Audio clips reveal FLDS leader's racist teachings
The Eldorado Success has obtained audio recordings of Warren Jeffs, prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The recordings seem to support claims by former FLDS members that Jeffs teachings are racist, especially as they concern African-Americans.
In one of the clips Jeffs says, "You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth or rude and filthy, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind." CLICK HERE TO LISTEN FOR YOURSELF.
Sheriff dismisses suicide predictions for YFZ Ranch
Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran, Texas Ranger Sergeant Brooks Long and Texas Ranger Captain Barry K. Caver, met with YFZ Ranch officials Wednesday morning, April 6, on the ranch property. The lawmen later appeared at the now famous ranch gate for an impromptu press conference.
Doran told a throng of reporters who had gathered there that he attached no significance to the April 6th doomsday predictions attributed to FLDS Prophet Warren Jeffs.
He said the lawmen had met with ranch officials and were assured that nothing of significance would be happening on the ranch that day.
Doran told the Success that the FLDS church does hold a yearly conference on April 6, but that the meeting was not being held on the YFZ.
“I think they are meeting today, but they met somewhere else,” Doran said.
After the storm
Slower pace returns week after media invasion
What passes for normal in Eldorado these days, would be considered bizarre in most Texas towns. That’s how much things have changed since the YFZ Ranch story broke last year.
While the sight of satellite trucks and TV news crew doing sidewalk interviews might appear strange in other West Texas communities, here it has become commonplace.
Nowadays locals ask as many questions as the news crews. Things like, “When did you say this going to air? ...Oh, in May? ...So it we’ll see it during sweeps?”
That’s not to suggest that Eldoradoans have become jaded, only that many of them have become media savvy.
It has been a steep learning curve and last week it got steeper as reporters and news crews from four countries and two continents converged on Eldorado, each of them wanting a front-row seat at Warren Jeff’s end-of-the world extravaganza.
FLDS named to "Hate Group" list by Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center will name the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to its “Hate Groups List” when it publishes its quarterly Intelligence Report on May 1st. The list contains hundreds of groups ranging from the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan Nation, to the Nation of Islam, many of them located here in Texas, some as nearby as San Angelo.
Word of the listing reached the Success this week, along with an advance copy of an article titled “Tempest in Texas,” by SPLC reporter Susy Buchanan, which is due to appear in the upcoming Intelligence Report. In the article, Buchanan describes the FLDS, its belief in polygamy and its adherence to the teachings of Prophet Warren Jeffs, who Buchanan calls “a religious dictator.”
Hilderbran's 30-06 bill gathers momentum in Austin
By all accounts, House Bill 3006 was supposed to die in committee last week, but it didn't.
State Representative Harvey Hilderbran authored the bill and likes to refer to it as H.B. Thirty Ought-Six, because he says it packs a serious punch. The bill targets polygamous marriages, as well as under-age marriages, and addresses several other aspects of Texas marriage law. The bill was prompted by developments on the YFZ Ranch near Eldorado where the openly polygamous FLDS church is currently building a new town.
FLDS dominated council backs away from fight over utilities
HILDALE, UT -- Ross and Lori Chatwin, the Colorado City, Arizona couple who defied an order to leave their home after being excommunicated from the FLDS church by its Prophet Warren Jeffs, won yet another victory Friday when the Hildale, UT city council was forced to back down from its decision to disconnect electric power and water service to their home.
The Chatwins appeared Friday at an emergency meeting of the Hildale city council where they pleaded with the panel not to turn off their electricity. But council members, who are all FLDS members, referred to the couple as “squatters” and denied the Chatwins’ request. Later that day, workers from the Hildale City Utility Dept. which also handles services in Colorado City, arrived at the Chatwin home and disconnected the electric and water services.