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Kirk Torgenson with the Utah Attorney General’s Office gave a presentation about “Polygamy Victimization” at this year’s NOVA Conference.  We do not have the transcript from his presentation but Brooke Adams’ blog gave us some information about what he talked about.

The following exceprt is from her blog:

Kirk Torgensen, chief deputy in the Utah Attorney General’s Office, spoke Tuesday at the National Organization For Victim Assistance conference, being held in Salt Lake City.

His topic? “Polygamy Victimization.”

Former plural wife Carolyn Jessop also spoke. More on her in the next post. But here is a recap of what Torgensen had to say.


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TruthWillPrevail.org has put together a wonderful and enlightening 5 part series on Mormon Plural Marriage which we would like to share here:

Part 1: Scriptural Support for Plural Marriage: The Old Testament

Part 2: Scriptural Support for Plural Marriage: The New Testament

Part 3: Doctrinal Basis for Modern Plural Marriage

Part 4: Reluctance of Early Mormon Leaders to Take Plural Wives

Part 5: Testimonies of Plural Wives

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Prayer in School

Since “The Pledge of Allegiance” and “The Lord’s Prayer” are not allowed in most public schools anymore because the word ‘God’ is mentioned…
A 15 year old kid in Arizona wrote the following:

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites, It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all
In silence alone we must meditate,
God’s name is prohibited by the state.

We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks..
They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
It’s ‘inappropriate’ to teach right from wrong,
We’re taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It’s scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!

~Posted to the internet by an unknown author.

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The Principle Rights Coalition sponsored a Legislative Education Day today at the Utah State Capitol.  We had short presentations  by Ric Cantrell – Chief Deputy of the Utah State Senate, Mark Shurtleff – Utah Attorney General, Paul Murphy – Director of Communications for the A.G.’s office, and Mary Batchelor.

Ric Cantrell gave a great speech about how important it is for us to get involved in our government.  He said “the only safety lies in engagement.”  And he gave us some way to become “engaged.” 

  • All Senate debates are live streamed
  • They do pod casts
  • The Utah Senate has its own YouTube channel
  • And, of course, Email

Mark Shurtleff  agreed with everything Ric said and then reminded us that polygamy is a felony and is against the constitution of Utah.  He told us that if we want to change that fact we are going to have to get involved.  He also assured us that what happened in Texas will not happen here (in Utah)

Paul Murphy told is that Mark Shurtleff if a tough guy but he has a tender heart.  Paul is concerned about the stories he hears of people in polygamous communities not daring to get help when they need it.  He reminded us that the Amish people were not always seen in a good light, but now they are known for their forgiveness and furniture.  Paul hopes that one day we will be known for our strength and hard work.

Mary Batchelor gave us a quick overview of how to lobby our legislators.  The first rule is be courteous, polite, and respectful.   The second rule is to keep it short and simple (KISS) because the legislators don’t have time to read lengthy letters.  She also told us that the last thing we want to do is get in an argument with them because that will just close doors and shut down the lines of communication.

We ended our time there with a tour of the Capitol.

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Preventing Victims

The media generally associates our plural lifestyle with the word “Victim”.  As a commitee the following are a few things we have worked on to make sure we are not creating “Victims”.


Building community

awareness through education

about appropriate parental and

spousal relationships and by training

citizens to see the signs of

abuse and to know how and when

to report.




Creating partnerships

with agencies, fostering local support

systems for families, playing

the role of service sponsors and

coordinators, and breaking down

barriers among community members.





Striving to right the laws

that create unique barriers for our

citizens, bringing law enforcement

presence into our underserved

community, and breaking down




Believing that citizens have

an inalienable right to peace, happiness,

protection, security, and justice

and that building healthy and

able families through education and

support is the key to reducing



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I just had something happen that frustrates me so much I don’t know what to do.  I’m sure we all remember when the FLDS children were taken from their homes in Texas and the emotional videos of the removal.  Well, my 4 year old happened to see some of the videos the FLDS posted to their site.  I wish she wouldn’t have seen them, but she did and she simply CAN NOT forget them.

Well, we just heard a siren and she asked me, “Mom, what is that noise?” 

I said, “It’s a siren, honey.” 

“Oh, like a cop car?” 

I respond with “Yes, or an ambulance maybe” because I can see that she is getting upset. 

Then, the comment that I knew was coming came.  In a high pitched, worried voice she exclaimed “Mom, I don’t want the cops to take me!” 

I reassured her they aren’t coming for her and redirected her attention to something more pleasant, but my question is, what am I supposed to do?  I would like to teach her to trust law enforcement, but because she saw those videos she is constantly worried that they are going to take her away.  I don’t know how to fix this.

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Our Mission

CPAC’s mission as a committee

of volunteer citizens from the

polygamous community of Centennial

Park, Arizona, is to deliver

to the public a correct view of the

polygamous lifestyle as practiced

in Centennial Park with the

objectives of dispelling popular

stereotypes commonly held by

people at large, of defeating unjust

laws which currently exist aimed

at the polygamous minority, to

overturn, eventually, the Supreme

Court decision in Reynolds vs. The

United States, and to promote

more amicable relations with local

agencies which have to deal with

families. In doing this, the Committee

seeks to achieve a political

and social environment within

which both polygamous and non-polygamous

cultures may comfortably

fit into an integrated


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The Edmunds-Tucker Act of 1887 was an especially harsh law aimed directly at Utah Territory’s polygamy. Men went to prison as bigamists and wives were forced to testify against their husbands. The Act abolished the corporate structure of the Mormon Church and revoked women’s suffrage.

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Well, I’m getting more and more excited about this election.  I was really afraid that Obama might take it, but after Sarah Palin being nominated for VP and watching her speech and McCain’s at the RNC I am really thinking that McCain will win.  If, and it is always a big IF, they do what they promise the next four years could be really great.  Finally, someone in power who will support off shore drilling in addition to alternative fuel sources!  I don’t know about you, but these fuel prices are just about killing me!  He supports parents’ choice in education, and wants to create incentives to get and keep good teachers (and help the not so good ones find other employment).  He said he wants to get back to the basics of the republican party.

His speech got off to a rough start.  There was a lot of confusion and disruption in the crowd and some people had to be escorted out, but toward the middle he started doing MUCH better and by the end he was actually talking about some of the things he was going to do.  I say let’s give him a chance.  Vote McCain/Palin in November!

You can read the speech here.

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Fat Tax in Alabama

OK, so technically it isn’t tax, but Alabama wants to charge its fat employees $25/month for insurance (it is currently free).  Does that seem a little discriminatory, mean, and just downright wrong?  When is the government going to stop trying to control people’s lives?

I wonder what would happen if people in general (and the government in particular) would use patience, love, and kindness to help others change their lives for the better instead of always thinking of new punishements for those who don’t conform?

Why is it so hard for people to realize that rights and freedoms are not pulled away all at once?  It starts with small things like this and then, when no one objects, the government puts more restrictions and punishments on us until we have no freedom left at all.

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