FLDS media blitz: repent (and free Warren Jeffs), or else…

As reported earlier the polygamous FLDS sect has launched an international media blitz, with ads claiming to be God’s revelations.

Matthew Waller at the San Angelo Standard-Times reports

The ads purport to be revelations from God through Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Having been convicted of the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl, Jeffs is serving a sentence of life plus 20 years in a prison in Palestine. The alleged revelations were written from Palestine, according to the ads. […]

The ads include instructions on how to buy more revelations of God written through Warren Jeffs. The other revelations cost between $2 and $10. […]

The revelations — which have also been sent to elected officials across the country, including county commissioners from San Angelo and all over Texas — detail how natural disasters will fall upon various nations, with whirlwinds through the Americas and tidal waves striking Australia.

Those revelations call for the release of Jeffs and other FLDS members from prison. Ten men, including Jeffs, have been convicted of charges such as bigamy, performing an illegal marriage ceremony and child sexual assault.

Other demands include care for widows, orphans and the elderly, a stop to abortions, an end to homosexual activity and the protection of Israel by Turkey. Ken Driggs, a Georgia attorney who has written for academic journals and books on the FLDS, said the advertisements might be a way to show Jeffs’ followers that he is still active and in command.

Reuters says

“Repent ye; now be of full humbling; all peoples shall be humbled in full way; as I send full judgment,” reads one of the ads, versions of which have appeared during the past week in newspapers including the New York Times, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Vancouver Sun. […]

Willie Jessop, a former FLDS spokesman who still lives in an FLDS community but says he has disavowed Jeffs, said he doesn’t think Jeffs’ followers will see the revelations.

Most of his followers aren’t allowed to read newspapers or the Internet, nor are they allowed to look at the revelations, Jessop said, adding that Jeffs was controlling the sect through his brothers.

“If people had access to all of his revelations, they would see there is no validity or credibility to them,” Jessop told Reuters.

Lindsay Whitehurts, who keeps track of the FLDS via The Polygamy Blog at the Salt Lake Tribune, has collected Warren Jeffs’ ‘prophecies’ in The Big Warren Jeffs Revelations Calendar. Many of the entries include a PDF file with Jeffs’ creative writings (click on and entry and select ‘more details’).

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