Brainwashing is practiced in many societies, large and small. It gives someone the power over other sub-ordinated individuals. I would term such practices un-American and downright sad, but in our environment we have individual rights and if one wants to act like a victim, he/she can't be helped against their heart's desires to be the property of another.
To gain the sympathy of Americans in the fight for any cause, it is important to remember that two words will always work: CHILDREN and MOTHERS. It really does not matter if the MOTHERS are members of some obscure organization, read SECT, or if the MOTHERS are gaggles of females being the property of one man, read PROPHET. It also does not matter if the MOTHERS became such by being prematurely drawn into the loving embraces of the PROPHETS as long as they then produce more potential MOTHERS for the PROPHETS.
To engage in such an undertaking, the PROPHETS and their backup prophets (assistant prophets?) must first obtain some defensible real estate, put a fence around it and then prevent THE EVIL ONES, read government authority, from entering their palaces. After all, one needs privacy to engage in behavior which could be construe d as not meeting society's standards, such as introducing their little ones, early on, to the tender touches of PROPHETS and the world to come. Brainwashing takes time and an endless repetition of what's right or wrong according to the Master PROPHET. The fences around the compound will also serve to keep the little ones in until they have reached the proper touchability quotient and can be introduced to the more serious business of keeping the PROPHETS happy, content, and above all, sexually satisfied. A new generation can thus be produced every twelve to fifteen years and the already programmed MOTHERS can then be used to shape the thinking of the new generation of females. As one of these MOTHERS breathlessly stated: “It is heaven.” For the men, polygamy always is.
This self-perpetuating nest of human vipers must be kept in balance, however, which particularly presents a problem if there are produced an excess of boy-CHILDREN. These male offspring may be in line to become PROPHETS themselves, based on a hierarchy of senior PROPHETS, or they may be absorbed into the workforce or as a basis for collecting welfare from THE EVIL ONES. The basic problem arises if the ratio of boy-CHILDREN becomes to high, as opposed to the girl-CHILDREN, which would seriously interfere with a recommended ten to one female availability for the prophets. According to their teachings, one PROPHET is simply not enough to propagate the wanted growth in their production of future robotic believers. Teenagers of the male persuasion could, however, be considered dangerous competition that would only lead to strive and malcontent among the population. The solution, though., is relatively simple: they are banned from the compound when necessary and forced to join the outside world of the WICKED ONES. They then become the LUCKY ONES even if they don't know it at that point.
Brainwashing people is not all that difficult. If an Austrian house-painter can do it with an entire country of supposedly intelligent inhabitants, it points toward the obvious that such leaders are not required to have any particular training or a high IQ. There have been and are sufficient groups in the United States which demonstrate this principle sufficiently. What is required first of all is isolation from all who are not members of the select chosen by the PROPHET. That includes any and all forms of communication with the outside world – television, radio, telephone, computers, iPods and the like. Daily teachings become a requirement wherein everyone is promised a place in Heaven as long as they are obedient to the PROPHET. Strict rules are put in place and the females in particular are required to dress alike and “Stay Sweet,” a simple instruction to be obedient to the PROPHET at all times.
The 'prairie dresses' cult females must wear are a typical example. They are also not allowed to cut their hair and it is obvious from their entire appearance that this 'cookie cutter' principle is religiously observed. They look alike, talk alike, behave 'sweetly' alike, much to the particular pleasure of the PROPHET who, after all, has his rights to be catered to in his preferences. If he asks them to lie to the EVIL ONES, they will do so without any qualms of conscience. Their place in heaven has been assured and the PROPHET will make sure they will experience the pleasures of his loving embrace. Age does not enter into this mandated availability since everyone is prepared to obey without question. After all, the PROPHET speaks directly to God and it is very much necessary that God is pleased at all times. The PROPHET keeps tabs on that, so he says.
Betrayal of this way of life is a sin, of course. Should some wayward female offspring with a brain of her own decide that something is not quite right with being newly introduced to that smelly old man who, after breakfast, wants to spiritually marry her with all the attendant privileges pertaining thereto, she has little choice. Not having ready access to a blackberry, even if she actually knew what that was, she will have to wait for an opportunity to accompany her elder wife-sisters to the store to make her get-away and call for help. Who to call? Perhaps the welfare people can point the way. After that, one could say there's a new circus in town.
The EVIL ONES may descend on the restricted compound under the notion of 'probable cause,' which is law-speak for 'we believe something is wrong here and we shall visit to find some evidence.' The PROPHETS are not stupid, naturally, never mind their twisted mind-warps. They call for another invention of the EVIL ONES and use them against the very institutions who disapprove of the religious fanatics: DEFENSE ATTORNEYS. Volunteering by the hundreds, they come forth, frothing at their telepods and, totally for free in their esoteric zeal and strive for those poor abused PROPHETS and Assistant PROPHETS, accuse the EVIL ONES of abusing the MOTHERS and the CHILDREN.
One of the tools in their bag of tricks, they shop for a demented EVIL ONE, a judge who is probably a serving member of the Board of Governing PROPHETS. In his or her wisdom, the JUDGE decides that the CHILDREN and their MOTHERS have inalienable rights to be with each other even if no one can figure out whose CHILDREN these little ones are. The men probably know but, unfortunately, many of them cannot be found anywhere, having urgent business elsewhere until the furor caused by the EVIL ONES subsides. They'll be back, of course, since, after all, these bees are drawn to the honey of their programmed CHILDREN. On their return, the MOTHERS can then, once again, proclaim breathlessly: “This is heaven.”
And all is not lost. This group of demented souls has now announced that there shall be no more marriages of underage females. Congratulations! There never were any legal marriages in the first place since they were just 'spiritual.' The men will continue to fiddle with their fancied CHILDREN and the MOTHERS, having been properly 'stockholmed,' will give their unified blessings, obeying their PROPHET. A Cookie Cutter Society – how charming.
Exactly why was Warren Jeffs locked up?