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Affidavit of Jennifer Zitting Describing Centennial Park

Affidavit of Jennifer Zitting Describing Centennial Park

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WTNESS
NO.
_
October
14,2010
No.
5-097767Vancouver
RegistryINTHE
SUPREIIE
COURT
OFBRITISH COLUMBIA
IN
THE MATTER OF:
THE
CONSTITUTIONALQUESTION
ACT,R.S.B.C.
1986,c.68
AND
IN
THE
MAfiER
OF:
THE
CANADIANCHARTER
OF
RIGHTS
AND
FREEDOMS
AND
IN
THE
MATTER
OF:
A
REFERENCE
BY
THE
LIEUTENANT
GOVERNOR
IN
COUNCILSETOUT
IN
ORDER
IN
COUNCIL
NO. 533
DATED
OCTOBER
22,
2OO9
CONCERNING
THE
CONSTITUTIONALITY OF S.
293
OF
THE
CRIMINAL CODE
OF
CANADA.
R.S.C.
1985, c. C-46
AFFIDAVIT
OF
WITNESS
NO.l, JenniferZitting,resident
of Hunicane,
UT, MAKEOATHAND SAY
AS
FOLLOWS:
1.
I havepersonalknowledgeofthe factssetout below, exceptwhere
indicated
to
be on
inbrmation
and
beliel
in
which case
lverily
believesuchfacts
to
be
true.
I
am
aware
of
theorder
ofthe
Chief
Justicemade
September
24,
2A1A
and
I
elect
to
avail myselfof
the
protectionsauthorized by that order.
I
was
notborninto
a
polygamist
family.
Igrew
up
in
the
most typical American
Familyyou
could
imagine,
a
mom,a dad,
a
brother,and
myself.
I
went to
regularpublicschools,
and
I
even
maried
my High
School
sweetheart.
Like mostyoungmarriagesthough,that
didn't
last long.Needless
to say
I
was
veryconcemedwhen
lfound
that
I
had been
dating
aman
who
was
from
a
polygamist
family,
and
a
member
of
their
church.
I
was
confused
because
he
was so
kind
tome
andmy children
that
he hardly
fit
the
fist
3.
4.
 
5.
pounding,biblequoting,tyrannicalstereotype
that
I hadbeenraised
with.
The
contusion
deepened when
I
wasbroughtto visit
his
familyfor the first
time.
His
mothers loved each other andall
the
childrenandtheyworked
as an
amazingly
.:
i..,.::
.:,.
well
coordinated
team.
In
the
10
yearsI
was
partof
this
family,
I
hadplenty
of
opportunity
to
see
that my
initial
observation
was
not
an
act
or an
isolated
incident.
His
fatherwas
a
happy man who
waswillingtoembrace
allthe
joy
lifehad
to
offer.
Even
though
his childrengrewup
tochoose
many
different
refigious
belieb from
Fundamental
Mormonism
to
Catholicismand
the
LDSChurch,
each
child
was
loved
and
aecepted
andallwere
included
in
every family
activity.
In
seeingthis,
the
stereotypethat
those
whoopposetheir
church
leadersare cut
off
fromtheir
families
also
fell,
andmyconfusiongrew.
The more
attached
to thisman
I
wasdating
that
I
became,themore
I
wanted
to
understand
the
futh
of
his
religion.I
readbooks
that
Ifound
atthe
bookstore,but they
weremerely
historical
accounts
of
the
past.
I
took thingsa
step further,
my
mother
was
a
staff
member
at
the
University
of
Utah.
One
day
I
usedherstaff
card
to
goto
the
University
Library.
There,
I
foundseveral
Doc'toral
Theses
in
Sociology
and
Anthropology
that
hadbeen
produced
by
graduate
students
whohadlived
in
differcntpolygamist
communities.
One of
the
most
interesting
things
lfound
from
these
papers
is
that
women
actuallyhavean amazing
amountofautonomy
in
these
communities.
Officially
these
corqmunities
are
patriarchdl,
but
in
thehealth
and
well
being of
the communities,
it
is
the
women
who takethe
lead.
By
thetimea
man
finds out that someone
in
the communityhas
a
need,
it
has
usually alreadybeen
filledby womenin
the
community
who
have
alreadygotten
together and
provided
for
them.
Eventually,
I
maniedmy boyfriend,
and
we
moved
to a
polygamistcommunity,and
time
andagain,
the
phenornenon
that
I
read
in
that thesiswas demonstrated
to
me.
:
In
addition,
while living
in
a
polygamistcommunily,
I
met
women
who
had
the
freedom
to
pursuehighpowered
careers.
Manywomen inthecommunity
held
masters
degrees
in
teachingend
special
education.
Quite
a
fewwomen
had
nursing degrees,
the
nurse
practitioner
who
ran
the
clinicwas
a
woman,
and
6.
 
7.
-3-there
was
even
a
female
lawyer.
Even
the
women
who
stayed
homeaccomplished
feats
that
would amaze
the
average
woman.
I
knowone
who
raised
24
children,
and
did
it
well.
I
have
noticed
that
these
women
have
a*
'tnatt
moiiog"rou""wivesdonit
nate'
b"""ur""'ffiey'are not
100%responsible
forthe
care andfeedingof
their husbands.
Some of the
womendon'ttakeadvantage
ofthat
freedom, butotherc
of
themtake
ftat
opportunity and
run
with
it.
Inliving in
a
polygamistcommunity,
I
myselfleamed several important life
skills
that
have made
it
possible
to
accomplish
things
that
I
wouldn'thave
thought
possible
for
me
before.
In
trying
to
blend
my
childrenfrom
a
previousmaniage
with
my
husband's children
ftom
his
previousmarriage,
I
adopted
the
teaching
that
all
childrenare
thefamily
children,and
whileyoumay not be
able
to
helpfeeling
differently
about
them,
it
is
neverokay
to treatthem
differently.
My
familyendedup blending
so
well, that even
as
they
have
grown,they
still
think
ofeachother
as
brothersand
sisters.
When
another
woman
in
the
community
that
I
haddifficulties
with came
overto
takecareofme after
I had
a
baby
and
myhusband
couldn'tbe
there,
I
learned
fie
value
of
putting yourfeelingsaside
and
helping
those
in
need.
This
example made
it
possible
for
me
to
heal many
fracturedrelationships
in
my orvn
life.
I
ended
up
divorcing my
husband,
but
it
wasforthings
that
hadnothingtodo wi$r
church
teachings.
Still,
when
I
left,
my
husband
and
I
divided
our
assets
amicably,
and we even
managed
to
run
our
company together
for3
yearsaftenrvards.
In
addition,
hisfamilystill
accepts
me
at
family
gatheringsand
treats
me
r,rellwithout
everpressuring
me
to
gobackto
the
religion.
9.
In my currentlife,
I
am single and Idon'thaveanyone
to
answer
to.
Like
many
singlemothers,
I
have
to
wakeup
at
5:00
wery
morning
to
get
5
kids
dressed
and
fed
and
ready
for
school.
Breakfast
is
usually whatever
is
fast
that
we
can
eat
in
thecar, and
by
the
time
I
drop
the
kids off at school, they arepumped
up
froma moming of beingrushedaround,andI'm t"e.zzled.
At
thesametime,
my

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