So, during downtime at work, we’re pretty restricted on what we’re allowed to do. One of the things we CAN do is read the local papers. Which sort of suck, but they’re better than nothing, and I’m getting pretty good at the crossword puzzles.
Anyway, so because of this, I’m much more up to date on (the usually boring) current events, like the current issues with polygamy in Bountiful, and currently the concept of whether or not polygamy is constitutional is being debated. The latest addition is evidence that young girls were smuggled across the border to marry polygamists in the US.
I admit, I haven’t read a TON about it, but I simply can’t understand why this is an issue for polygamy, and not an issue for say, child abuse, human trafficking, slavery, and sexual abuse.
The articles usually say something like this:
Parties in favour of scrapping the polygamy law argued at trial that those laws were sufficient to deal with the problem.
“This evidence and the picture it paints demonstrates really eloquently why that just isn’t so,” said Jones.
…no, it means that what we have in place to prevent child abuse, human trafficking, slavery & sexual abuse are NOT sufficient. Not that we need to prosecute for polygamy too.
Confession: I’m not a fan of polygamy, personally. I know full well it doesn’t work for me, but if other people want to have consensual, adult polygamous relationships, who am I to judge? Yes, clearly I have a HUGE issue with elderly men marrying multiple 13 yr old girls. I also have a problem with elderly men marrying ONE 13 yr old girl. This isn’t about polygamy, it’s about pedophilia.
What am I missing? Because I honestly don’t get the debate about polygamy in this case. Shouldn’t they be working on, say, stopping child abuse and giving the women of Bountiful options & education so they can choose to leave, not just banning polygamy in general? I’m so confused.