God's Brothel: The Extortion of Sex for Salvation in Contemporary Mormon and Christian Fundamentalis
"I know girls as young as 12 years old who have been forced to marry their stepfathers," Laura Chapman states in God?s Brothel.
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For the first time, the stories of Laura and 17 other former
polygamist wives are being told in book form. Unique among
books on this topic, Godâ€™s Brothel presents accounts from 10
of the 11 major Mormon polygamist sects and several
independent families. This thorough coverage reveals
patterns of physical, sexual and emotional abuse common to
In addition to the womenâ€™s stories, Godâ€™s Brothel presents a
fascinating discussion of polygamyâ€™s history in America.
Moore-Emmett recounts the prosecution of polygamists and
current freedom of religion arguments used to justify its
practice. She also provides a coherent breakdown of the
major contemporary polygamist groups and places U.S.
polygamy in a world context. This background information
greatly clarifies much of the confusion surrounding this
Far from affecting only Utah, Mormon and Christian
fundamentalist polygamist groups are found in 30 U.S.
states, Mexico, and Canada. Conservative estimates place
those living in polygamy in North America at 50,000 to
100,000 and growing. Recently, members of Utahâ€™s
Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(FLDS) moved to Texas to escape prosecution after first
telling local officials that they were opening a hunting
lodge. This event represents just one instance of polygamyâ€™s
spread across the country, a spread that could bring Godâ€™s
Brothel to a neighborhood near you.
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