Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Another Item From The List of Things I Don't Understand

Okay, I understand wanting to be married. I am married and I rather enjoy the concept as well as the relationship.

What I don't understand is people with multiple wives. (I include in this men who have one or more 'women on the side') I have a hell of a time keeping only one person happy. I can't imagine trying to keep 2 or 3 (or more) people happy.

Now, in the story that is linked below a judge in Utah has 3 wives. Aside from the fact that it is a violation of Utah's bigamy laws, and a tenent of the 'Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints' (and those are really both big issues) why would any man want more than one wife?

CNN Link

Now I also think it is odd that a member of the state judiciary is violating state (and Federal) law. The state law was put in to place as a condition of statehood, which makes me wonder how the Church of Latter-Day Saints hasn't raised a Constitutional outcry since statehood was granted. As a tenent of the religion from it's founding, I have a problem with the idea of it being against the law. (And also of the religion itself to reflect a non-religious governments demands. It isn't like the US had a state religion that was officially offended by that tenent of Mormonism.)

Hopefully someone can give me an idea as to why a man would want to have more than one wife/girlfriend/etc.

(And to avoid mention of my oversight, I realize my own ancestors practice palygamist marriage practices early on, but it was abandoned early on.)

Stumbled onto your blog...not sure I understand your question, but here is what I understand.

First, there is a BIG difference between the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints, and the actual Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There are several groups out there who have defected from the real Church, especially in Utah. And unfortunately, most of them practice polygamy.

I don't understand wanting more than one wife, either. But then...I don't understand alot of things that cultish radical groups do.

What I do understand is the polygamy IS illegal, and is forbidden in the actual Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints...

And members of the Church who choose to practice it will find themselves excommunicated and forming little radical groups, mimicking the actual Church, and giving it a bad name.

It's not my place to judge them...
But I just wanted to make sure that you aren't judging all Latter-Day Saints based on the minority of weird-os out there.

You have a nice blog here. Keep up the good work!

P.S. The word is that that reason polygamists in the United States usually get away with it, is because if they were to arrest and detain all the men and women who are involved, our jails could not hold them all.

There are organizations here in Salt Lake City that assist women in getting out of polygamist situations (which are usually abusive situations), and giving then a second chance at life. The majority of them became polygamist wives while still underage, and had no say in the matter.

I am not confusing a Fundamentalist cult offspring of the mainstream Mormon Church any more than I would a cultish off spring of Christianity, say the Branch Dividians, of being mainstream Christianity, or the the same for any other religion.

I really don't know that much about Mormonism, but have reads parts of the book of Mormon.

What I am really questioning in the
post is the concept of multiple relationships.

I actually have a number of other issues with poligamistic activities. The other issue I raised, as it occured to me as I was writing the post, was the legitimacy of forcing the a religious organization to change it's practices,which is constitutionally protected, in order to be part of the Federal Union.
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