Prisoners all over California continue a hunger strike despite nearing death; “Sister Wives” reality TV show stars fight the anti-polygamy law; and economists have resorted to capital bribery to resuscitate the American job market. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints got their sacred undergarments in a twist about an upcoming episode of “Big Love” in which secret religious practices and spaces are depicted. HBO has apologized, but, as Salt Lake Tribune columnist Vince Horiuchi wonders, will all this hubbub just serve to draw more attention to Sunday’s installment of the series?
Warren Jeffs, a polygamist prophet, is on trial for aiding in the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl he married off to her cousin. It’s a sad story featuring an abhorrent man, but something about the case just doesn’t feel right to Ellen Goodman.
A group of Utah teens rallied in Salt Lake City over the weekend in defense of polygamist families. “I didn’t come here today to ask for your permission to live my beliefs,” a 19-year-old told the AP. “I shouldn’t have to.”