A group of representatives from the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints went on Today this morning to answer some of Meredith Vieira's questions about polygamy, child abuse, and poofy hairstyles, except they didn't actually give many answers, evading Vieira's queries with skill of a veteran politician. When asked if they think having sex with a 13-year-old girl is child abuse, one of the men answered, "I would never do such a thing," effectively skirting the question. (FDLS leader, Warren Jeffs, was jailed for coercing a 14-year-old to marry her 19-year-old cousin.) The saddest part, though, was the total lack of affect in the womens' faces when they talked about their children being taken away. "We know they are in desperate need of their mothers. Right now," one of the wives said, her face utterly void of emotion. Clip above.

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@Brigit: Exactly. At some point, the cycle has to be broken. Either these mothers suffer the pain of separation and change or their daughters will perpetuate this life on their own daughters — and sons who are abused by being turned into patriarchal asses themselves or discarded with no skills or support.

Being too pitying to mothers who participate and support the lifestyle that leads to their own and their children's abuse and stunted lives is to just let it go on.

There's no way to stop this and not hurt some people. But there's no way to let it go on without the same consequence.