Texas Polygamists Lack Freedom Of Choice

I must admit when it comes to the polyamory world I tend to be a bit on the somewhat clueless side. It’s not because I don’t know about the world of polyamorous lifestyle, but because I can’t imagine myself being with more than one mate/girlfriend in my life.

But there are couples, Christian or otherwise, who don’t have a problem involving others in their relationships on an equal par regarding their intimate and practical lives.

The term “polyamory” is defined as the desire, practice, or acceptance of having more than one loving, intimate relationships at a time with the full knowledge and consent of everyone involved. Polyamorous perspectives differ from monogamous perspectives, in that they reflect one or more partner’s wish (es) to have further meaningful relationships and to accommodate these alongside their existing relationships.” (From Wikipedia)

This is not what we are talking about today.

Allegations of Child Abuse

No, this is about the recent raid of the Fundamentalist Mormon compound “Yearning for Zion” in Eldorado, Texas. This raid took place because of allegations of abuse to the children by a call to authorities (currently they are not able to substantiate the actual caller).

As many as 533 women and children were taken away by Texas authorities and 416 boys and girls ranging from six months to 17 years went from being in an isolated life to the real world.

Some may say that this is an intrusion of the government and the law; some may say it is needed to send a message that the current laws on the books cannot protect this lifestyle. What really stands out to me through all the media hype and public interest is the lack of freedom these kids and women have in regards to their spiritual, sexual and marital lives.

The teachings of the Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are far from the mainstream teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. LDS members worldwide are aware with the history of having multiple wives; Bringham Young and other church leaders were known to have many wives in the church’s infancy.

Until the turn of the 19th century, the law and the church teachings of having legal multiple marriages came together thus making it clear to all members it was frowned on to have this in Mormon life. But this new view did not stop splinter groups from holding on to the current trend.

Groups like the FLDS made it a point to marry not just young girls to older men (from their 20s to as old as their 50s), it also had no problem having marriages with close relatives leading to inbreeding. This portion of the poly lifestyle is wrong.

It’s about choice

It is one thing for adult married couples (or adults in general) make it a point to discuss, value, and offer the chance to involve one or more persons to their relationship. It is another thing when teens and young ladies are pressured to marry someone by the leading of another solely on the basis of one’s so-called “spiritual authority”.

There’s no freedom in this latter version nor is there any choice for the women and children. Their voice is negated and their freedoms stifled.

Not just the legal violations committed by leaders of the church, but this movement of FLDS members is one where they are taken out of the world restricting their freedom to make a choice for their own lives and destiny.

I had a good chat on line with one of the members of Christ Pro Erotic the other day regarding this issue. She brought a lot of great points about the children agencies separating the child and the mothers of the FLDS members apart. One big question was whether this group should have the right to practice their faith the way they are lead or not?

Case in point: The Amish. Why can this group be left alone separate from the rest of the world but the FLDS can’t? The difference with the Amish is it allows all its young adults a period to decide for themselves whether they adapt to the Amish way of life or be shun by choosing to live in the large society. For the Amish young person there is a choice. They can have a say in the matter instead of what is forced upon them as in the FLDS sect.

The bigger issue

The bigger issue is this is not an adaptable life when involving children and teens to a life where their goals or dreams are negated. It is wrong when they are pulled apart from any form of life outside the compound or any other arguments towards this way of life without choice. “Come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord.” (II Corinthians 6:17)” This is a passage to all Christians to be “in the world, but not of it” meaning to not be ruled by the standard way of thinking in the world, but to be Christ like.

There is nothing Christ-like about the FLDS. When choice and liberty is taken away from young people and their future, dreams and goals are all but thrown to the curb. No faith should take away the very God given freedom of choice that is given to men and women about how they should live their lives and faith.

My hope is the young women and children are given a chance to see the outside world. I hope they get exposed to the dreams and goals many of them can achieve. I hope they can at least have a say to their own destiny as to how they are going to make their lives worth living. If they choose the way of the FLDS, fine. But at least give our young people the free will chance to choose.


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