Texas did something right. Take a picture.
The sect leader faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for his conviction of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old and a 15-year-old who were his “spiritual wives.” The jury convicted him of two counts of sexual assault on a child — charges that stemmed from a 2008 raid on a ranch his church operates near Eldorado, Texas.
Good riddance. What’s more interesting to me is this:
The girl had grown up in Jeffs’ Yearning for Zion ranch, clearing cactus and attending a Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints school where Jeffs was principal, authorities said.
Jeffs’ defense is the same as every religious lunatic: god told me to do it. Christians all over who think god speaks to them for all the same reasons as Jeffs will not find this the least bit disturbing.
Bible-believers who accept that god commanded Abraham to slaughter his son (and who take his willingness to do so as an example of perfect faith) as well as the god who asked Jephtha to murder his daughter will recoil in horror at the idea that the same god could ask some crank in Texas to fuck prepubescent women.
It is a tremendous shame that irony doesn’t physically burn.