Monday, January 17, 2011
Forced marriage would be an abuse of power
Mormons denounce forced polygamous unions, expert says
By Keith Fraser, The Province
A Mormon scholar told the polygamy trial Wednesday that it would be an "abuse of power" if a woman was forced into a plural marriage.
The comment was made during the cross-examination of Dr. John Walsh, a witness called by a lawyer representing fundamentalist Mormons.
During direct examination by lawyer Robert Wickett, Walsh told B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Bauman that Mormon theology decrees that people not be forced into polygamy.
Under questioning by Eva Ross, a lawyer for the B.C. attorney-general's ministry, Walsh told the judge that "God would not recognize" the marriage if a woman was forced into polygamy.
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I think the most fascinating thing about this is that the "expert" on the stand here, obviously admits that the structure of polygamy means male members have "power" over the female supply of concubines. His only problem with the set up is whether the power they hold is abused?