I am disturbed by polygamy. As a practicing Mormon, it is by far the most troubling historical issue to me (and I’ve heard them all, *I think*). Even more disturbing: Is it still doctrine? We don’t have an answer.
REGARDLESS, the recent incidents in Texas with CPS and the FLDS church are messed up. To be clear, rape is wrong. I even think that patriarchy intentionally creating a bunch of single mothers (one of the effects of polygamy) is unethical at best. But who can seriously say that these 416 kids are better off in foster care? Well, CPS can, apparently. Foster care is NOT a good answer. Some kids come out of it okay, for sure–there are some good homes. But taking them from their mothers and creating a future of revolving foster homes, group homes, attachment problems, weekly therapy, and alternative schools for the next 20 years is amoral. Foster care is the LAST resort for kids. We can’t take away kids from mothers just because we don’t like polygamy. If the FLDS men are raping girls, they should be taken out of the homes. Leave the women and children alone.