Dear 100 Hour Board,
I'd never realized the similarities between the FLDS church and LDS church but after watching the new show Breaking The Faith, you could say I'm a little perturbed. Has anyone seen this show? What is the history behind the similarities seen in the two churches?
Dear Father Octavian,
From Wikipedia's article on the FLDS, we get this:
The FLDS Church emerged in the early twentieth century when its founding members left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The split occurred largely because of the LDS Church's suspension of the practice of polygamy and its decision to excommunicate its members who would continue the practice
All of those similarities between the LDS Church and the FLDS Church is because the FLDS Church broke off of the LDS Church.
I turned on the TV the other day and Breaking the Faith was on. Somewhat intrigued, I decided to watch the rest of the episode. At the end, I was mostly super creeped out by how brainwashed those girls seem to be and convinced that Warren Jeffs is a terrible, disgusting person. The way those girls have been manipulated sickens me, especially when they're convinced that "the Priesthood" is a valid reason for underage marriage and rape.
Despite all the true aspects of the show, I realize that TV producers like to DRAMATIZE their dramas (and TLC is a pretty bad offender on this point). The way those people are portrayed on TV is probably not exactly how they act when there aren't cameras around. Also, although the people in the show are actual former FLDS members, they left the religion a few years ago. The things you're seeing on the show are scripted, so take everything you watch with a grain of salt.