One wife, one man for life. Right!
You remember the Latter Day Saints of Utah, the followers of Joseph Smith who got revelations from God supposedly giving him permission to screw lots of women. (His wife Emma apparently didn't think that revelation was real and left the cult for another non-polygamous branch of the church.) Smith said the revelation in support of polygamy would never pass away but apparently when the Mormons wanted Utah to become a state, and the US Senate would not let a bunch of polygamists join the Union, they suddenly found out that God had changed his mind. Ditto for their anti-Black theology which God suddenly removed when the Civil Rights movement sprang up --- it would be nice if God didn't seem to follow the trends and actally set them. Of course the Mormons are very pro-family. Even to this day some as so pro-family that they have three or four of them (sets of wives and children that is). The church pretends this isn't so but they no damn well it is not uncommon in Utah for one man to have multiple wives.
The photo is of Emma Smith, the long-suffering wife of Joseph who denied that God had anything to do with his polygamy.
Now these theological nutcases think that through the secret rituals of the Mormon church, which Smith basically stole from the Masons, that each Mormon will become a god himself. And then with his multiple wives he'll screw through eternity producing spirit babies. Wacko! But to be a god and produce spirit babies you have to be heterosexual. So gays are not just second class Mormons they are kicked out. And the Mormons love a good gay bashing in one form or another.
So read this from a Mormon, who taught at the philosophy department at the Mormon's Brigham Young University, Jeffrey Neilsen. He wrote: When the church hierarchy speaks on a public issue and requests that members follow, it is difficult indeed if an individual feels the content of their message would make bad law and is unethical as well. I believe opposing gay marriage and seeking a constitutional amendment against it is immoral. And: it seems that virtuous moderation and loving kindness require us to exercise caution before making constitutionally binding discrimination against a whole class of people based only on fear and superstition. This guy is good: attempting to restrict an individual's rights and privileges based upon a religious claim is a dangerous rejection of our Founding Fathers' wise insight, and it should be unacceptable to all Americans.
Now he gets into really deep water because he admits the Mormon Church has been intentionally dishonest with the public about its belief in polygamy. He writes: We in the LDS Church must be more honest about our history, including the past and future practice of polygamy in our official doctrine. This will be difficult, for it will reveal that we have been less than truthful in our public relations, and it will show our inconsistency with current statements opposing gay marriage.
Remember that Bush's failed federal amendment said that marriage is only between one man and one woman. And the Mormon's are a bunch descended from polygamists, founded by polgamists, and infested with polygamists to this very day. So for them to get on their pompous high horse and pontificate about an amendment that specifically denies their own history and doctrine is proof of their incredible hypocrisy.
So what did the church do? Well, of course, they informed him that he his position at the university terminates at the end of the semester. They told him: "In accordance with the order of the church, we do not consider it our responsibility to correct, contradict or dismiss official pronouncements of the church. Since you have chosen to contradict and oppose the church in an area of great concern to church leaders, and to do so in a public forum, we will not rehire you after the current term is over."
The Mormons run their church the same way the Communists ran Russia there is no dissent allowed, no independent thinking, you take orders and obey. And they are espeically picky when it comes to any mention of the fraudulent history of their church that they peddle. They like to cover up the polygamy that is still going on. They like to pretend that the Church didn't murder people. They try to hide documents that they think prove them to be a fraud. These people follow the "Prophet Joseph Smith". Not only was Smith a polygamist but he "married" girls who were, shall we say, very, young.
Smith wanted a girl, Helen Mar Kimball, who was only 14 years old in his marriage bed. So he told the family that if they married her off to him that they would be guaranteed a place in the celestial kingdom. Smith did have sex with this yourng girl but it was alright since he said God told him to do it. We should not forget that the age of puberty has been dropping and when Smith took his "wife" to his bed she was well below the average of age of puberty. Some have estimated that a 14 year old girl from around 1840 would be about as physically mature as a 9 year old today.
In addition to this child Smith also took into his marriage bed: Fanny Alger 16, Flora Ann Woodworth, 16, and Nancy Winchester who was either 14 or 15. And there were several other teenaged girls he took as "wives" as well. And numerous women who Smith "married" were already married when he took them. Smith wrote a letter to one of his prospective young wives and her family. He told them to come to the place where he was saying but warned them "the only thing to be careful of; is to find out when Emma comes then you cannot be safe, but when she is not here, there is the most perfect safety...Only be careful to escape observation as much as possible...." Emma was smith's wife and he was not reluctant to tell the young things he wanted to bed to try and sneak past her.
Now we all know the silliness of Muslims being promised virgins in paradise if they go around killing people. Smith had no patience. He wanted his virgins in the here and now. So he claimed that God said he could have them and it appears in the Mormon scripture that Smith wrote. In Doctrines and Covenants it says of Smith "if he have ten virgins given unto him by this law he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him, and they are given unto him; therefore is he justified." There is some question as to how many wives Joseph had in all but it was more than two dozen and could be over 30. And a good number of them were teens when he went after them. This is the kind of history that the professor was talking about.