|Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints|
gather around a portrait of church patriarch Warren Jeffs
in this still from Amy Berg’s documentary Prophet’s Prey.
Since many of the estimated 10,000 FLDS members grew up within the church, helping them get out—apparently one of the missions of the film—is not a matter of deprogramming the brainwashed faithful. There is no prior emotional or psychological blueprint to which they might revert. Instead, Jeffs’ disciples are following a technically rational course of living that happens to flow from a first principle that others consider crazy: Their leader is a prophet with a direct line to God and the imminent ability to destroy them all.No Republican joke this time.