Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Interesting Angle On FLDS, Warren Jeffs

This editorial in the Daily Utah Chronicle (University of Utah) hits the FLDS issue at an angle I haven't seen yet. It's definitely thought provoking. My linking to this editorial brings up another topic. The Chronicle is passed out free daily at the U and other points around SLC. But if you want to see it online, you have to register. In the meantime, if you don't want to register, just go up to the U and pick up one of the hundreds dropped on the ground each day. It makes no sense.


Blogger Charley Foster said...

The history of anti-polygamy legislation and jurisprudence is definitely a story of religious persecution. Reynold's, the 1878 case the article's author mentioned, has a great line that expressees - in fascinatingly racist terms - the revulsion the practice inspired.

"Polygamy has always been odious among the northern and western nations of Euprope, and , until the establishment of the Mormon Church, was almost exclusively a feature of the life of Asiatic and of African people." Reynolds, 98 U.S. 145 (1878).

4/06/2005 04:51:00 PM  
Blogger Dr. Tufte said...

I tend to agree that polygamists are unfairly persecuted on the basis of religion.

However, there is a lot of hearsay about certain types of crimes within this community.

Any evidence that those crimes are systematic are supported by the institutional structure of the FLDS faith is probably grounds for shutting the whole thing down as an organized crime racket.

Is there enough evidence to support that? I'm not sure. But, I suspect that Utah and Arizona aren't trying very hard to find out.

4/06/2005 06:23:00 PM  
Blogger Charley Foster said...

The tough call is whether the social ills are part and parcel with polygamy, or whether they are incidental to it. The folks at Tapestry hold that it is part and parcel. There are others, though, who have grown up in polygamist families who claim to have had happy family lives. If it's not part and parcel then I say vigorously attack the social ills, but the lifestyle might in this day and age enjoy constitutional protection.

4/08/2005 04:15:00 PM  
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4/08/2005 04:15:00 PM  

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