Mormon Sickness

By Bill Maher 

Forget Sharia law -- the United States Justice Department is finally doing something about a religious threat that actually exists in this country: radical Mormonism.  

There are two little towns on the border of Utah and Arizona, called Hildale and Colorado City respectively, and they are both made up almost entirely of people from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. If that sounds familiar, that's the polygamous Mormon-offshoot sect of that creep Warren Jeffs, who is spending the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of basically claiming and raping dozens of child brides in Texas -- which almost assuredly will dampen his chances to be Mitt Romney's running mate.

Anyway, the Justice Department is suing these two towns, claiming that Jeffs still runs them from behind bars and that local, sect-member authorities and townspeople victimize and try to run off non-sect members by damaging their crops and property, denying them housing, water service and electrical power and harassing them with false arrests. I believe it's at this juncture in the film when we meet Billy Jack.

The suit states, "The cities' governments, including the Marshal's Office, have been deployed to carry out the will and dictates of FLDS leaders, particularly Warren Jeffs and the officials to whom he delegates authority… The Marshal's Office has inappropriately used its state-granted law enforcement authority to enforce the edicts of the FLDS, to the detriment of non-FLDS members."

So, it's basically Sharia law, only it's not with radicalized Muslims; it's with radicalized Mormons. Many Americans don’t make a distinction between radical Muslims and moderate Muslims -- they just kind of lump them all in together. Is it okay if I do that with the LDS and the FLDS? And if prominent moderate Muslims are supposed to denounce radical Islam, shouldn't Mitt Romney issue a statement scolding the FLDS?