Where religion distracts from the real issues

In a breaking story, the Associated Press is reporting on a raid on a compound of the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints.

A young woman had complained of physical abuse; she had become the mother of a child to a 50-year old man. From the story, it appears that 183 women and children were removed from the compound.

This Mormon sect, according to the story, broke away from the main church when it disavowed polygamy (under duress; the U.S. Army troops had seized church property). But polygamy isn’t the real issue here. Rather, we should be concerned with forced marriage, rape, and a system of power relations that places men over women. These are things that can happen in monogamous systems as well.

Author: benfell

David Benfell holds a Ph.D. in Human Science from Saybrook University. He earned a M.A. in Speech Communication from CSU East Bay in 2009 and has studied at California Institute of Integral Studies. He is an anarchist, a vegetarian ecofeminist, a naturist, and a Taoist.

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