Mormons have spent almost 200 years practising how to pick themselves up and dust themselves off, writes Thalia Holmes.
Fred Karger will certainly not win the Republican nomination, but he has made history as the first openly gay candidate to run in the race.
Authorities removed more than 180 women and children from the Texas compound of a polygamist sect on Saturday evening after receiving reports of "sexual and physical abuse". The 10 000-member Mormon group is led by Warren Jeffs, who was convicted in Utah last year on two counts of accomplice to rape.
United States authorities removed 52 girls from a polygamous sect's compound in western Texas on Friday, and questioned the remaining members of the breakaway Mormon church, officials said. Those removed were aged from six months to 17 years old, according to the Child Protective Services in Schleicher County.
The leader of a breakaway polygamous sect of Mormons was on Tuesday convicted of abetting in the rape of a 14-year-old girl who was forcibly married off to a cousin. Warren Jeffs (51) is the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and revered by his followers as God's prophet.