Since I saw the previews on the Sister Wives show of the panel discussion that took place in Las Vegas I thought I should write a post about what I remember of it.
This false prophet even got other people to help him, including the woman she thought was her primary “sister wife,” and they put her through hell. She ended up not only being scammed, but raped, beaten, robbed, and psychologically tortured. He justified her anguish as her needing to be tested like Job in order to merit eternal life and be worthy of being with her children throughout eternity. When she could bear no more and was ready to kill herself, one of her male exploiters revealed that it was all fraud, none in the group were actually believers, and she was being taken advantage of in the worst way possible. Even the main “sister wife” that was involved in this horrific deception of Christine Marie portrayed herself as a believer when she was actually an atheist. This experience motivated Christine Marie to start Voices for Dignity as an advocate for survivors of polygamy and human trafficking.
Kristyn Decker's father - Prophet Owen A. Allred.
her and Christine are 2nd cousins by birth and Christine's grandmother married the Prophet which makes Kristyn her aunt by marriage.
The Browns are like any average American family. If every family consisted of four wives and 17 children, that is.
The Browns are polygamists living in Las Vegas, trying to paint a modern picture of plural marriage. In an attempt to denounce the negative stereotypes of polygamy, from sexual abuse to forced marriage, the Browns have put their every move on camera.
The stars of TLC’s Sister Wives, a reality television show centered around the Brown family, joined UNLV April 25 for a panel discussion. A crowd gathered in Marjorie Barrick Museum, curious to draw the curtain back from the life of the polygamous.
“The great thing about [polygamy] is that it was our choice,” said patriarch Kody Brown. He held his position during the panel in the center of his four wives — Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn. Each time he spoke they looked at him in admiration.
The women were dressed in contemporary attire — high heels, black skirts and slacks and brightly colored tops. Their hair was blown out, their faces made-up and no bonnet in sight.
A member of the crowd stood up and asked if the women were looking to Kody Brown for permission before they spoke.
Meri Brown heatedly grabbed the microphone and said she looks at her husband because she loves him and when she wants to speak she will. The audience applauded.
Christine Brown’s aunt, Kollene Star, Kristen Decker and Willie Steed sat opposite the Kody Brown family, all three from polygamous backgrounds which they had abandoned.
“I didn’t want to share my husband,” Decker said.
Raised in a polygamous family herself, she felt she had to stay in her own marriage because of her religion.
“I was told that if I didn’t support my husband in plural marriage, then I wouldn’t be able to see my children in heaven,” Decker said. “It killed me when my husband left for his honeymoon with his new wife … I was thinking suicidal [thoughts] when I heard about the details of their honeymoon.”
Meri Brown, Kody Brown’s first wife, faced Decker and assured her that they wouldn’t be doing this if they didn’t believe in it.