In the immortal words of Wild West outlaw “Curly” Bill Brocius:
That’s what newly-elected Mayor Donia Jessop had to say to the eleven men who suddenly resigned from their positions in the government of Hildale, Utah, a city on the border of the Beehive State and the home of the cattle-rustlin’ Cowboy mentioned above.
Chief among these once-powerful men’s complaints, according to KSL.com, was an inability to abide working for a woman or among “apostates” — those not affiliated with the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — after Jessop and three other non-Mormons were elected in November, marking the first time in the town’s century-old history that non-members served in the local government.
Hildale is so close to Arizona, in fact, that it shares government employees with the cross-border town of Colorado City.
But quite apart from the fact that non-Mormons have taken city seats for the first time ever is the fact that Jessop is the very first woman elected Mayor of the town, which is what prompted at least one employee to claim that his religious beliefs prevented him from “following a woman,” a most severe transgression in almost every fundamentalist religion.
The FLDS is still headed by Pastor Warren Jeffs, the notorious polygamist who held the children of his congregation prisoner in a compound in Eldorado, Texas. He has been forced to lead his flock from prison after his conviction for child sexual assault 7 years ago.
Jeffs may not have much to say about the democracy of Hildale — as evidenced by the fact that its citizens elevated a woman to the city’s highest position — but clearly his influence is felt among the males of Hildale, who don’t seem to mind their “real” leader serving a life sentence plus 20 years for molesting little kids that church members entrusted into his care.
Maybe it’s the Wild West after all for these Cowboys.
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