250 supporters of polygamy showed up at the Salt Lake City City Hall to protest the fact that they cannot practice their religion as they please— to allow the men in their religion to marry multiple women.
“Because of our beliefs, many of our people have been incarcerated and had their basic human rights stripped of them, namely life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” said a 19-year-old identified only as Tyler. “I didn’t come here today to ask for your permission to live my beliefs. I shouldn’t have to.”
Polygamy is banned in the Utah Constitution and is a felony offense. The rally was unusual because those who practice polygamy typically try to live under the radar.
In a recent wave of support for polygamy, this is an understandable development. I believe it was Dateline NBC that went into Utah on a couple of different segements. One followed a woman that escaped an arranged marriage to a man who took another wife. She eventually went back to him, even though he did not say he would never take another wife.
The other part of the interview focused on a house– looked more like a college– where one man had what appeared to be 20 wives. They were all over the place as far as age, looks, professions. I believe he had 75 children! They all sang the praises of polygamy such as:
- Some of the women that did not feel right at home could have a profession
- There was no divorce
- Each person’s needs were met– physically and otherwise
- There were people around them that were tied together with a common bond and with a common interest in their one man
- Their kids had multiple playmates
I find it hard to believe that they are never jealous, that they never wish they were the only wife, and that they each are cared for the same by the man. The man, on the other hand, is in a unique situation that I’m sure a lot of men dream about but probably never would realize the responsibility and the sin that’s woven into that whole relationship.
Vox Day has had some previous posts supporting polygamy based on Old Testament practices and the fact that he cannot find it condemned in Scripture outright. I think he’s wrong. I don’t believe his wife lets him practice it. 🙂
In any case, God created one woman for Adam– not three. He stated the two would become one flesh– He never said that that one flesh could be joined like the blob to make an even bigger flesh. He gave rules about being faithful to one wife and said that wives could bring you to sin (ie. Solomon). So I think it’s pretty clear.