Daphne Bramham: Women at risk as jailed pedophile prophet aims for FLDS revival
The pedophile prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-day Saints recently had a revelation that people he’d expelled should repent, be re-baptized and recommit to obeying his revelations.
James Oler has answered the call. He’s the former bishop of the Canadian FLDS outpost in Bountiful, B.C., and like the prophet, Warren Jeffs, Oler is a convicted criminal.
The fundamentalists fell out from the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after it published the 1890 Manifesto that suspended the earthly practice of polygamy around the same time that Canada and the United States first passed legislation that outlawed the practice.
Oler spent a year in jail and 18 months on probation after his 2019 conviction for taking his 15-year-old daughter to the United States for a religious marriage to an older man. He was also convicted in 2018 on one count of polygamy for his so-called “celestial marriages” to five women (including one who was 15) and sentenced to three months of house arrest.