First witness: Dr John Walsh. Credentials include PHD in religious studies, but will only talk about the history of church in general.
*Historically, the only use of the bed in a temple is for temple worship itself. The worshop lasts a couple hours so all temples will have a place where someone can lie down. To my knowledge there has never been any sexual activity in a morman temple.
*Family practices of FLDs vary from family to family. This comes from reading hundreds of books and personal interviews.
*Walsh has NOT been able to intv children at coliseum *Walsh has 18 yrs of experience studying this religion.
*Walsh says family of FLDS will be centered around the husband who have one or more wives formal or informal arrangements.
*They have less knowledge about education but follow home schooling program *Does this religion practice child marriages? Walsh: I don't believe so
*Walsh says they expel people who engage in sex who are not married. Those who are married have some wifes under age 18. It's an Individual choice.
*The community is into match making. But girls are not expelled if they decide not to marry who the community thinks they should marry.
*The leader of sect now is STILL Warren Jeffs, now in jail
*The record shows...Under Jeffs...under age marriages have taken place. There is a record of 20 women who have engaged in sexual contact under the age of 17
*Walsh says this is not a common practice in his opinion...
*If there is a pattern of underage marriage and underage births that is a stray from normal conditions for this religion.
*Walsh says as children age...the marriage negotiation process starts between children, parents and the leaders
*There might be an agreement saying this child can marry at 16 but her sister has to wait until she is 18. Some negotations start when child starts puberty.
*The lawyers representing the ORANGE group, representing teen age mothers, now starts to ask Dr Walsh questions
*Walsh says you cannot treat all FLDS groups the same.
*FLDS will always recognize ONE prophet but how many Catholics pay attention to the pope? Some do, some don't. Some pay more attn to Jeffs, some don't.
*Walsh has seen cases when FLDS can be deceptive. In this case they feel threatened. FLDS have taught their children who their mom is and who their dad is...but they are taught NOT to identify their parents because law enforcement might take them away....
*Historically walsh re-confirms they only use of bed in a temple is for temple worship itself. The worshop lasts a couple hours so all temples will have a place where someone can lie down. To my knowledge there has never been any sexual activity in a morman temple.
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
Questions or comments? Send an email
Want to know more? Go behind the scenes with