Yesterday, Winston Blackmore and James Oler, leaders of the polygamous Mormon Fundamentalist community of Bountiful, British Columbia, have finally been charged with polygamy. This has been a dirty secret of, and embarrassment to, Canada. It’s about fucking time they have been charged. They should be found guilty and thrown in jail for a long time.
They will probably claim that polygamy is necessary for their religion. In reality, in the Book of Mormon, polygamy is condemned three times, once in Ether and twice in Jacob, although strictly speaking church leadership receives new revelation from The Godhead that supersedes old revelation. I am not a Latter Day Saint, so I cannot offer theology on the following verses so much as the irony:
- Ether 10:5: And it came to pass that Riplakish did not do that which was right in the sight of the Lord, for he did have many wives and concubines, and did lay that upon men’s shoulders which was grievous to be borne; yea, he did tax them with heavy taxes; and with the taxes he did build many spacious buildings.The context of this verse is of a history of a Jaredite kingdom. Riplakish is a pretty bad guy, and is eventually driven out in a rebellion after a brutal reign of 42 years (10:8).
- Jacob 1:15:And now it came to pass that the people of Nephi, under the reign of the second king, began to grow hard in their hearts, and indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices, such as like unto David of old desiring many wives and concubines, and also Solomon, his son.The context of this verse is that some time after the death of Nephi, the Nephites began to engage in many wicked practices.
- Jacob 2:24: Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.The context of this verse is of a speech by Jacob after Nephi died containing a revelation from The Godhead. The LDS Church’s website (same link as the verse citation) summary says that polygamy was “unauthorized”.