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Submitted by tom (Canada), Mar 9, 2008 at 04:27

while i agree with most of what you say, the issue of polygamy is a red herring, because it is not about sharia at all. banning polygamy was probably a violation of the separation of church and state in the first place, because it enforces a single interpretation of christian scripture. it has no other basis in biology or in culture - the number of wives (or husbands) doesn't really affect anyone except the parties involved (assuming they are consenting adults).

let's keep in mind that polygamy was the norm throughout the old testament, for example. if anything, by addressing a basic unfairness, this change in law only reduces the justification for sharia-based courts.

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