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Created by Lee Roy Kunz and Katherine Montgomery

Apostate

Apostate

a·pos·tate  əˈpäˌstāt,  əˈpästət

 

Noun

a person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle.

Adjective

abandoning a religious or political belief or principle.

Eliza disappears while doing a student project on young men that have been kicked out of a Fundamentalist sect of the Mormon Church. Her older sister Ivy and estranged ex-husband, Noah, travel to the small polygamous town of Colorado City Utah, to try and find her. They butt heads with a Mormon female detective from Salt Lake City that has been put on the case.

Overview

Overview

“It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief.”

Nephi: 4:13

(The Book of Mormon)

“Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief.”

 Nephi: 4:13 

(The Book of Mormon)

“Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief.”

 Nephi: 4:13 

(The Book of Mormon)

Setting

Season One will focus on Colorado City, Arizona. An isolated town framed by the red rock cliffs of the Grand Canyon was founded in 1913 by a breakaway extremist group from the Mormon Church.  For generations, the FLDS leadership has had total control over this desert outpost, selecting the mayors, the city council and even the town marshals without any problems. But in recent years, the DOJ has been investigating allegations that the two towns have been violating residents' civil rights, allowing the church to use public officials to run members who left the faith – "apostates" in FLDS parlance – out of town, denying utility hookups and even spying on citizens.

This membership desired a remote location where they could practice plural marriage, which had been publicly abandoned by the Mormon Church in 1890 when they needed to to apply for statehood in the United States. Their church prophet speaks directly to God and communicates God’s will. Today, God wills it that no one in the FLDS will indulge in technology, games, or pets. Church surveillance is heavy, and there’s a strong division--even opposition--between the faithful and the unfaithful. Apostates and informants often wake to find slaughtered animals hanging from their porches as threats and warnings. The town’s government structures--long run and controlled by the FLDS--are known to be guilty of discrimination in housing, water supply, and police. Its total known population is about 8000 residents, mostly FLDS, making it the largest polygamist enclave in the U.S. However, apostates and local mining families have questions about why they’ve applied for yet another well.....

America’s Most Wanted Bed & breakfast only motel within miles of the FLDS compound, former home of Warren Jeffs reclaimed by the government and resold to a local apostate who defected from the church.Jessop is part of a growing band of outcasts numbering in the hundreds who have refused to leave town, and the rising tension between the faithful and these exiles has pushed Short Creek to the brink of civil war. Former church members claim they have been driven off the road, seen FLDS children peeing on their lawns and found dead animals with their throats slit left on their porches.” - Rolling Stone

 

“Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief.”

 Nephi: 4:13 

(The Book of Mormon)

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