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Should authors of polygamy-related books speak at Safety Net meetings?

Published March 27, 2012 7:19 am

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The big discussion at Safety Net today was about whether the committee should have authors speak about polygamy-related books.

Last month, the committee decided they shouldn't have writers come in and promote their work, but committee members took up the issue again Thursday for about an hour, discussing whether such a prohibition could deprive the committee of information — and whether they should bar regular attendees and speakers, like Love Times Three co-author Alina Darger, from ever mentioning their books.

How did this come up? A couple months ago, there was a suggestion that Sam Brower come in and speak about his book Prophet's Prey. The private investigator who has spent more than seven years looking into the Warren Jeffs-led Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is somewhat controversial in the polygamous community. Read his critical take on the reality show Sister Wives here.

There was some talk about changing the rules to say that authors can come in to speak about but not promote their books. In the end, though, they decided that potential speakers would screened by Safety Net coordinator Mike Leetham to discuss whether that person's talk would further the group's goals to "increase access to information, understanding and justice," as AG's office spokesman Paul Murphy put it.

Watch the webcast of the meeting here.