The Schism between the FLDS and the LDS occured owing to (Seriously) polygamy. The LDS once was a big fan of polygamy. It actively preached the notion that a woman’s place was firmly by the side of her husband and he was the boss. The LDS was infamous for it’s polygamy, wife beating and child marriages.
However while seeking greater approval in the USA the LDS decided to modernise and do away with the practice of polygamy. The FLDS is a splinter group which refused to accept the idea of marriage to a single woman.
Now here is the thing. I am personally not a fan of polyamory. It’s not for me. But I understand some people make it work. Good for them. What the FLDS practice is not Polyamory but a specific belief that a man SHOULD have multiple wives and women can only gain a place in Mormon Heaven if they are completely subservient to a carrier of the Y chromosome. Needless to say that this (in my eyes atleast) is a obvious attempt to control women, but if you are born in such a world as the FLDS are then it’s the only belief you have.
The law of revelation is a powerful belief amongst the FLDS. That anyone can be a prophet and that the direct word of god must be obeyed.
“God is greater than the United States, and when the Government conflicts with heaven, we will be ranged under the banner of heaven against the Government...”
Dan and Ron Lafferty were imprisoned with Ron awaiting the ultimate sanction. They still believe they did the right thing.
With this in mind, we can understand the mentality of the FLDS. The FLDS actively excommunicates young men from the church in order to maintain the polygamy ratios. Everything is done to maintain the status quo and this means any who leave or criticise the FLDS are fair game if one recieves a revelation from god.
And in this case? Members of the FLDS recieved the revelation to torment and terrorise Andrew Chatwin and did so by encasing a live kitten in concrete and leaving it at his farm. Mr Chatwin attempted to rescue the kitten but the kitten died six days later after it was freed. Andrew called him Thomas, and Thomas died for the sake of fear and suffered a life of pain for no reason apart from sending a message.
This is an act of unspeakable cruelty that can only be done by someone who believes with all his heart and mind that he is doing something good for the sake of a higher cause without realising that the higher cause is the base instinct of revenge and hatred that is justified by the belief in a higher cause.
No suicide bomber ever set out thinking that they are the bad guys.