Polygamy: Europe’s Hidden Statistic

Jun 5, 2016 by

by Judith Bergman, Gatestone Institute: A few years ago, Sweden’s Center Party, one of the four parties in the center-right governing coalition at the time, proposed legalizing polygamy. The idea caused outrage; the proposal was dropped. The party’s youth division, however, refused to let go: “We think it is important for the individual to decide how many people he or she wants to marry,” said Hanna Wagenius, head of Center Youth, predicting that polygamy would be legal...

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A Muslim pushes for polygamy in the wake of same-sex marriage

May 16, 2016 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: The United Kingdom has a large Muslim population – 5.4 percent, according to the Office of National Statistics, or about 3 million people. Although polygamy is permitted under sharia law, most Muslim men do not have two, three or four wives. In fact, according to “The Salafi Feminist”, a Canadian blogger, average Muslims view second wives “as little more than secret mistresses, home-wreckers, and simply selfish”. However, the growing influence of Islam in the UK...

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Why Governments Haven’t, and Shouldn’t, Recognize Polygamy

Apr 26, 2016 by

by  Christopher Kaczor, Public Discourse: Despite the example set by the Biblical patriarchs, Western societies have traditionally outlawed polygamy, for reasons both religious and secular. In his recent book, John Witte Jr. gives a history of the arguments for and against polygamy, making a compelling case that polygamy should not be recognized today. In The Western Case for Monogamy Over Polygamy, John Witte Jr. explores the various legal and social rationales given for defining marriage as...

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‘Women unwittingly entering polygamous marriages in UK’

Apr 13, 2016 by

From The Christian Institute: Women are suffering under sharia law in the UK, a Peer has warned, as she cautioned against getting trapped in a “labyrinth of inaction” on the issue. Baroness Cox told the BBC’s Daily Politics show that she believes in the freedom of religion and belief, but that sharia law ‘inherently discriminates’. Noting that some women are entering into polygamous marriages without realising, Lady Cox said women are being left “desperately unhappy”. Baroness Cox, a Patron of...

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Four wives are better than one

Jan 28, 2016 by

By Alexander Boot: Polygamous marriages are illegal in Britain, no doubt regrettably for some. For one thing, having, to take an arbitrary number, four wives may diminish the urge to break the adultery commandment. Surely observing the Decalogue is important, isn’t it? […]  But not to worry: this is where the new universal credit system comes in. Our bright legislators have devised a stratagem to make polygamy pay in the crudest financial sense. Polygamous marriages may be illegal, but...

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Toward Plural Marriage: Understanding and Countering the Liberal Wringer

Dec 7, 2015 by

by Scott Yenor, Public Discourse: Anyone interested in defending marriage and family life must first expose the built-in biases and hidden moral teaching within the contemporary liberal perspective. According to the modern idea, marriage is merely a consenting relationship between adults, for whatever purposes those adults define. This idea has given us same-sex marriage. As many have pointed out, plural marriage is the next logical step. Why should a marriage so understood be limited to two...

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