As long as I can remember, the name “Bountiful” whispered from back lots of Canadian consciousnesses. Situated in South-eastern British Columbia, Bountiful holds its breath with eyes closed, praying no-one notices. Keep on driving – nothing to see here folks. Not really a town or village – Bountiful is referred to as a “settlement”. Since first settler Harold Blackmore arrived with his family in 1946, roughly 1000 people (descended from 6-8 men) call this Polygamist community home.
Bishop Winston Blackmore took the name “Bountiful” from The Book of Mormon in 1980 – despite dissension in the ranks, and a community now split into FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Inc. (a splinter group led by Winston Blackmore, who took offense when FLDS president and recent convicted felon Warren Jeffs got to big for his britches) – Bountiful remains unfazed by legal technicalities which frown upon incest, rape, underage/forced marriages, and illegal smuggling of child brides between Canada and Polygamist enclaves in America.
Until his 2006 arrest in Las Vegas, FLDS leader Warren Jeffs (a prominent member of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list – now serving time for Accomplice to Rape for forcing a 14 year old girl into marriage with her first cousin) visited Bountiful numerous times. A 2007 Provincial Court investigation concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to charge sect members with abuse or rape, based on the impossible task of finding victims willing to testify. Frustrated by defendants claims of “religious freedom”, special prosecutor William Peck took Section 293 of the Canadian Criminal Code regarding constitutional rights to practice Polygamy to the Supreme Court. In 2011, the Supreme Court of British Columbia upheld Canada’s Polygamy laws.
Today the British Columbia Criminal Justice Branch approved charges of Polygamy and “child related offenses” against 4 members of the Bountiful sect. Winston Blackmore and brother-in-law James Oler face Polygamy charges. (Blackmore is alleged to have 24 wives, Oler, 4) Blackmore’s son Brandon and wife Emily are charged with unlawfully removing a child under 16 from Canada “with the intention that an act be committed outside Canada that would be an offense against Section 151 (sexual interference) or 152 (invitation to sexual touching),” Newly appointed prosecutor Peter Wilson, “declined to approve” further charges of sexual exploitation – stating the standard of approving charges was not met in relation to the offenses.
Kudos Province of B.C. for finally standing up to these criminals. Religious freedom with everyone on board – knock yourselves out. Systematic abuse, exploitation, and degradation of women and children under the guise of religious freedom – I hope you rot in jail. Grooming little girls with your insidious message “keep sweet” (as in control your emotions, and don’t complain when we rape or trade you ), allowing yourselves to smoke and drink alcohol (a direct no-no for mainstream Mormons), forbidding women to cut their hair so they can use it to wash not just Christ’s but your feet in heaven – give me a break, I can’t take much more!
Freedom of religion isn’t the freedom to do anything you damn well please. Nothing would make me happier than watching that moment of realization – the look on your smug faces as you shuffle off to prison.
In conclusion, a snippet of history on Joseph Smith – in my opinion, the womanizing “snake oil” salesman responsible for all this nonsense…..
Joseph Smith was the force responsible for the Mormon religion. His father “told fortunes” moving his family from town to town. Joseph made a go of fortune telling but was arrested for fraud a year before his “vision” led to the birth of the Mormon religion.
There’s no argument these men came from different times and places. That aside, ponder for a moment what might have been had these two businessmen joined forces. It could have been a world where dark skinned people weren’t the descendants of an evil lost tribe of Israel. Dark skinned people could have come from the planet Xenu to wage war with the souls of all those who had travelled to Earth. Polygamy could have been the path to enlightenment, not Gods wish but a way to rid ourselves of psychological problems. A free personality test might have determined individuals prone to gambling or pornography. There’s no telling what the two of them might have come up with.
Per capita the church of Mormon is the wealthiest church in America. Scientology has assets of 500 million in the U.S.
Joseph Smith founded the Mormons in the early 1800s. His father was a fortune teller who moved his family from town to town. In keeping with the family business Joseph set out to do some fortune telling of his own. He would throw crystals into a hat and claim they could tell him where gold or silver deposits were. His career came to a screeching halt when he was arrested for fraud. A year and a half later he suddenly had a “vision” where the word of God appeared on two golden tablets. These words became the Book of Mormon.
Smith had a fondness for women. Another vision miraculously told him that plural wives was the word of God. Polygamy was born. Mormons believe that native Americans are actually descendants of the lost tribe of Israel. They taught that their skin was darker because they were not “pure”, African Americans were viewed the same way. Smith and his followers moved to Missouri, where they were persecuted, eventually Federal troops marched on them. Property was destroyed, several dozen Mormons killed. In response the “Mormon massacre”, 120 pioneers, men, women, and children were attacked and killed by Mormons who believed there were those among them who had taken part in attacks on their settlements.
Joseph Smith was murdered, Brigham Young took over. He struck a deal to leave the country, taking his people to Utah, at that time not part of the United States.
Mormon banks are reported to have financed the Mafia in the building of Las Vegas. Per capita Mormons are the richest religion in America.