Feb 11, 2013

FLDS Crushing Cars in Texas

Crossposted from Reflections Journal.

First it was the giant watchtower. Now it's their cars. FLDS members at the Yearning For Zion Ranch have been observed crushing their cars... and lawnmowers. It's further evidence that they are dismantling that particular stronghold in the wake of a probable Texas takeover. Here are the strange details.

In a Jan. 31 report by Monique Ching in the San Angelo Standard-Times, James Doyle says that "around 50 nice cars" including Cadillac Escalades have been destroyed by the FLDS in Texas. Doyle offers a possible explanation: There are liens on the cars.

Kathy Mankin, of the Eldorado Success, photographed some of the activity at an FLDS property last month.

With the State of Texas closing in on taking away the YFZ Ranch and no reported response from the FLDS to fight this action, you can only wonder what is going on with the car crushing. Are they packing up and moving out? And why lawn mowers? [All emphases mine]

So, once again, the response from Warren Jeffs and his remaining followers is one of less engagement with the outside world. They're not fighting back. They're closing ranks, reducing their footprint, and possibly moving to more hidden locations. On the one hand, I'm glad to see the cult breaking down and attriting its membership. On the other, I fear all the more for those who are left. Jeffs is only increasing his vice-like grip. He's micromanaging the most intimate details of their lives and forcing them to share in his suffering with a beans and water diet. And it's only going to get worse.

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