May 7, 2008
General Mark Shurtleff cowers in bed with polygamists
February 5, 2007 we sent a letter to Senator Reid
encouraging him to
request a federal task force to investigate
child-abuse and polygamy.
We continue to support Senator Reid's courage in
speaking the truth
about what's NOT happening in Utah and Arizona. We encourage
federal intervention to focus on polygamy/bigamy,
trafficking of women
and children and federal monies across state
lines and international borders. We
for the intrepid example they are setting.
There should be no apologizes when it comes to
for polygamy crimes moving to
The roots of Mormon polygamy and its
abuses having stemmed
Utah have prospered throughout our nation
public officials, such as Attorney General Mark
Shurtleff, refuse to
investigate and prosecute crimes within his own
jurisdiction of the state.
Tapestry Against Polygamy gave Utah Attorney
General Mark Shurtleff
a silver platter of testimonies and evidence,
stories of eighteen women, who escaped polygamy
in the book,
Brothel, by Andrea Moore Emmett. John Llewellyn, T.A.P.
Advisor, handed the AG's office the case of
Rachael Strong, a young
mother who grew up in polygamy and was
systematically seduced to
become the seventeenth wife of her step-father.
Shurtleff refused to
investigate and prosecute these polygamy abuse
cases and presently
condones a lifestyle that is inherently abusive.
"In the 21st century we should not be debating
whether or not slavery
should exist. Polygamy is another form of slavery
where children are
at risk every day because they are conditioned to
embrace a life of
servitude," says Rowenna Erickson, T.A.P.
Co-founder. Not only are
young men discarded because they are competition
for older men, young girls are often
child-brides, forced into arranged marriages,
trafficked across state lines
and international borders, as well as, becoming
victims of statutory
rape, sexual abuse, and incest.
As Shurtleff admitted, his office prepared 80
subpoenas for DNA testing
relating to an incest investigation. Not one
arrest was ever
made, nor were charges ever brought against the
violators. While this
non-FLDS polygamist group is worth hundreds of
millions of dollars
with over 200 businesses, Shurtleff decided he
did not want to be
"confrontational". Utah Attorney Generals goal
is "building bridges and breaking down
barriers" with polygamists, yet we ask: "While
crime who would consider building bridges with
"Utah Attorney General is practicing social work
without a license and
taking credit for things he hasn't done.
If his training is the law that's where
his focus should be," says Victoria Prunty,
Tapestry Against Polygamy, Co-founder.
"If the state of
had been vigilant about prosecuting crimes within polygamy perhaps a
federal task force would not be needed. Yet, there is no indication
in the past or future that this pattern of
behavior in Utah will change."
If we are to measure Mark Shurtleff's success for
running the polygamists out of
does he also deserve credit for another well-known large polygamist
group that recently purchased nearly 900 acres in
Mt. Pleasant, Utah.
Polygamy is nothing less than a business where
male leaders profit from
merchandising children and women. Attorney
General Mark Shurtleff
would like to do away with the felony of polygamy
in Utah. Yet, when
the Attorney General's office asked Tapestry not
to use the word
"cult" and if we would support decriminalizing
polygamy, we vehemently
said, "No!" to both.
It is now time to end the insidious poisonous
practice of polygamy in
United States of America.
the letter to Senator Harry Reid in 2007
Contact Tapestry Against Polygamy Co-founders
John Llewellyn, author of
Polygamy's Rape of Rachael Strong
Andrea Moore Emmett, author of
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