Monday, January 17, 2011

Mainstream LDS split 50/50 on polygamy

According to an expert witness at the Canadian reference case to determine whether Canada's anti-polygamy laws are in line with the country's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, mainstream Mormons are split almost evenly on whether polygamy should be practiced today.

Mormons split over polygamy practice, expert says at trial
By Daphne Bramham

Even though the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially renounced polygamy in 1890, a religious studies expert says that mainstream Mormons are nearly evenly split over whether it should continue to be practised. W. John Walsh said Wednesday in B.C. Supreme Court that the LDS church's official position remains that polygamy is banned, but that it's possible that somewhere between 50 and 60 per cent of the church's members "would like a return of polygamy, which they see as a holy practice." Read full story here.

If this estimate is even close to true the trolls who regularly show up to post on polygamy stories, claiming to be mainstream LDS who have absolutely nothing to do with polygamy today, may have some splainin' to do...

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