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This blog post from “Progressive Proselytizing” caught our attention:

On the Morality of Polygamy Law: Freedom vs Harm

Should polygamy be legal? This question is at the core of the landmark polygamy case slowly working its way up the Canadian justice system. To answer this, we look at the balance between harm and freedom. The balance in this case is contrasted to the case of gay marriage.

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The following article from the Globe and Mail, written by Marina Adshade (economist at Dalhousie University) makes an interesting arguement for decriminalization:

The overwhelming majority of Canadians do not want to live in a polygamous household and, from an economic perspective, that observation is a bit of a mystery.

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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.

~Submitted by HJD

Unlawful Arrest

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

Another article on the recent decision by a federal judge in Canada to declare three federal statutes criminalizing prostitution to be unconstitutional has a very interesting basis in Canadian legal theory, “the right not to be harmed.” Apparently the theory goes something like this:

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Polygamy and the Law

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

The Grandeur of Kindness

Our community recently had the wonderful and joyful pleasure of having Maya Stein visit and share her amazing poetic talent with us. She shared the experience on her blog and it seemed appropriate to repost here as well:

I have so much to say about the past two days, and yet I can’t possibly contain it all here, in the span of a blog post. It feels like the world has shifted, and it’s beyond election results and the World Series and October segueing into November. It’s something about world view and peace-making and surrender. It’s about being aligned with the desert and safeguarded by mountains. It’s about self-care and self-love. And it’s about the grandeur of kindness.

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