Talk about counterfeit marriage. Religious freedom is just another word for nothing left for Rep. Kristi Noem (earth hater-SD) to lose.
Noem and 44 other members of Congress, from both sides of the aisle, want Attorney General Eric Holder take immediate action. They want to put an end to backpage.com, and its facilitation of the buying and selling of sexual services -- many of which involve underage victims. Noem says members of Congress sent the letter because they believe Holder has the authority to prosecute crimes, because a federal statute has been broken. "The fact that we have children every single day that are sold on the internet for sex acts is unacceptable, and so we need to be as aggressive as we possibly can be, and we need the Attorney General to help us in that fight," said Noem. [KOTA teevee]From the Rapid City Journal:
A secretive religious group linked to national cases of polygamy and the marriage of underage girls may be expanding to the Edgemont area, and there may be little Fall River County officials can do. The property in question was part of the estate of Buddy Heck and was left to Doris Seabeck and to Carolyn Fines. Seabeck is Heck’s sister and is the personal representative of his estate. Seabeck signed the purchase agreement, which is being contested by Fines in the courts. The commissioners said that as Carolyn Fines is state’s attorney Lance Russell’s mother, there may be some conflict of interest on the county’s part.Yes, the South Dakota Departments of Justice and Public Jackbootery in cooperation with the US Justice Department have been using remotely piloted aircraft to surveil the residents of the state.
Church leaders have encouraged their flock to take advantage of government assistance in the form of welfare and the WIC (woman-infant-child) programs. Since the government recognizes only one woman as the legal wife of a man, the rest of his wives are considered single mothers and are eligible to receive government assistance. The more wives and children one has, the more welfare checks and food stamps one can receive. By 2003, for example, more than $6 million in public funds were being channeled into the community of Colorado City, AZ. In his book Under the Banner of Heaven (p. 15), Jon Krakauer writes that, "Fundamentalists call defrauding the government 'bleeding the beast' and regard it as a virtuous act." Carolyn Campbell ("Inside Polygamy in the '90s,", 102) adds, "The attitude of some polygamists is 'the government is untrustworthy and corrupt, and I'm above it, but give me those food stamps and free medical care.'"--Lifted from WikipediaDrones have been used extensively to compile evidence against members of the Native Mob in Minnesota.
As South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley looks away as a favor to political allies, Charlie Najacht of the Custer County Chronicle has amassed an archive mountain and is on full tilt about the growth of the compound housing members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints near Pringle.
Even Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler seems on edge about having a polygamist group known for human trafficking digging in his jurisdiction.
Najacht's obsession with the cult even caught the attention of a Utah teevee station:
In South Dakota, they worry those expelled would head north, bringing the same problems to their state. “There's been building going on all through the summer and all of a sudden it stops and there's nothing and the projects were never really completed either,” Wheeler says. The construction has caused enough concern neighbors in the area have started to pack up and move out. "They're digging a huge foundation for something, now. There's speculation that it could be a temple, who knows?” Najacht says.Host families are being sought for teen refugees:
“They are much more successful if they stay with a family,” said Jean Goode, Safety Net’s clinical Case Manager, said of the ex-FLDS teens. “They have very little information about the outside world. They were taught to be afraid of people who were not like them.”Attorneys General in Arizona and Utah have their hands full:
At a hearing set for Tuesday before 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg, attorneys from the Utah and Arizona attorney generals’ offices and the fiduciary appointed to manage the United Effort Plan (UEP) are expected to present a plan in which Lindberg eventually would appoint a board to manage the UEP.Oh well, in fundamentalists red states like South Dakota all women are just breedstock anyway.