Tuesday, October 12, 2004


This USA Today article says that "polygamy laws expose our own hypocrisy." I'd have to agree. I've had a minor interest in this issue for a while now, mostly sustained by the fact that I still can't understand the opposition to the practice. More specifically, the intensity of that opposition.

All the arguments against polygamy I've encountered are understandable although logically flawed. Mostly they focus on a variety of immoral practices (which are already illegal) engaged in by some practitioners of polygamy. However, none of those practices seem to me to be enabled by polygamous marriage itself but instead by the religious beliefs of those involved.

As near as I can tell, the vitriolic opposition of polygamy originates from religious and racial intolerance and not a rational evaluation of polygamy itself. However, I still can't understand why polygamy is often considered equally as heinous as incest or bestiality.


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