Katie: Escaping Westboro Baptist Church & FLDS Polygamist Lifestyle


Katie: Escaping Religion

On April 15 2013, Katie Couric goes into a controversial world with women that escaped their religions. These four women took a brave step to leave their friends and families to pursue a different path. They tell Katie on April 15 what it’s like to be controlled by faith. First, two women describe their escape from the FLDS compound. Then, a woman tells Katie about growing up in an uber-conservative community. Plus, meet a woman that left the infamous Westboro Baptist Church.

Katie: Inside the FLDS Compound

Katie: Escaping Westboro Baptist Church & FLDS Polygamist Lifestyle

On April 15 2013, Katie talks to four women that escaped their controversial churches and religions.


The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not have the best reputation in today’s world. To be absolutely clear, The Sister Wives are not this community. The FLDS is a polygamous group that is lead, from prison, by Warren Jeffs. Jeffs took away basic human rights and violated children.

The women of the FLDS cover themselves up from neck to ankle. They are forced to marry men as young teens and spend their lives being servants to the community and their husbands. The cycle is repeated with their children. On April 15 Ruby Jessop tells the story of escaping the FLDS compound and what she had to do in her life there. Ruby brings with her another woman who is speaking out for the first time about growing up in the FLDS church.

Katie: Growing Up Conservative

When you think about conservative, what comes to mind? Modest dress, reserved nature and religious are just a few things. On April 15, Katie talks to a woman that grew up in an ultra-conservative community. She says that she was abandoned at age 16 for not following the community’s rules.


Katie: Westboro Baptist Church

The Westboro Baptist Church is another church that Katie examines in this episode. Looking at their website is not a wise decision. It’s full of statistics of how many have died in the war and why it’s a good thing that people are killed and commit suicide. They quote Leviticus 20:23 as to why being gay is a sin and it’s okay for them to judge:

“You must not live according to the customs of the nations I am going to drive out before you. Because they did all these things, I abhorred them.”

But this is not the place for religious debate and Katie on April 15 is. A woman that was once a member of the controversial church tells us why she broke away.


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