Today’s Guardian reports how a polygamous Christian religious sect has been separating hundreds of teenage boys from their parents:
Many of these “Lost Boys”, some as young as 13, have simply been dumped on the side of the road in Arizona and Utah, by the leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), and told they will never see their families again or go to heaven.
The 10,000-strong FLDS, which broke away from the Mormon church in 1890 when the mainstream faith disavowed polygamy, believes a man must marry at least three women to go to heaven.
Apparently the sect is facing a shortage of women who are still available for marriage and so are removing the younger members to free some up. The sect also believes that “…black people are inferior, the offspring of Cain” and that “…America was first colonised by a lost tribe of Israelites and was visited by Jesus after his resurrection.”