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Polygamous town's mayor made a reader for his children complete with cardboard cutouts

Published March 18, 2017 1:38 pm
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Parents in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teach their children at home. Or, at least, they do until about age 13.

The FLDS parents don't teach from mainstream text books. Christine Marie Katas, who blogs from the FLDS towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., found a homemade reader that would impress the do-it-yourself crowd and even gets the local police force involved.

The reader, according to Katas, who cited a mother who gave it to her, was made by Colorado City Mayor Joseph Allred for his children. It is titled "Father's New Car."

The book starts with Allred needing a new car and making one out of cardboard. Allred and the "car" are then seen all over Hildale and Colorado City.

"Father must be careful not to go too fast in his new car, or he may get pulled over for speeding!" reads one caption on a photo of a Hildale and Colorado City marshal parked behind Allred.

Allred is seen driving up the towns' hills and cliffs, chaffering a boy, even driving the car into the kitchen for breakfast.

We only took screen grabs of two pages of the book under the legal doctrine called Fair Use. To read the whole book, click here to go to Katas' blog or go to: www.lifeinthecrick.com

The book shows the lighter side of Allred. He was an important figure in civil rights lawsuit against the two towns. In letters intercepted by law enforcement, Allred pledged to serve FLDS President Warren Jeffs through positions in local government. Allred repeatedly used his 5th Amendment right against self incrimination to refuse to answer questions during two civil trials in Phoenix, including to a question about whether he married two girls when they were underage.


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