COMMON CHARACTERISTICS OF HOW THE CULTS OPERATE Aug 29, 2022 15:28:00 GMT prnolonger, questioneverything, and 3 more like this
Post by Sophia M. on Aug 29, 2022 15:28:00 GMT
Thanks for mentioning these two productions. It is so very helpful, and yes, as you say, devastating, to note the similarities. For me it shows how common it can be for large numbers of people in a subculture to feel unequipped to raise heck about wrongdoing that they know their leaders are perpetrating or allowing.
I have been watching the FLDS docuseries recently. . just got to the part where Elissa makes a statement after Jeffs' trial is over. these words are very powerful and come from a very brave and loving person. She was portrayed as a wanton woman by Jeffs' defense people. Her willingness to be a witness in the trial was seen as participating in the world's way of persecution against a faithful leader of God's special people.
Copied and pasted the below words from a website after seeing part of the statement footage in the docuseries episode 4.
Following is a statement from Elissa Wall, a prosecution witness in the Warren Jeff's trial, released Tuesday:
"When I was young, my mother taught me that evil flourishes when good men do nothing. This has not been easy for us. The easy thing would have been to do nothing. But I have followed my heart, and I have spoken the truth.
"What Lamont and I would like to convey our love to our families. Mother, I love you and my sisters unconditionally. I will go to the ends of the earth for you. I understand and respect your convictions, but I will not give up on you.
"I have very tender feelings for the FLDS people. There is so much good in them. I pray they will find the strength to step back and re-examine what they have been told to believe and follow their hearts.
"This trial has not been about religion or a vendetta. It is simply about child abuse and preventing further abuse.
"I hope that all FLDS girls and young women will understand that no matter what anyone may say, you are created equal. You do not have to surrender your rights or your spiritual sovereignty. I know how hard it is, but please, stand up and fight, fight for your voice and choice. I will continue to fight with you.
"To those who have been there to support and keep Lamont and myself encouraged, words cannot begin to express our gratitude. I hope the FLDS people will feel the same kindness as they make their difficult journey.
"I would like to thank Brock Belnap and the prosecuting legal team for all their kindness and hard work. There's a saying by Emily Dickinson that says, 'Opinion is a fleeting thing, but truth outlasts the sun.'"