so, this is a big thing right now in BC, with a huge trial about whether or not polygamy should be legal or not and stuff like that.
throughout the trial, what I've read leads me to believe they are trying to make polygamy illegal due to everything other than polygamy itself.
for example, here's one of the latest headlines:
a man essentially sold off two of his daughters to be married off to a man in Utah, who was quadruple their age.
wow, okay, that gets everyone completely riled up and obviously that's horrible, so polygamy should be banned for sure! except polygamy wasn't the problem here.
would it have been any better if the man sold only one
of his daughters off for marriage and the "husband" didn't have any other wives? I don't think so.
Will banning polygamy stop this sort of child prostitution? No.
Will banning polygamy prevent parents from brainwashing their children to think they are only good for being married off to someone they have no choice over? No.
And look at the flipside. If you did manage to ban those two this above, would it stop polygamy? No. Some people have "open" relationships because they knowingly choose to, as consenting adults. From what I can tell, the papers are just shouting "Polygamy!" to get people riled up and interested while they're passing a useless law that doesn't address any of the real problems.
edited 20th Feb '11 4:31:37 PM by willyolio
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