Apr 15, 2008

Scrubs of bush and twists of mesquite

There's something terrible and truly alien about the Texas prairie landscape.

The long shot of a 1,700-acre polygamist cult's commune, shown repeatedly on CNN, shows this. The long sight-lines are filled with dust roads wiggling over the uneven land, and scrubs of bush and twists of mesquite gnarling under the heat, hiding deadly snakes. It's the kind of country that can kill cows, drive men more mad, and make the scent of shade, and a glimpse of water, seem like the secrets of heaven.

As women and children in calico clothes and old fashioned hair were escorted away from land of the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints in Southwest Texas, I thought of other Texas communes and other April raids on Christian cults. The scene is so alien, so strange and so familiar.

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Yearning for Zion