Polygamy charges have finally been laid against Mormon fundamentalists from Bountiful. And if you read the article you’ll see that these misogynist will be making the exact same arguments that socons elsewhere: that religion trumps everything. One example would be the contraception mandate cases in the US.
And yet these socons’ hypocrisy is revealed by the fact that they do not support polygamists. If they truly, truly, truly thought religion should trump everything else, they be supporting polygamists. The fact that they don’t shows that their “concerns” about religion is really just a pretext.
Additionally, that slippery slope actually isn’t. The polygamists explicitly argued that marriage equality meant they had to be allowed to marry multiple people. However, the court upheld the law against polygamy. It rejected the very argument bigots make against marriage.
As for myself, I think we give too many privileges to religion already. It ought to be illegal to oppress women, and that women’s rights ought to overrule religion every time. And therefore my opposition to polygamy follows, whether you’re a Mormon fundamentalist, radical Islamist, or any other theomisogynist.
As all rational people could reasonably foresee, the Supreme Court of British Columbia has upheld the sections of the Criminal Code of Canada that outlaw polygamy. The pith and substance of the ruling is that even though laws against polygamy infringe on the religious freedom of Mormon fundamentalists, it is a justified restriction based on a Section 1 tes
Cartoon by Barry Deutsch
Such a decision is the correct one. If polygamy were to be legalized now, almost certainly the only ones who would take advantage of the legalization would be Mormon or Muslim fundamentalists. Considering that severe negative consequences arise from the existence if these relationships, (such as how Mormon fundamentalists rape women, abuse girls, and expel “surplus boys”) it is perfectly justifiable to keep polygamy illegal.
Considering that many bigots and opponents of marriage equality explicitly argued (the fallacy of the slippery slope) that same–sex marriage would lead to polygamy, this decision proves them wrong. In other words, so much for the slippery slope.
Hopefully, this case will set a precedent regarding the harmful effects of religion on others. Frankly, women’s rights (and others) ought to take precedence over freedom of religion. Amongst the people this ought to apply to are fundamentalist Muslims, Mormon fundamentalists, the Patriarchy/Quiverfull movement, and ultra–Orthodox Jews. First of all, religion is a choice, while gender isn’t. Even if adults voluntarily chose to enter these religions, their children didn’t, and unlike them I don’t think children should suffer just because they had the misfortune of being born to nutcase parents. Furthermore, no one is preventing these people from converting to denominations that are not so blatantly misogynistic. No one is ever forced to be a gynophobic misogynist. Freedom of religion shouldn’t be the “freedom” to oppress women, especially those who aren’t part of it.
Cartoon attribution/legal stuff: Barry Deutsch / CC BY 3.0
Today, Winston Blackmore and James Oler will appear in court in Creston, British Columbia to face polygamy charges. Who is Blackmore’s lawyer? Former Liberal MLA for Nelson-Creston Blair Suffredine.
I hope that the trial progresses soon and that Oler and Blackmore are found guilty and thrown in jail for the maximum possible time. Freedom of religion does not give you the freedom to exploit and rape girls and expel boys from your community.
Your arrest is not because the government is persecuting you. It’s you whose doing the persecuting, treating women as walking wombs and baby-making machines. You are getting what you deserve.
Now eff-off and get the hell back in jail.
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: