Polygamy, or the practice of having more than one spouse at a time, is a very controversial issue that provides many ethical, moral and practical questions that surround the idea and its implementation into society. The purpose of this essay is to describe the practice of polygamy and why this practice is unwise to participate in due to the many risks toward mental, physical and spiritual health.
This essay will first examine the issues surrounding polygamy and how it has arrived in our society. The pros and cons of this practice will also be examined to demonstrate how polygamy is ultimately destroying our culture and freedom. The effects polygamy has on financial matters, legal issues, health and disease issues and biblical issues will all be addressed in this essay to highlight the true purpose of this disturbing and unwelcomed practice.
Polygamy, simply understood means to be married to more than one person at a time. Since the law is a governmental issue, so is polygamy in its essence and most practical understanding. Man's laws are important and polygamy certainly falls under this category, but there is also God's or nature's...
She wrote "I really do not think we need to change our entire marriage culture to accommodate a few people who have decided to live outside the law in their marriage practices. We don't need to arrest them either (unless they're doing something like abusing minors), but legalization would be a complete disaster. Does anyone think we need increased confusion and uncertainty in today's already confusing marriage culture? " The answer to that question should incorporate the significant divorce rate, and mental health problems that are rampant in our culture.
While the government does not have a right to intervene in people's lives, there is certainly a civic duty to keep polygamy out of our culture. Rauch (2006) explained that it is in fact dangerous to allow these practices. He wrote "societies become inherently unstable when sex ratios reach something like 120 males to 100 females: in other words, when one-sixth of men are surplus goods on the marriage market. The United States as a whole would reach that ratio if, for example, 5% of men took two wives, 3% took three wives, and 2% took four wives -- numbers that are quite imaginable, if polygamy were legal for a while."
Polygamy is also dangerous due to the many health factors that are included when people share sexual partners. Sexually transmitted diseases are much more potent when introduced in a polygamous environment where body…
Polygamy Should the state of Missouri legalize polygamy? Comprising 114 counties, Missouri is a U.S. state located in mid-west of the country. The debate of whether or not legalize polygamy (i.e. one man marrying many women) is ethically evaluated here using ethical method and theories. Five-point analysis method for resolving ethical dilemmas Ethical questions are deep rooted in the emotions of individuals as well as the society. It is not easy to present and
Polygamy In recent years the issue of Polygamy has received a great deal of attention. The purpose of this discussion is to examine the practice of polygamy. The research will uncover that although polygamy has some disadvantages including family division, there are also some very real advantages associated with the practice and a balanced view of the practice is often lacking in the western world. Polygamy is defined as "marriage in which
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Opposition Argument: On the other hand, from the legal perspective, the argument that constitutional principles justify reconsidering the issue that polygamy (unlike human sacrifice) warrants First Amendment protections of the free exercise of religion. For one thing, the modern Supreme Court has recognized a right of privacy that emanates from the enumerated rights and privileges ever since the 1960s, that could play a role in a modern reanalysis of polygamy at law. Second,