posted on May, 25 2005 @ 12:53 PM
People, I beleive, underestimate the role of the family in the structure of society. The nuclear and extended family are the 'norm' in the western
world. Not saying that they are 'better' or denigrating other types. But the structure of the family has a profound influence on the structure of
society. To change the structure of the family is to radically alter the structure of society.
American society and american law simply cannot work with an alien concept like polygamy and child brides and wife sharing and the like. ( Even
Same-sex Parent Families 'don't mesh' with societies understanding precisely, tho I'd argue that the sexes invovled are far subordinate to
the structure itself, ie and group with two parents and some children have more in common with similar groups, even if they are all mall, all female,
or homosexual parents, etc, than with several parents and huge numbers of strangely related children groups).
I think that thats enough to make polygamy something that the state surpresses. Any change in teh structure of the family from beyond the 'two
parents, kids, aunts and uncles and grandparents, cousins and neices and nephews' setup is to be worked against, whether its hareems, polygamyous
towns, or even single parent mutliple children setups. But keep in mind that I am talking about it as on a social scale, and obviously not
suggesting that single parents have their kids removed or divorce be made illegal. I simply caution, strongly, that people be prepared for
major, perhaps unprecedented, social change if polygamy becomes widespread.