Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Polygamy and Trafficking Trial Begins Today for FLDS Sect

Bountiful, British Columbia, Canada: Blackmore and Oler polygamy trial begins today in Creston, B.C. Blackmore has 24 wives.
Bountiful, B.C.
Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints leaders, 2 others charged

Four people from an isolated religious community in Bountiful, B.C., are scheduled to appear in court in Creston today to face charges relating to polygamy and moving underage girls across the Canada-U.S. border. They trafficked the girls to Warren Jeffs' FLDS sect to marry off.

Jeffs is a former president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church). In 2011, Jeffs was convicted of two felony counts of child sexual assault. He was found guilty of sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault of children in connection with a raid of the FLDS Church's YFZ Ranch in Texas, in 2008. Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years, to be served consecutively, and a $10,000 fine for sexual assault of both 12- and 15-year-old girls.
Winston Blackmore in front of a new community centre for Bountiful
Winston Kaye Blackmore, one of two men charged with polygamy, is said to have so many wives that he can't always recount their names. The indictment against him alleges he has 24.

His brother-in-law, James Marion Oler, is also charged with polygamy, for allegedly taking four wives between 1993 and 2009.

Blackmore and Oler are leaders of two factions of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS).

Oler and two others, Blackmore's son Brandon James Blackmore and his wife, Emily Ruth Crossfield, also face a charge of unlawfully removing a child under 16 from Canada with the intent that an offence of a sexual nature would be committed outside Canada.
Warren Jeffs

Those charges have a direct connection to U.S. polygamous leader Warren Jeffs, who was sentenced to life in prison for similar crimes.

This is not the first time B.C. has tried to press for polygamy convictions. However, it was only in 2011 that a B.C. Supreme Court ruled that although Canada's polygamy laws are unconstitutional, the harm of polygamy outweighs the value of religious freedom.

While I'm all for prosecuting Blackmore, I'm a little concerned about the ruling that the harm of polygamy outweighs the value of religious freedom. I expect this will soon turn into a ruling that the harm of the church's discrimination against gays, outweighs the value of religious freedom. It's a slippery slope we've started down.

Many residents of Bountiful follow the FLDS, which, unlike the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, holds polygamy as a tenet of the faith.