Raymond Jessop: Rehabilitation?
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This is an interesting video from Mike Watkiss of 3TV in Phoenix. Notice when Watkiss asks Raymond if he is being persecuted for his religious beliefs, he turns to Deputy Sherriff George Arispe and says, “What do I say George?” To further questioning, Raymond says “No comment.”
Compare Raymond’s hesitation and humility to comments from duly authorized representative and blowhard, Willie Jessop, who stated that this verdict was an example of a “religious war they have chosen to take out on the FLDS.” By comparison, Raymond seemed contrite — maybe I’m being too optimistic, but perhaps Ray is questioning his religion and the error of following One Man into criminal activity with very serious and lengthy consequences. I do hope that Raymond uses his time in prison to come to some new conclusions about the harm caused by a patriarchal cult and a leader who deprives his followers of choice, freedom and independence. I wish Ray well, and I hope for the best for his families that he will be separated from.
As an aside — at one point in Attorney Brandon Hudson’s argument, he referred to the world outside the FLDS as “the free world.” That appears to be an acknowledgement of the lack of choice and freedom within the cult and the stark difference between freedom and bondage.