Canada is almost a liberal utopia with socialized medicine, oppressive gun control, no death penalty and gay marriage. Of course I have to qualify the utopian potential of our neighbor to the north with “almost” because Canada also has a state religion.
And Canada may be leading the way for all western nations as they seriously consider de-criminalizing the practice of polygamy. It couldn’t happen to a nicer country.
It seems there’s a Mormon fella in Bountiful named Winston Blackmore, who has 19 wives and more than 100 children. Oh yes, that’s Bountiful, British Columbia, not our beloved Top of Utah Bountiful.
Unlike the circumspect polygamists who live in Bountiful, Utah, Blackmore of Bountiful, B.C., lives quite openly with his wives and some eleven baseball teams worth of kids. Incidentally, I’m not impressed by Blackmore et al’s fertility. My great-grandfather sired over four baseball teams worth of kids with only four wives.
At any rate, Canadian authorities have had a dickens of a time enforcing their anti-polygamy laws. The current case against Brother Blackmore is defended on the basis that the anti-polygamy laws violate both freedom of religion and association guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights. Come to think of it, American authorities are not enforcing the anti-polygamy laws already on the books. And our local polygamists could defend their convivial lifestyle on the basis that anti-polygamy laws violate both freedom of religion and association guaranteed in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
And there’s no court in Canada or the USA that will rule that a Moslem can’t practice polygamy in accordance with Sharia.
Legal polygamy approacheth.
I wonder what will happen to the excuse I’ve heard hundreds of times, “We don’t practice polygamy because it’s against the law.”?