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2012-05-03 19:31:44

Recent raids of religious compounds in Texas and British Columbia make clear that polygamy is, to say the least, frowned upon by western governments. But legal questions aside, can polygamy ever be morally permissible? An article in the latest issue of the journal Ethics makes the case that traditional forms of polygamy are inherently unequal and therefore morally objectionable. "In traditional polygamy, only one person may marry multiple spouses. This central spouse divides him or...

2012-01-24 11:33:02

In cultures that permit men to take multiple wives, the intra-sexual competition that occurs causes greater levels of crime, violence, poverty and gender inequality than in societies that institutionalize and practice monogamous marriage. That is a key finding of a new University of British Columbia-led study that explores the global rise of monogamous marriage as a dominant cultural institution. The study suggests that institutionalized monogamous marriage is rapidly replacing polygamy...

2009-09-19 02:27:28

America's largest and most -secluded polygamist colony will be showcased in a new four-hour tour, organizers say. The tour will offer accounts from guides who had lived in The Creek, the historic name for the community on the Utah-Arizona border that is home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The tour's promotional literature promises answers to questions from the curious: Why the prairie dresses and long braids? No makeup?...

2009-08-19 03:00:00

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- SEER Technology, Inc. (SEER), a world's leading provider of Chemical Recognition and Personnel Tracking Systems, announced today that it has entered into a funding partnership with Global Security Capital Group, LLC (GSCG), a homeland security consulting and financial services firm. GSCG is focused on providing financing to companies and agencies operating in the Aerospace, Defense, Homeland Security and National Security sectors. GSCG'S domestic...

2008-10-23 21:00:08

Utah should do more to clamp down on polygamy, a New York law professor said in a debate with a member of the Utah attorney general's office. Marci Hamilton of the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law praised Texas in the debate Wednesday for raiding a ranch owned by a polygamous sect and taking custody of the children there, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. She said a 1955 Utah Supreme Court ruling that polygamous homes are not fit for children gives the state the legal tool it needs. Hamilton...

2008-10-07 09:00:28

By Ben Winslow Deseret News The Fundamentalist LDS Church has filed a federal lawsuit challenging court-ordered reform efforts to its real-estate arm. The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, accuses the attorneys general of Utah and Arizona, the court- appointed special fiduciary of the United Effort Plan Trust, and the judge who reformed that trust of violating the FLDS Church's First Amendment rights. "The UEP Trust was formed so FLDS Church members could...

2008-09-24 15:00:25

A Texas sheriff was Wednesday arranging the surrender of three members of a polygamist sect who were indicted on child-abuse and bigamy charges. The three were named in five indictments announced Tuesday in the ongoing investigation into the Utah-based Fundamentalist LDS Church. "The three... were indicted for sexually assaulting children," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a written statement. "Each of those suspects faces one felony count of sexual assault of a child and two...

2008-09-22 09:00:30

By Ben Winslow Deseret News Recent bigamy indictments handed down by a Texas grand jury could be the seeds for a case that could eventually find itself before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the ban on polygamy, a lawyer for the Fundamentalist LDS Church said. "I think the beginnings of that case are being filed in Texas right now," Rod Parker said during a panel discussion last week at the annual Utah State History Conference. Parker appeared alongside Utah Attorney General Mark...

2008-09-05 09:00:18

By Ben Winslow Deseret News SAN ANGELO, Texas -- It got ugly. The hearing over who should represent a 17-year-old member of the Fundamentalist LDS Church took some strange twists on Thursday, with attorneys outed as working for the polygamous sect, allegations of interference and lawyers putting each other on the witness stand. Ultimately, a judge here refused to remove Natalie Malonis as the court-appointed attorney for Teresa Jeffs. "I don't see any authority for a parallel...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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