I can think of a lot better words than "compound" to describe the FLDS community. How about "community" for one? Or we might say "town" or "society". We can even use the word "enclave". But "compound"? The colloquial definition has come to be fraught with images of siege, fences, and razor wire--a prison camp for lunatics. Use of the word compound is a subtle
Texas officials entered Eldorado in search of weapons of mass destruction, but when they had emerged, their mission had changed to one of "compound building".attempt to cover up the reality that we don't know very much about a certain society we wish to confront--and that we don't much care to know either.
In the past few days, Texas officials entered Eldorado in search of weapons of mass destruction, but when they had emerged, their mission had changed to one of "compound building".
True there was reason to enter the community. A young woman called law authorities and reported that she was being abused "by an adult male to whom she had been 'spiritually married.'" Officials obtained the necessary search warrant for probable cause. When, however, they entered the "compound" their mission changed. Now essentially every woman and child that had lived in the Eldorado community has been forcibly removed. Why didn't Texas officials remove all the men of the community--the alleged perpetrators? Because that wouldn't be conducive to good "compound building".
...Marleigh Meisner, spokeswoman for Texas' division of child protective services, said "all the children have been safely removed from the ranch."Three years ago, when former FLDS leader Warren Jeffs predicted apocalypse of one sort or another, county Sheriff David Doran paid the "compound" a visit--except that it wasn't known as a compound then. His perspective at the time was
However, Meisner said she "still cannot confirm that we have the 16-year-old girl."
"That it's business as usual." "Things were quiet out there. It was calm." "They just want to live their lives under their religious beliefs."I don't much appreciate the odd religious beliefs of the FLDS community. I can't understand how they would acquiesce to Warren Jeffs' usurpation of power outside the normal bounds of FLDS transfer of authority. I am particularly perturbed, as Ken Bingham has already pointed out, that the FLDS have taken on the moniker of "Latter-Day Saints" when almost none of their members have ever had anything to do with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But just because they're weird doesn't give Texas law enforcement the authority to metamorphose an incident of abuse into a "compound building" experiment.
When a friend of mind seemed smugly satisfied back when the Branch Davidian community received their comeuppance as their property went up in flames, I looked him square in the eye and said, "Richard--you're next."
"Next" has now gotten a lot closer.