Is Polygamy Harmful To Freedom?Submitted by CanyonRoad on Fri, 04/11/2008 - 00:02
If you think polygamy is just another form of personal liberty and that a male should be allowed to impregnate as many females as he wants, then you should be prepared to live in a society without human rights.
Polygamy is what the animals do - might makes right.
Polygamous societies experience a high degree of male-on-male violence. Just look at America's black (and increasingly white) slums. America is becoming a de facto polygamous country (divorce, out-of-wedlock birth, go-it-alone single mothers, sperm clinics, etc.)
Polygamy is not compatible with freedom!
Monogamy is more fundamental to Western Civilization than Christianity.
Monogamy is an ancient agreement between men to share women equally. It brought peace, population stability and the right conditions for the accumulation of capital. Without monogamy, the generation that wrote the Constitution would not have been so willing to live and let live.
Monogamy isn't about peering into your bedroom - that's how the Catholic Church got it wrong and created a backlash. Yes, you have the right to do what you want in your own bedroom, so don't bring out that red herring.
Monogamy means: "No children with more than one person."
Are you prepared to let clones become citizens? Should scientists be allowed to create human/animal hybrids and ask that they become citizens? Should we give citizenship to anchor babies?
Who is a citizen? This is the first question in a social contract.
Creating children with multiple women is not an acceptable way to make new citizens.