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November 17, 2014   What it’s like to be a polygamy beat reporter   Salt Lake Tribune reporter Nate Carlisle on an evolving coverage area   Columbia Journalism Review By Chris Ip   Last Tuesday, The New York Times’ frontpage headline read “It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Many Wives.” That Joseph Smith married as many as 40 women—one of them 14 years old, and others already married to his followers—was a rare story for national news. But it was just another day on the job Nate Carlisle, perhaps the nation’s only polygamy beat reporter.   The Salt Lake Tribune role is no new fad; it’s been a beat at…

Polygamy wasn’t a theological debate for early Mormon women. It was part of their lives   By acknowleding that founder Joseph Smith had multiple wives, the Mormon church is finally offering those – and many other – women dignity David Ebershoff The Guardian Thursday 13 November 2014 Several years ago, I interviewed a Brigham Young University professor about the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly called Mormons. I was researching my novel about Ann Eliza Young, the plural wife of Brigham Young (the man who succeeded Joseph Smith as the second prophet). Ann Eliza…

It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Up to 40 Wives The New York Times By LAURIE GOODSTEIN NOV. 10, 2014   Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that the church’s founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, portrayed in church materials as a loyal partner to his loving spouse Emma, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old. The church’s disclosures, in a series of essays online, are part of an effort to be transparent about its history at a time when church members are increasingly encountering disturbing claims about the faith on the Internet….

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C.M. Katas has been a valuable member and contributor to Stop Polygamy in Canada Society for years.  Her story was aired on the History Channel in Canada called “Predator Prophet.”  Last year she celebrated a real wedding and married a man who truly loves and respects her, as she does him.  Her success story is like no other for survivors of polygamy.  She has authored the following paper.  I am proud to have her as a colleague in this journey of advocating for women and children, young men and boys of polygamy.  

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Fawn Brodie’s book No Man Knows My History: The Story of Joseph Smith was censored by the LDS as a book of lies about the founder of Mormonism.  Emma Smith was so incensed over her husband’s philandering, she took her children and moved across the street in Nauvoo, Il.  That’s…

The question of to leave or not to leave is discussed by many LDS members in the following article.  Of course, this is in Utah.  There are many groups of active to inactive Mormons and different types of members just as there are in any other large organized religion.  This…

Daphne Bramham and the Vancouver Sun has been second to none in their research on the origins of Bountiful.  And the redacted list of underaged girls trafficked for sex by the FLDS was sent to me by a social worker working on the case in Texas when they put Jeffs…

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I received a faxed copy of this article today.  When I went to the Creston Valley Advance to find the article, strangely it was deleted from the paper’s archives.  BUT it is out there all over the internet!  HOORAY!  HURRAH!!  It looks like the young people will be able to say…

I am very happy and proud to publish this position paper on our blog. http://ccmw.com/position-statement-on-polygamy-in-the-quran-in-canada/ Given the freshness of the Quebec Charter of Values banning the wearing of religious symbolism in public sector positions, we have been discussing how we feel about Quebec’s move. Our opinions are as varied as…

[I am posting this because I was shunned miserably when I first left the Mormon church. People I had known for years, had babysat for, had taken loaves of homemade bread and buckets of chicken soup to their homes when there was sickness would fold their arms and walk to…

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“Our Girls” has become “the world’s girls” as more and more people speak out. The last sentence in this news report brought tears to my eyes. A father speaking out for the safety of his daughter. Whereas these fathers are demonstrating and pleading to get their girls back from the despot kidnappers; here in “peaceful” Canada, it was the “fathers” (if one can call them that!) who trafficked their young teen daughters down to the States from Bountiful to be forced into marriage to older FLDS men. The authorities who have the power to prosecute the child-trafficking polygamists of Bountiful…

Canadians have been asked to weigh in on the conversation re the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, April 17, 2012. There is an ad with a young woman extolling sec. 15 of the Charter guaranteeing women’s equality rights with men in Canada. Those are very pretty words on paper, BUT the truth of the matter is that women still receive less pay for work of equal value in Canada.  And, women are still forced into patriarchal harems in Canada. I am curious to know how informed the young woman in this ad is regarding a…

(I just sent this message to the Canadian RCMP investigating Bountiful) I have just received word that the FLDS are taking children as young as a year old without their mothers knowing where they are going!  I’m told some mothers are going with their babies, but not all.  They could be trafficking babies out of Bountiful. I’ve asked my contact if he’ll speak to the Canadian RCMP.  I’m waiting for a reply from him. All border patrols should be alerted! I’ve spent hours and hours on this issue in the last few days.   How frustrating to know about this and…

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