I have no idea whether Warren Jeffs believed that his god was telling him that he had some kind of heavenly mandate to marry women and girls without any concern for their desires. I don’t know whether he thought raping his underage “spiritual wives” was desired by this god. It’s neither unheard of to believe in very convenient gods nor to invent gods to get you what you want.
Truth be told, I don’t care. Jeffs is in a nice little secular prison now where he’ll stay for the rest of his life. The rest, at least in his case, is academic.
Jeffs, however, doesn’t think so, and he’s on a campaign to convince others that he knows God’s will on this matter. A couple of months ago, Jeff’s sponsored ads in newspapers around the country hawking a revelation.
The ad offered copies of various publications for sale, ranging from $2 to $10. It turns out that warnings to nations are cheap, while proclamations and the direct revelations of Christ are somewhat more expensive. It wasn’t unreasonable to assume that these warnings had something to do with Jeffs being imprisoned, or that the timing of the imminent return of Christ might be inspired by the same events.
In fact, that appears to be the case. Jeffs, who presumably didn’t sell as much revelation as he’d have liked, is now having his/Christ’s/whoever’s word mailed to officials in rural counties. They’ve been turning up in Minnesota:
The bundles of letters and booklets began arriving a couple months ago to many county commissioners in the region.
Some of the envelopes contained a two-page document; others had 43-page booklets; one held large bound books that were 149 pages long.
The materials contain proclamations and“revelations that appear to warn government entities around the world of “whirlwind judgments” and certain doom if Jeffs’ message isn’t heeded.
Jeffs, who is president of a group that has been called the “radical” polygamous sect of the Mormon Church, also sends the strong message in the long rambling literature that he should be released from jail.
Terribly convenient, that.
There’s nothing special about Minnesota in this regard, though. The letters and booklets are also being received in South Dakota:
So far, Fischbach and the other commission members have received 20 of these letters….all containing prophecies from Jeffs. “It just seemed like it was just…he was just trying to scare us. Wanted to warn the people of bad things happening I guess. I’m not real sure what his end motive was.”
In one writing, Jeffs says the U-S will soon be gripped by famine and then invaded by two foreign powers. Jeffs says God will punish the U-S for legalizing abortion with a series of earthquakes and windstorms. Jeffs says God will destroy the city of Cincinnati as a warning to turn from sin. And repeatedly, Jeffs says people in positions of power…such as Fischbach…reek in blood because they have turned away from God’s will. “It’s pretty insulting yes but I just take it with a grain of salt I guess. Kind of just throwing it away.”
But not all of these letters from Jeffs are being thrown away. Some are being held by the Brown County States Attorney; so far, no crime has been committed but these letters are so inflammatory that the locals here want to hold onto them, just in case. “This is….this is crazy stuff.”
Oops. I don’t think that was the reaction Jeffs was going for. It’s hardly going to get him out of jail. Well, whether he believes the stuff he’s printing or not, Jeffs has a ways to go before he manages to convince people who weren’t raised within the strict confines of his faith that he’s got a line to God.