A letter to the editor in this morning’s paper raises some cogent points about the maverick (Gawly, that word has suddenly been AWOL from its daily usage) FLDS church which received lengthy coverage last week. (“The Jessops: An FLDS family in pictures.”)
Among the normalizing, descriptive phrases were: The Jessops have a rich, dynamic family life and because of the number of people in the home, meals in the Jessop home are not unlike holiday meals in other homes.
The church, not to be confused with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or LDS Church, is a polygamist offshoot that has been repudiated by Mormon adherents. But the newspaper’s softball coverage replete with photos, normalizing the families and practices should be noted. Thanks to letter writer Mitch Keiper of Chandler for bringing up the impact this sect has on the taxpaying citizens who unsuspectingly support the practice of plural marriage and the appalling situation of boys raised in the abnormal communal setting where young girls are given in marriage to older men.
The Arizona Republic’s tolerant coverage of the polygamist group, long the subject of government raids when the community was known as Short Creek, affirms the daily’s push for alternatives to traditional marriage. The Republic has been relentless in its advocacy of same-sex “marriage.” The warm handling of the Jessops family and plural marriage is another means of bolstering their argument that there are many kinds of families.
The Republic has also dealt harshly with the LDS Church after the marriage amendment supporting traditional unions of one man and one woman, won overwhelmingly in the November 4th election. Seeing Red AZ has addressed the ‘camel’s nose under the tent’ incrementalism of the daily paper and it’s Editor and Vice President of News, Randy Lovely, who moved to Phoenix with his ‘partner’ when he assumed his duties.