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.[/QUOTE]
You and I seem to be in agreement on having objections to the "TV family". Allow me to list mine.
1. They are not the norm in reflecting the lifestyle of polygamous relationships.
2. Kody has a good paying job in advertisement. His legal wife works. And TLC is paying them quite well for the series. They can get by without government assistance. Most don't have a television series that pays real good to help provide for their needs. There is too much evidence out there that shows the "common" polygamist who doesn't have a television show relies on his "spiritual" wives that the government counts as single moms to collect welfare to bring home the bacon.
3. It sickens me to think there are young ladies being raised in an atmosphere that teaches they are no more than a cow to be provided to the prize bull. It is demeaning, degrading and IMO child abuse. To teach their young boys such things is producing irrehensibly damaged mindsets. If I could I would bitch slap every last one who promotes such things.
Finished with my rant....