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Nov 20 2007

Warren Jeffs sentenced; must serve at least 10 years

Polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs was sentenced today for being an accomplice to rape by running his “Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints” as a sex farm for himself and older male members, forcing teenage girls into marriages with cousins and other men often old enough to be their grandfathers. Good riddance.

Now, I wonder how our pal Rhology will assess this situation. I assert, based on “personal” and “societal preferences” (yes, that slurping sound you hear are my eyes rolling yet again), that was Jeffs did was morally wrong because it is harmful to force any unwilling person into sexual submission and/or a marriage that they don’t want, and it’s especially bad to further manipulate them into consent by scaring them that they might jeopardize their rumored “eternal salvation” if they resist, when what’s really going on is that you have an oppressive theocratic society in which males dominate and subjugate the females and treat them like property. Freedom of choice, especially choices dealing with whom you marry and have sex with, should be left up to the individual. To remove that choice from a person simply because you wield power over them is abusive. I know these are not things I should ordinarily have to explain, but remember we’re dealing with Rhology here. Basic human nature eludes him.

So, I invite Rhology to explain whether he approves or disapproves of what Jeffs did, based on his vaunted “objective morality” that he still has yet to define. I invite him especially to give better reasons than the ones I’ve listed, based on this “objective morality,” as to why he think Jeffs was wrong for forcing underage girls into marriages, if indeed Rhology thinks he was.

Demerits for simply falling back on such unsupported presuppositions as “atheists don’t have objective morality so they’re in no position to condemn the acts of Christians.” (Though I suspect Rhology doesn’t consider Jeffs, leader of a splinter Mormon offshoot cult, to be Christian.) Remember, Rho, we’ve heard your premises over and over. We’re still waiting for you to defend and explain them. And whether my reasons are just “personal” or “societal” preferences, are my conclusions about the morality of Jeffs’ acts wrong? And if not, can we agree that your whole “objective morality vs. preferences” mantra is a big fat rhetorical red herring?

3 comments

  1. 1
    Rhology

    What he did was wrong on several levels (and I don’t know a ton about him) but he was wrong to:1) force himself sexually on people2) be married to more than one woman3) have sex outside of (his first) marriage4) teach a false religion5) wield a cultic influence on his followersetc.Why do you think I’d defend him? The guy’s a polytheist cult leader. It would be hard to be farther from my position.Peace,Rhology

  2. 2
    The Rev. Jenner J. Hull

    Don’t you just love it when “True Christians” pick and choose?Just out of curiosity, concerning (2), wasn’t one of the big bible guys, Solomon, known for having a veritable metric-shit-ton of wives and concubines?

  3. 3
    Rhology

    Yes. Alot of people were in the OT. It was still wrong.They suffered consequences for it. It was specifically proscribed in Deut 17.How am I picking and choosing?

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