A number of years ago, I made the dubious speculation, which I really did not take seriously at the time, that the same arguments made to promote homosexual marriage could be used to in favor of polygamy and for other “relationships.” To my great surprise and dismay, my speculation is becoming reality. As I was driving yesterday and listening to the news, it was reported that the lawsuit in favor of polygamy continues in a federal court. I could not believe it and was thinking, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, here we go again!
The reason for my speculation years ago was how I have observed court precedents get greatly expanded over time to cover all sorts of unanticipated situations if only logic and not other factors such as common sense, morality and ethics ignored. For example, when the Fourteenth Amendment was passed after the Civil War, I do not think any of its proponents would have anticipated that it, along with the Commerce Clause of the federal constitution would be used as the legal basis and rationale for the radical expansion of the role of the federal government into all aspects of our lives. After all, the role of the federal government was never meant to intrude into our personal lives but to protect us from the intrusion of the government for such basic rights as the free exercise of religion. But, the federal courts have used those Fourteenth Amendment precedents and other precedents to override state laws against homosexual marriage. And, now, the precedents and arguments for homosexual marriage are being used to legitimize polygamy and to overrule state civil and criminal laws against polygamy. Where does it end?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “The parties to a marriage covenant are a baptized man and woman....” Paragraph 1645. That seems pretty clear what God and His Son have taught for thousands of year. But, the courts have ignored that. In paragraph 1645, it states “Polygamy is contrary to conjugal love which is undivided and exclusive.” Seems pretty straightforward as well.
There are already groups who want to legalize marriages between adults and children with no age restrictions. And, there are groups who seek polyamorous relationships (multiple wifes and husbands in to one relationship) to become legal.
Let’s look at other considerations about this. Abraham, David, Solomon and others of the times had multiple wives. Using the historical precedent of Abraham, Muhammed had multiple wives and polygamy is tolerated among many Islamic nations. So, if we render the free exercise of religion to Islam as part of our irrational view of tolerance (see my earlier blog quoting Bishop Sheen on the subject of tolerance), and our irrational view of homosexual “marriages”, then, polygamous relationships in this country would be legalized. The federal judge in a polygamous lawsuit asked the question, what would be the difference between a legalized polygamy and a man having several different households with women who he lived with? In other words, immoral relationships with multiple concubines or mistresses but each in a separate residence?
Does this sound totally unreal? It does to me. What has happened to the moral glue that held this country together over all these years? It is being undone and our country and the western world is becoming undone.
Once again, where does it all end?
Now, you know what I think and I would very much like to know what you think about this subject.
Let the light of our Lord shine upon you!
REM (Ray Makowski) Co-Founder, Director and Secretary-Treasurer