Resolved: That the Constitution confers upon Congress sovereign powers over the Territories of the United States for their government; and that in the exercise of this power, it is both the right and the imperative duty of Congress to prohibit in the Territories those twin relics of barbarism — Polygamy, and Slavery http://www.ushistory.org/gop/convention_1856republicanplatform.htm
ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-NINE years ago Joseph Smith recorded the commandment of plural marriage as a doctrine of the LDS. In 1843 most of the world was aghast at the idea of polygamy becoming an edict of the Mormon religion. They considered it blasphemous and adulterous. The United States Government demanded Utah terminate polygamy in order to be granted statehood. The LDS presented a manifest 122 years ago meant to abolish the polygamy here on earth. In 1945 and 1953 two more grand attempts by Utah and Arizona were meant to stop polygamy and RESCUE women and children from existing abuses, and to stop young girls from becoming child-brides. However, U.S. citizens turned their backs on the 1856 republican platform, to eradicate the “twin relics of barbarism—polygamy and slavery thrive in our Western United States.
Proponents and polygamists continue to assure us that polygamy has been and is a productive and healthy way of life for eons of time. Many claim it is a commandment of God, and therefore their religious duty. Women swear to the virtues of their blind sacrifice and self-denial for the grand cause of “building God’s kingdom” with “righteous seed.” (Better than yours.) Plural wives thrive on sorrows disguised with crowning smiles plastered across their faces, and pray to withstand to their heart-aches to the bitter end, when they might attain genuine happiness and glory in Heaven.
Again in 2008, Texas’ DFS tried to RESCUE those already abused and displaced children from Warren and his zealot’s vile perversions. Again, we turned our backs to these victims. Our inherent natures already know that something—many things are just “not right – not good” about polygamy; but we, as libertarians want to live and let live. We want others to have religious freedom. But religious polygamy, has proven to violate human and civil rights; and therefore should not be legalized or decriminalized. Polygamy in United States is NO different than it is in Canada.
Down-load a copy of 2011 BCSC 1588 Reference re: Section 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada. The 357 page document out-lines the research that caused Canada to up-hold the illegality of polygamy in their country.
Yes, we could comfortably declare that some of the independent polygamists, the Apostolic United Brethren group, and a few others factions do not completely fit into all of the ills “that conclude this is essentially about harm… arising out of the practice of polygamy.” (INTRODUCTION ) However, it is very clear from this, other studies, and witness that most of these “HARMS” listed below apply to the FLDS, to many demi-God splinter groups, and are rampant among those who use their fundamental/religious beliefs as a prerogative to justify breaking the constitutional laws of the land.
Honorable Chief Justice Bauman: “Based on the most COMPREHENSIVE judicial record on the subject ever produced, I have concluded that the Attorneys General and their allied Interested Persons have demonstrated a very strong basis for a reasoned apprehension of harm to many in our society inherent in the practice of polygamy as I have defined it in these reasons.” ()
*Women are at an elevated risk of physical and psychological harm. *They face higher rates of domestic violence and abuse, including sexual abuse. *Competition for material and emotional access leads to fractious co-wife relationships. *These factors contribute to the higher rates of depressive disorders and other mental health issues that women in polygamous relationships face. *They have more children, are more likely to die in childbirth and live shorter lives than their monogamous counterparts. *They tend to have less autonomy, and report higher rates of marital dissatisfaction and lower levels of self-esteem. *They also fare worse economically, as resources may be inequitably divided or simply insufficient. ()
*Children in polygamous families face higher infant mortality… They tend to suffer more emotional, behavioral and physical problems, as well as lower educational achievement than children in monogamous families. *…rivalry and jealousy among co-wives can cause significant emotional problems for their children. *The inability for fathers to give sufficient affection and disciplinary attention to all of their children can further reduce children’s emotional security. *Children are also at enhanced risk of psychological and physical abuse and neglect. ()
*Early marriage for girls is common, frequently to significantly older men. *The resultant early sexual activity, pregnancies and childbirth have negative health and socioeconomic development for girls. *Shortened inter-birth intervals pose a heightened risk of various problems for both mother and child. ()
*The sex ratio imbalance inherent in polygamy means that young men are forced out of polygamous communities to sustain the ability of senior men to accumulate more wives. *These young men and boys often receive limited education and must navigate their way outside their communities with few life skills and social support. ()
*Another significant harm to children is their exposure to, and potential internalization of harmful gender stereotypes. ()
*Polygamy has negative impacts on society flowing from the high fertility rates, large family size and poverty associated with the practice. *It generates a class of largely poor, unmarried men who are statistically predisposed to violence (drugs, drinking,) and other anti-social behavior. *Polygamy also institutionalizes gender inequality. *Patriarchal hierarchy and authoritarian control are common features of polygamous communities. *Individuals in polygynous societies tend to have fewer civil liberties than their counterparts in societies which prohibit the practice. ()
*Polygamy’s harm to society includes the critical fact that a great many of its individuals harms are not specific to any particular religious, cultural or regional context. *They can be generalized and expected to occur wherever polygamy exists. ()
Of all these truths, I’m amazed that the Canadian Judicial did not mention the innumerable manifestations of birth defects (child abuse in my opinion) in polygamous families because of religiously justified inter-breeding. For generations, this is and has been common practice among the FLDS, the Kingston Group, The Independent polygamists; and has become more common in recent years among members of the AUB – (the group I was born into.)
My father – Owen Allred, his file leaders before him, and my polygamous believing siblings always say, “Plural marriage is not for everyone. It will damn more than it will save.” I’m sure they are right. Do you really want polygamy to be legal or decriminalized here in America?
In all truth and reality—for the best-good of everyone—what on earth would be the purpose?