Warren Jeffs Is Predicting the End of the World… from Behind Bars

Warren Jeffs, the man who is both the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and in prison for committing aggravated sexual assault on children, is still making decisions for his cult from behind bars.

In fact, he’s now saying the end of the world will occur before the end of the year (2012). The cult-owned grocery store, the only one in Colorado City, has already shut down — since no one needs food if the world will cease to exist.

In the CNN report below, no church member would speak with reporter Gary Tuchman:

The bigger question, of course, is what will happen on January 1st when the world is still here. Will the followers still follow Jeffs? Will the spell finally be broken? Or is there something even more sinister in store for the 31st that we don’t know about?

Oh… and how is Jeffs even communicating with his church members?

More likely than not, those who are left behind in 2013 will just come up with some excuse to rationalize why their leader’s prophecy didn’t come true. That’s how groups like this thrive — no matter how strong the evidence is, nothing will convince them that their leader is actually powerless.

(Thanks to Joe for the link)

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  • jdm8

    Cults that predict the end of the world generally have explanations of why previous predicted ends haven’t worked. They all think they’re unique.

  • Cat’s Staff

    I hope they have him on a suicide watch. He might try to convince people the process of getting called to heaven has started by killing himself.

  • DougI

    Sheesh, the end of the world on such short notice? That doesn’t give me time to get a new End Tymz outfit. We’re going to have to reschedule.

  • C Peterson

    You say that like it’s a bad thing…

  • midnight rambler

    Suicide watch? Like a webcast? That sounds awfully voyeuristic.

  • Evan Pixley

    Jailed Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Issues Hundreds of Orders From Prison


  • pagansister

    Again with the end of the world prediction? Oh well. Boring.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    I was born in 1970 which makes me wonder how many times I’ve survived the end of the world.

  • Cecelia Baines

    Several years ago my boyfrined of the time and I drove from Salt Lake City (where he lived) down to Arizona for some road biking and backpacking in the mesas and canyons. We took my truck – a Toyota SR5 with cap, and LOTS of crazy stickers. There was a cap, and a mattress in the bed for camping.

    We drove through Colorado City and stopped for gas and to get some snacks etc….The only gas station at the time was right off the road and was owned and run by the FLDS freakazoids. All the cashiers and store workers were women, all wearing these frocks and bonnets. There were HOARDS of filthy little kids running around (and I mean that literally, they were covered in dirt, filth, and it was obvious they hadn’t washed their hair in days).

    They loved our money for the gas and snacks (which included coke, coffee etc…..go figure, eh!) and because my ex and I are both notorious contrarians, we decided to take a drive around Colorado City.

    We drove into the heart of the town, parked and began walking – me in a sports bra, shorts and Tevas…..We were followed by the men of the town and they were THREATENING! They never said anything, but you could tell they were trying to chase us out.

    We found that grocery store you wrote about in the OP and we started to walk and go in. Before we could get to the door, a pick-up truck pulled up in front, and three men walked to the store. They went inside and LOCKED THE DOOR, preventing us from going in.

    I tell you, this should be outlawed! Colorado City (at least back then) was one frightening place, and I spent a few months in Moscow in 1990, right when the violence there was at its worst! I felt more frightened in Colorado City than alomst anywhere else I have ever been.

  • Inkspots

    Yow. Fascinating — and creepy.

  • machintelligence

    This is from Hank Fox:

    I wish there was an End of the World Enforcement Committee. That way, anytime somebody predicted the end of the world, the Committee would ensure that the world DID end … for that guy.

    Go and read the rest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000788117675 Cathy Moore Casper


  • Cecelia

    Yo, do I come down to where you work and knock the dick out of your mouth?


    So fuck off.

  • http://profiles.google.com/conticreative Marco Conti

    I think if he killed himself he would do us all a favor, I am more worried about his followers and what they may do in their isolated town. While I am sure there are plenty of despicable people there, some are obviously innocent and we don’t want another mass suicide.

    On another note, if he is not supposed to communicate withe the outside world, how is he doing it? Are the prison authorities that incompetent?

    Obviously, I know how he is communicating: his lawyers and then a chain of untraceable middlemen. Hard to do something about that since the lawyers are obviously good enough to claim plausible deniability. Of course, they could try to entrap them somehow.

  • jdm8

    Passing information through lawyers sounds like the best bet. I don’t know the law regarding prisoner communication, but a conversation between a prisoner and his lawyer is probably protected by attorney-client privilege, other visitors might not have any privacy protection.

  • Isilzha

    Usually what happens it the followers start saying that it was something they did (their prayers, morality, piousness, etc) is what convinced god to not end it and therefore they saved the world.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

    That’s… how many apocalypses, now? Starting to understand how Buffy felt, with one ‘pocalypse after another. (Except ours have been far calmer… so far.)

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

    Okay, I’m impressed.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    You’ve got some good suspense-building elements there, but adding a couple additional plot points would significantly enhance your story.

    So: it was just before sundown when you stopped. And it wasn’t just for gas, your vehicle needed some repair that required you to stay for at least a couple of days…

    BTW, don’t kill everyone off in the first movie. You need to allow for sequel potential.

  • Cecelia Baines

    Jesus! It was a first draft! We are just establishing beat and character right now. Don’t worry, we’ll fix it in post.


  • http://twitter.com/IMProbulos I M Probulos

    All the doomsday proponents essentially make the argument for us that religion is superstition and myth and a creation of man.
    However, per the Statistical Theory of Everything on some day, even if it’s a billion years from now, someone will wake up and say, “Today the world will end.”:
    And it will.
    The irony is that it will be the first doomsday prediction to come true.
    Bad part — no one here to congratulate them!

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Gadzooks! He was wrong. I am gobsmacked. And happy new year to all.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    So uh, it’s now the evening of January 1. Has the Colorado City grocery store reopened yet?