Professor of law speaks on Knights of the Crystal Blade doomsday group
UPDATE: Shaffer, who was charged with first-degree felony rape of a child and one second-degree felony count of child abuse, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on the first count and 1 to 15 years for the second count.
According to family members, he is one of the prophets of the Knights of the Crystal Blade what appears to be a Doomsday type religion.
“History shows that they are willing to define what you and I would define as terrible acts,” Amos Guiora, a Professor of Law at the University of Utah, said.
Monday, Schaffer was arrested after being accused of abducting two young girls in Iron County.
Prior to that this deemed religious group seemed to be unheard of. “Most of these groups live among themselves, they are not really interested in living in what we would call main stream society,” Guiora said.
He said what can be dangerous with these types of groups is when they get locked into their particular beliefs and children are often times the victims of religious extremism.
Whether or not we view it as irrational is not really important, what's important is how they perceive their particular perspective and their world view and to what ends they are willing to go to implement effectuate whatever it is that they believe in, and that's often times what makes people like this so terribly dangerous particularly when the lives of young children are clearly at stake.