Banking on Heaven

Banking on HeavenPolygamy in the heartland of the American West. Banking on Heaven is the inside story of the largest polygamous enclave in the United States, written, produced, and narrated by Laurie Allen, who escaped a similar polygamous sect.

Banking on Heaven reveals what happens behind closed doors in the FLDS, including the YFZ Ranch in Texas. Banking on Heaven reveals the corruption, the legislatures failure to help, the Mormon Church's role, and the plight of innocent members of the FLDS polygamous sect.

Banking on Heaven is the deep story behind the headlines. While politicians brag about liberating the women and children of Afghanistan and Iraq, Banking on Heaven asks who is going to liberate the women and children of Colorado City, Arizona.

Directed by: Dot Reidelbach Produced, Written, Narrated by: Laurie Allen

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Ratings: 7.70/10 from 10 users.

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27 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Isabella

    Disturbing to know of such terrible control. Seems odd that the governments allow this to continue, making nonsense excuses and hollow conversation. Blatantly fishy.

    I very much like Ruth. I admire her courage, strength of mind and resilient character.

  2. HaTe_MaChInE

    Im pretty sure there was a big raid in Texas where they used DNA to prove sexual activity with minors. A few people went to jail and then all the families moved back to the ranch.

    Don't blame law enforcement for these atrocities.

    Its hard to pass a law to take a child away from their mother when all you can prove is that she goes to church every sunday and is on food stamps.

  3. John

    I can't view these on my iPad. Please update them to html5

  4. Cliff T

    That would be Apple who dislikes Flash. You'll have to deal with that for now as these vids are hosted elsewhere, they are just embedded here for convenience.

  5. Vlatko

    Thanks @Cliff T. I was just going to say that.

    I hope Adobe and Apple will find a solution soon or all the video sharing sites will have to switch to html5.

  6. Linda McGuigan

    I was very disturbed by this documentary.
    This is happening in America today what is the goverment going to do about it. The women and children being abused in the name of god, come on even the mormon's have stopped this practice. I live in Scotland and I am going to e-mail our prime minister to see if there is anything that can be done to help these women and thier children escape this narsasist living off of thier welfare stamp's in my country this is called fraud as for the F B I they must know where he is,I hope that these abused people find someone to help.

    these view's are my own

    Linda ;-(

  7. normal

    The worse part about this documentary is the fact that everyone kept calling the husbands Men..
    They are not men, If they were real men they would not treat there wives and children that way.
    And i agree that it will never stop as long as the states that they live in don't uphold the laws to protect the women and children from it.

  8. David


    Please upgrade to a usefull netbook!

  9. HY

    This documentary makes me incredibly frustrated. The men don't see anything wrong with what they are doing while the women have complete faith in the men and their bogus Prophet, believing they're the ones who have sinned and have been bad when their rights are being robbed from them.

    Shows how stupid/easily brainwashed humans can be, contrary to how intelligent we think we are. All you have to do is isolate the brain from external information and manipulation will be so simple.

    It is so frustrating because these people don't realize it and neither can they be blamed for it. And nothing concrete is being done to help.

  10. mr aloplop

    evil cowards

  11. Matt


    Why do you have an iPad? It has 1/3 the processing ability of a netbook, half the battery life, and nowhere near the memory capability.

    Plus Netbooks can do almost anything a regular computer can - it's also cheaper than an iPad.

    I don't get why people settle for lesser technology for more money. It baffles me, this Apple cult.

  12. sonny corbi

    at first my gut feeling was they need to put those men away for a long long time!! As time goes on after watching this thing i realized this is a belief system and the men as well as the woman are brain washed!!!! That's not to say these people should be forgiven for their ignorence! All religons are senthetic, WITH A SOLID FOUNDATION BUILT UPON IGNORIENCE AND FEAR!! the fact that i cast a shadow is all the verification i need. I myself have full faith in a balancing force, the moment i first felt LOVE is when i REALIZED GOD. I am not sure about this but i don't beleave that we will be allowed to stay here under false pretenses. Please forgive my speeling, i need spell check! As my oldest daughter once said, "who made webster the boss"

  13. eireannach666

    This is a prime example of how religion stews ignorance and ridiculous ideas about the role of men and women in society.

    Religion is an evil concept. All of them.

  14. Rachel

    not all religion is evil. It becomes evil when people use it in the name of their evil doings. they are the ones who give religion a bad name. but religion itself can be good. it is people who ruin it.

  15. T-Dog

    Apple owners are allowed to marry as many computers as they want. Truly an evil, evil cult. The Profit Jobs should be feared!

  16. sonny corbi

    Rachel not only do people ruin religion but they are also the ones who invent it.

  17. Lucy

    Ruth and her brother are amazing. This documentary is terrifying and yet Ruth is so resilient and inspirational.

  18. Stacey

    That was a total eye opener, I felt so bad for Ruth, she is a very strong woman. I sincerely hope that one day there will be a time when the women and children can be free from this type of thing.

  19. WiseAtheist

    Another reason why human society must abolish all religion and start living using science and reason and rationale as their guide.

    For those of you who ridicule polygamy, please first ridicule husbands who have 10 girlfriends,in secret. At least the ones who take the responsibility of marrying their girlfriends must be applauded for their courage and honesty, rather than being ridiculed. And ridicule the backward laws that prevent taking up more than one spouse, considering such an act to be criminal, while taking up dozens of girlfriends is considered ok and acceptable. Surely there is a flaw in this logic.

    For those of you who claim to be adherents of the Bible, your own prophets practiced polygamy, starting with Abraham. And rape of children and women is rampant in the "holy" book.

    There is no hope for humanity as long as we continue to follow violet ancient Bedouin religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all of whom claim Abraham to be their "father".

    Humanity needs a wake up call. Everyone should read Richard Dawkins and Chritopher Hitchens books.

  20. Vincent

    wiseatheist has a point. Every type of social organsation has had its critics, that is one way humans move on. The malcontents being catylysts for change as corruption weakens the grip of those in power.

    We need the journey not the destination.

    But we need to be going somewhere.

    Well, there is a practical, yet hopeful way. A long term jouney with short term destinations that we may get to but will not entrap us.

    Follow the road signs written by science and reason.

    Onward! Forget those philosophers endlessly babbling by the roadside: Onward! Let the light of reason guide you on the pioneering paths of science. Onward! Let romance and reason be partners, not enemies as before.

    "Brave new world!" Stretford! (through genetic engerneering not robots). Fictional nightmares that science and reason could transform into Utopian ideals. If any doubt that, that doubt could, hopefully, be lovingly and scientifically removed in the future.

    There is a lot to discuss. For example how to sublimate corruptive tendencies? So let's talk whilst we're travelling.

    Happy days are here again?

    Not quite!

    But a happy day could be on its way.

    Hail science!

    Maybe God is a scientist.

  21. goldie68

    I agree not much good has come from religion. I can't even think of one thing that probably isn't a bunch of lies , but alot of evil has!!

  22. sitara

    Americans claim to be leading the world in the War on Terror, yet in their very own back yards, hundreds upon hundreds of civilians are being terrorized into compliance to the most grueling demands and conditions by the most cruel tryants one can imagine.

  23. American Zombie

    Listen to these state officials!!! They're ten times more crooked than any polygamist group!!! I really HATE them HYPOCRITE a**holes!!!

  24. American Zombie

    This is so biased!!! Leave them alone and their wont be a Jones massacre!! You know how many BLACK women are having children for welfare??? They outnumber these polygamist fools a million fold!! I'm sick of WHITE,and BLACK trash living off of me,but I also understand that their are ppl that worked their whole life,and lost their job,cause of our crooked government.These ppl need welfare,it's the ones living down the road from me in their free houses,and free food,and free new clothes,and drive brand new cars,and dont ,and never have had a job!! Leave these ppl alone and go after the real welfare scammers!!!

  25. MagnetoWasRight

    uhhh.. and the "millions" (citation needed) of black women having children "for welfare" are a totally distinct group from ppl on welfare because they lost their jobs? And btw there are more poor whites on welfare than blacks, men and women.

  26. Tyler Gleason

    Spoken like a true m*ron with no sense of compassion American Zombie! Yeah, let's forget the fact that these people are living lives dominated by lies that are easily dis-proven at this point, right?

    From someone who grew up in a cult, I can tell you that I wish we could fight this treacherously oppressive bull****!!!

  27. GodmanEnki

    WHERE did you come up with what you say here? "More whites then blacks?" How did you come by these "facts?" Or are you simply another "judgmental hypocrite" belonging to this unnatural faith?

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