencies, non-profit organizations and interested individuals together to “open up communication, break down barriers and coordinate efforts to give people associated with the practice of polygamy equal access to justice, safety and services.”
What: Town Hall Meeting
When: 7:00-9:00 p.m., Thursday, May 8, 2008
What: Media Training Session
When: 1:00-5:00 p.m, Thursday May 8, 2008
Where: Both events will be at the Dixie Center, 1835 Convention CenterDrive, St. George, Utah
More information can be found at
Does anyone have any thoughts, questions, comments, or concerns about this?
The following public forum letter was printed in the Salt Lake Tribune on April 30, 2008.
While emotionally appealing, the plea that the Texas FLDS children be returned to their parents fails to answer the question, “What then?” The Short Creek “return policy” has resulted in: the “lost boys,” welfare fraud amounting to billions of dollars, 15-year-old girls exercising “free will” to marry 50-year-old men (please!), and women “reassigned” to new husbands outside the bounds of secular law. Which action presents the greater evil?
Nature provides a near 50/50 ratio of female to male, yet in the Texas compound there are four women to every man. Someone is being short-changed. Being expelled from the community, the “lost boys” find themselves unprepared to fend in normal society. These expulsions warrant jail time for the responsible authority and for the parents. How many men can afford to clothe, feed, house and educate 30 children? Polygamy is not only against the law, but by depending upon government welfare for its survival, it crosses the boundary of church and state. Yes, the Texas incident seems harsh, but something harsh is needed, similarly in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff should do more than close one eye.
F.T. Gardiner Provo
According to F.T. Gardiner, FLDS welfare fraud amouts to “billions of dollors.” Billions? That is a figure I find extremely hard to believe.
What are your thoughts on this letter?