This will be the last post from Monday night’s amazing turn in the YFZ Raid saga. That night, about twenty women from this extremely private group told their stories to members of the media.
Some of the women on the balcony came down to talk and some didn’t. So I can’t say that every one of these women had their children taken into state’s custody. But you can tell from the visible emotion that all were affected by the day’s events.
A photographer said to me that he thought some of tonight’s drama was “acting.” My opinion was that the women’s emotion was very genuine, and the stories they told seemed honest and heartfelt. That was my perception from being there. These are people who aren’t exposed to modern media, so coaching them on what to say in the short time before we got there would have been very difficult. Further, any mother who had been separated from her children is going to be heartbroken. That’s human nature.
There has also been a lot of chatter out there about the motives of these women in deciding to talk. But don’t forget that the battle for public opinion has been going on since the raid began on April 4th. Government agencies have been holding press conferences on a daily basis without anyone questioning their motives in releasing bits of information to support their version of events. Child Protective Services has one of the best communications experts I’ve ever seen in Marleigh Meisner. Hearing the voices of the FLDS women can only help to inform your opinion, no matter which side your opinion leans toward.