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The sarcasm and humor in this piece is just too much to resist sharing here on our blog. JRNorth articulates many of the talking points we’ve attempted to educate our society with. Many who have left the “monogamous” society will appreciate this piece.

I don’t know if there is something in the water, or what the reason is, but the mountains certainly seem to attract a great variety of philosophical extremes in the people there.

I met so many different people, with so many different philosophies, and that certainly included many different beliefs about marriage. I met some people who believed that marriage was no business of the government, and they followed an aboriginal custom of the Paux (spelling?). It is a simple custom: The two in love would decide if they wanted to marry and would make their covenants to each other and announce their marriage at a community function, or to their families.

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The following article, written by Kate Heartfield of the ‘Ottawa Citizen’, echoes some of our talking points raised with government officials in both Utah and Arizona concerning the laws against adult consensual polygamy.

The polygamy reference case has already made a valuable contribution: It has focused the debate on the question of harm. Apologists for the current law are now having to try to show that polygamy, in and of itself, always and necessarily hurts people. I don’t believe they’re succeeding, but I do see this as a promising first step toward creating a rational and effective legal strategy for dealing with abuse in polygamous communities.

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I found this blog with its attendant argument for legalizing polygamy. It is written from the perspective of a black male born in Nigeria and familiar with African tradition and also Muslim beliefs. Apparently he has researched Mormonism as well and has some interesting insights and arguments for legalization.

I find it interesting that opinions on conjugal socialization are fast evolving toward a more liberal stance. Freedom of choice regarding consenting adult relationships is the new trend in our modern world.

Here is the link to the blog.

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In light of our work with the Safety Net organization and our interaction with various social workers and law enforcement (so called) personnel, I thought the attached entry from the Escape to Polygamy Blog by J. R. North would have some interest in a satirical vein.

The URL link (true story) referenced in the piece, is the basis for the satire on the abuse suffered from a “monogamous” society. When the mind set of people begins to finally realize that a lifestyle choice doesn’t commit abuse, or a crime and that people do, we may begin to see more tolerance for lifestyle choice. After all, it takes a live person to pull the trigger of a gun, so should we punish guns or the people who misuse them?

Click here for the story.

~Submitted by HJD

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Since we’re highlighting the Canadian Polygamy Case involving Winston Blackmore and James Oler, I thought I would share an interesting discussion from a Law is Cool Podcast early last year.

Law is Cool Podcast: Polygamy and the Law

Also, check out one of the significant comments from that podcast…

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I thought it might be of interest to link the esteemed Professor Jonathan Turley’s Affidavit filing in the Canadian Reference Case. To call it simply a brilliant display of understanding Constitutional Law, would be an understatement indeed. In our view, Turley obliterates Marci Hamilton’s arguments, which are simply a replay of her worn out dissertations on Findlaw and other legal blogs.

We are most fortunate to have the best of the best regarding Constitutional Law working for our civil rights…

Here is the affidavit: Turley Affidavit

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If you have three men and three women living together in a commune somewhere out west.  It is considered consenting adult free love and no one (especially in California) cares.

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The following article from http://www.cavalierdaily.com written by Claire Shotwell captures some of our thoughts and talking points regarding the change of attitude we wish to see of Americans concerning our right to practice adult consensual polygamy; and it illustrates that many who aren’t in polygamous societies realize that this is a civil right that shouldn’t be criminalized by a society that is continually becoming more accepting of homosexuals:

The first time I watched “Sister Wives” on TLC, I thought to myself, “How can people that seem so normal be so weird?” For those of you who have not seen the show or its promotional advertisements, it follows a modern, polygamist family — the Browns — who live in Utah. They wear jeans and T-shirts, curse and even encourage their daughters to finish college before they marry. How exceedingly … normal. I have since realized that the Brown family confronts the negative stereotypes and stigmas associated with plural marriages and also present the positive side to a debate that society has long ignored. State governments, in examining the equality and justness of marriage, should not only debate same-sex marriage, but plural marriage as well.
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“Pure knowledge is the ultimate emancipator. It equalizes people and sovereign states, erodes the archaic barriers of superstition and promises to lift the trajectory of cultural evolution .” E.O. Wilson

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Each of us born to this earth has the right to grasp an opportunity and make for ourselves the life we would hope to have.  For some it is to remain single, for others it is to connect in a commitment, be it same sex or single partner, with marriage vows or without; and for a number of us, it is to choose to live with others in a commitment containing more than one spouse.

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