Polygamy

Often this topic is posed to proponents of gay “marriage”. The issue is posed by people (like me) who understand that once marriage is re-defined to whatever fallen humanity wants it to mean, then in the words of Kevin Garnett, “Anything is possible!”.

People marrying their pets, their siblings, their PS3’s, why not?

ABC’s John Stossel, one of the resident libertarians over at Townhall, wrote a piece on polygamy:
How Many Wives Is Too Many?

He interviews polygamists (no, they’re not Mormons) who are upset that this way of life they prefer is illegal here in the States. For example, polygamy activist Mark Henkel is quoted as saying,

Someone like a Hugh Hefner will have a successful television show with three live-in girlfriends! And that’s all OK, and he’s making great money, and that’s all fine and great entertainment. But suddenly, if that man was to marry them, then suddenly he’s a criminal. That’s insane!

Does he have a point? Now, Christians will object on Biblical grounds but Henkel has something for “religious leaders” as well,

If they’re saying that’s immoral, they’re calling the greatest heroes in the Bible … immoral! … Saying that Abraham, with his three wives, was immoral. Jacob had four wives. David had seven known named wives before Bathsheba.

Of course, Henkel is mistakenly assuming that God approved of these men’s deviation from His plan: one man, one woman.

Stossel’s column brings up several questions:

  • Why is polygamy still illegal?
  • Should it be legalized so long as it takes place between consenting adults?
  • Why doesn’t the media warm up to it as they do towards gay “marriage”?
  • Would it help if gay polygamy was thrown in?
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8 Responses to Polygamy

  1. Learning Whole Story says:

    The article says the Henkel is with TruthBearer.org that links to the top of these other sites.

    It seems they got the Biblical arguments covered too. Even the one wife issue. It’s at
    http://www.biblicalpolygamy.com

    They also got the gay polygamy thing covered too. No such thing.
    http://www.pro-polygamy.com/articles.php?news=0043

    They say that
    Anti-Polygamy is the Real ‘Slippery Slope’
    that led to gay ‘marriage’
    http://www.pro-polygamy.com/articles.php?news=0016

  2. kimita says:

    I’m waiting for the conversations to turn to incest…it’ll happen eventually, right?? Reminds me of another time period…

    “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25

  3. KW says:

    this week at family camp we touched on this topic in our morning bible study. we were talking about abraham and the practice of taking another woman to have kids when your wife could not. this was a pagan custom that God tolerated. the class reminded me that many that came into abrahams household brought their family gods with them and abraham, in his younger days, may have even worship these idols himself.

    it seems obvious, but as i listened it was like hearing for the 1st time. god allowed things as man grew in knowledge of him. this is called Grace.

    kw

  4. Chris says:

    Hey, just wanted to say cheers!
    I’m a left-leaning guy myself, looking for a right-leaning blog to broaden my horizons, and I really like what I’ve read on here so far; your commentary on the Unitarian shooting was especially insightful, and it’s great to hear the conservative/Christian side of things without the vitriol that is so often slung from both sides.
    In short, I’m happy to subscribe to your feed. Keep up the great work!

  5. Laz says:

    Chris,
    Thank you for your readership and your kind words.

  6. Smam says:

    “Of course, Henkel is mistakenly assuming that God approved of these men’s deviation from His plan: one man, one woman.”

    What if there’s no god?

    Why would polygamists be christians?

  7. Laz says:

    Smam, you doth assume too much

  8. Smam says:

    I also read the website too quickly.. Didn’t realised christianism was the main theme of the website.

    I don’t believe in any religion at all. Maybe that’ll be interesting to have a chat about that one day (I m not sure the commentary box is the right place to do so).

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