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Man, I need to take a break from reading all this polygamy stuff. The SL Trib article about the 14 year old girl being forced into marriage and raped by her "husband" made me cry. Then it made me think of the many young women who were similarly forced into polygamous marriages sanctioned by the LDS Church. It's too disturbing for words.

Hi Dave, Great title--I love it. Roman Grant is very much the personification of Warren Jeffs--at least from what I have read, and what the character in Big Love seems to be. Sorry, I didn't know you had posted on this before I did one too--but I did link to yours as well.

ECS: Let's keep our eye on the ball here. No doubt polygamy has seen it's share of abuses. But, they have little or nothing to do with the criminal charge against Mr. Jeffs here--an incredibly weak one in my opinion. You comment raises a good point though--where is this husband, who actually did the raping?

Thanks for the link in your detailed post, Guy.

Despite my playful title, I do recognize that Big Love depicts independent polygamist families, whereas the FLDS groups are communal and are organized around a religious leader like Jeffs. There is a big difference between the two types of polygamy, at least according to the participants, although few non-participants are willing to grant any moral distinction between the two.

Hmm. Well, I guess I need to take my own advice and define my terms if I want to faciliate a conversation about the issue. When I wrote that comment, however, I was more concerned about experessing my anger after reading the article about the rape and abuse of the young woman than I was about separating out cause and effect, or assigning responsibility and blame.

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