Jul
18

The Book of the Seventh Seal

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Now who art worthy, thousands cried holy
Bound for some, Son of our God
Daughter of Zion, Judah the Lion
He redeemeth us, Jesus bought us with his blood

- Blind Willie Johnson, “John the Revelator”

These dark and terrible words filled my mind as I watched the events unfolding around the Yearning for Zion compound, where Warren Jeffs’ cult performed their filthy rituals. The shocked and horrified expressions of the hundreds of pale, sickly children as they were led towards buses by armed and armored Texas Rangers and U.S. Marshals. The 19th century clothing, dazed looks, and confusion on the faces of the cult’s women, most of whom were pregnant and married by the dozen to much older men by the time they turned 15.

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