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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.

~Submitted by HJD

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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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The Safety Net mission statement states:

The Safety Net Committee brings together government agencies, nonprofit organizations and interested individuals who are working to open up communication, break down barriers and coordinate efforts to give people associated with the practice of polygamy equal access to justice, safety and services.

We (Centennial Park Action Committee) have taken Safety Net at its word, and our intentions being here are to assist to this end. But the events of this last week have left us with some concerns as well as the need to clarify some things.

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In light of the upcoming bigamy trial of Wendell Nielsen, we thought it appropriate to publish this document from the ACLU given in September 2006:

Utah’s Bigamy Statute and the Right to Privacy and Religious Freedom

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to associate, express opinions, and practice religion free from unnecessary government intrusion. Additionally, the United States Supreme Court recognizes that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment promises individuals that, “there is a realm of personal liberty which the government may not enter.” Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833, 847 (1992). Together, these freedoms allow individuals to define the contours of their personal relationships and freely express their religious beliefs, as long as they do not harm the state or other persons. The ACLU of Utah believes that Utah’s bigamy statute, which criminalizes the practice of spiritual plural marriage between consenting adults, violates these constitutional guarantees.
For the rest of the publication, go here…

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We enjoyed this speech very much and felt it was noteworthy to post a link on our blog:

Glenn Beck’s 8/28 Restoring Honor Keynote Speech

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