Classifieds Business Directory Jobs Real Estate Autos Legal Notices Forums Subscribe Archives
Today is December 19, 2014
home news sports feature opinionhappenings society obits techtips

Front Page » February 1, 2005 » Opinion » Letter to the Editor: Different cultures
Published 3,608 days ago

Letter to the Editor: Different cultures


Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints

By KEN LARSEN
Salt Lake City

Dear Editor,

Do you think if we could find 18 women who claim they suffered rape, incest and violence in monogamous communities, we could write their stories and publish it in a book titled, "The Abuses of Monogamy?" Different cultures probably have different crime statistics.

Does that mean the police should arrest and punish cultures, rather than criminals? If we're going to judge polygamy as a life-style, we will need to look at most of the world during most of its history.

The problems in closed, cult-like unpopular communities today do not justify any judgment of the free practice of polygamy by consenting adults. I think a brief look at history would justify the conclusion that the practice of polygamy is not the source of the victim stories in "God's Brothel."

A more likely source might be my belief that it is almost impossible for a man to hold the authority and trust of a prophet in such a "cult" society and not be corrupted by that absolute power (David Koresh, for example). I think there are even some possible examples of Joseph Smith's battle against that corruption.

I'm not saying the faith and structure of the community is the source of the problem. I'm only saying history shows it is many fold more likely to be the source. Legalizing polygamy, and giving legitimacy to extra wives and children, would open some of our closed communities, and make it easier for the law to protect victims and punish criminals.

In my opinion, more legal and social oppression, such as the recent ratification of Amendment 3, will only increase the incidence of abuse, and decrease the ability to investigate such crimes. We cannot help where we are not trusted, any more in a polygamous community in Utah, than in a polygamous suburb in Iraq.


Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints


Top of Page


 
Opinion  
February 1, 2005
Recent Opinion
Quick Links
Subscribe via RSS
Related Articles  
Related Stories



Best viewed with Firefox
Get Firefox

© Emery County Progress, 2000-2008. All rights reserved. All material found on this website, unless otherwise specified, is copyright and may not be reproduced without the explicit written permission from the publisher of the Emery County Progress.
Legal Notices & Terms of Use    Privacy Policy    Advertising Info    FAQ    Contact Us
  RSS Feeds    News on Your Site    Staff Information    Submitting Content    About Us
z