My only objection is if the govt chooses to hand out more benefits, rights, privileges, etc per partner. Because THEN it is not equitable.
Altho I dont believe the govt should be involved at all but that's just not realistic at this point.
I dont understand why people are so concerned about what 'other' people do that really doesnt affect them.
Run your own nation, play Cybernations."Conservatism is the blind and fear-filled worship of dead radicals."
- Mark Twain
Basicly right now you are assuming that the earth is flat based upon casual observation and conjecture. Do you have any evidence to support the "possibilities" you presented, outside of the FLDS compounds where we already know they are abusing the system, for poly families here in the US? Let's leave out the rest of the world for the moment.
You didn't want to talk about other countries in regard to this post but I think it is important to point out that this is common practice in many places where polygamists reside. The UK has had several stories recently about how the citizens are being bilked for welfare from practicing Muslim polygamists. Canada not too long ago was reporting about the same thing. A google search I'm sure will verify all this.
I had set aside the other countries and especially the Mid-East Muslims aside beause those Muslims are no better than the FLDS in their view of women. However, the issues stem of the poor view of women that they have and not from polygamy in and of itself.You didn't want to talk about other countries in regard to this post but I think it is important to point out that this is common practice in many places where polygamists reside. The UK has had several stories recently about how the citizens are being bilked for welfare from practicing Muslim polygamists. Canada not too long ago was reporting about the same thing. A google search I'm sure will verify all this.
I did know Catholic families when I was growing up who had up to 15 kids with just two parents; however, as far as I know they didn't use welfare (I could be wrong, I was a kid, what did I know?)
But the Mormon fundamentalists have definitely put a bad twist on polygamy - with their abuses of women, their marrying off of young girls to old men, their use of welfare to finance their lifestyle, control of their communities, etc.
Polyamory with consenting adults doesn't have to be abusive.
If only there was a way to get the fundamentalists "exposed" to other ways of living, to get their kids educated so they can make choices freely, etc.
And the marrying of young women to old men... that just has to stop. No matter what the young women say, they've been brainwashed through their upbringing to think it's a good thing.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
Dont get me wrong. I am appalled by that family on TV that has 19 kids and keeps having more. I have personal objections to that on a few levels.
However they completely support their family without public assistance and seem to instill a good work ethic and education in their children.
So as an American, I cannot object to their right to reproduce that way. I agree, I "believe" that a major tenet of the Mormon religion is to be fruitful and multiply. However the compounds that they have do not seem deprived...well, socially and culturally perhaps...but not financially. Because as you said, it doest take alot of $$ to support them, but they seem to have organized and developed methods to do so communally.