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Friday, January 13, 2006

Polygamy In Canada: A Little Whine With Dinner?

There are a myriad of scientific studies that universities and governments fund. SC&A would like to suggest another: The effects of prolonged exposure to Canadian liberal politics.

The Canadian government funded a study that concluded that
"Canada should get rid of its law banning polygamy, and change other legislation to help women and children living in such multiple-spouse relationships".

...The report therefore recommends that this provision be repealed.''
Wait- there's more.
Chief author Martha Bailey says criminalizing polygamy, typically a marriage involving one man and several wives, serves no good purpose and prosecutions could do damage to the women and children in such relationships.

...the project was also intended to provide the Liberal government with ammunition to help defend its same-sex marriage bill last spring.

Opponents claimed the bill, now law, was a slippery slope that would open the door to polygamy and even beastiality.

The Bailey report, consistent with other research for the project, also concludes the courts might well rule that Canada's law banning polygamy is a violation of Canada's constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion.

Oh yes, one more thing:

...Canada is also faced with a rising tide of immigration from Africa and the Middle East, where polygamy is legally and religiously sanctioned. Immigration officers can refuse entry to individuals practising polygamy.

Bailey said Canada should nevertheless offer some recognition to polygamous marriages that are legally valid in foreign countries to help protect women's rights here.

Heaven forbid western culture and sensibilities might be allowed to remain foundational to the most generous, progressive, advanced and generous societies in the history of the world. We need to go back in time and revert to cultures that practice and condone Female Genital Mutilation, wife beatings, acid attacks, honor killing and religiously sanctioned rapes. Remember, if you fight off a rapist and and defend yourself, you might be found criminally liable- and put to death.

In cultures where polygamy is practised, women are afforded fewer rights, not more. Children are routinely taken from their mothers by the courts and custody awarded the father, for no other reason than he is the presumed custodian. In some cases, children have been killed by their fathers, as a form of 'punishment' meted out to the mother.

What the 'study' does not make clear is that the report wasn't a study at all.

Under the guise of science, Martha Bailey was paid to produce a document with a pre determined conclusion.