Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mormon Polygamy on Trial: the dark side of polygamy

More information about the dark side of Mormon polygamy - at least as practiced by the FLDS - has come to light in the BC legal system. New evidence from the Eldorado, Texas compound has revealed that fathers of 12 and 13 year-old girls drove them to Texas and delivered them as brides to FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs. This raises two very disturbing questions. Why would the 49 year-old Warren Jeffs want to marry 12 and 13 year-old girls? and What parent in their right mind would subject their daughters to this type of abuse?

While this sort of behaviour is not typical of the fundamentalist Mormon movement, it certainly receives the most attention. Probably justifiably so. Whether this new evidence will enter the constitutional reference hearing is still open for debate. It is another open question as to how this would impact the decisions around the general application of Section 293 which outlaws any polygamous relationships (polygyny and polyandry) that may exist - even among consenting adults.

Girls married to U.S. polygamist: docs - British Columbia - CBC News

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