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Mormons aren't polygamists

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Submitted by Jason Alder (United States), Nov 26, 2008 at 15:53

The article states, "Thus, for the cost of two airplane tickets, Muslims potentially can evade Western law. (One wonders when Mormons will also awake to this gambit.)"

But there's a problem: Mormons AREN'T polygamists. There are offshoots of the Mormon Church that ARE polygamists, but the Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) specifically and strictly denounce polygamy, and anyone associated with or endorsing polygamy is excommunicated from the church. One would think that a so-called "journalist" would be familiar with basic information and practices of such a polarizing issue before announcing that a specific religion condones and practices it. Announcing that Mormons are polygamists without taking the 30 seconds it requires to go to lds.org or ask a member of their (the Mormon) faith about this issue, while just assuming that it is true, is akin to an uneducated, ignorant American declaring that all Muslims are terrorists because he heard some people saying they are.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I have addressed this point in an update at http://www.danielpipes.org/article/6022,

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