Saturday, October 24, 2009

Why are the feminists silent on polygamy?

You may have heard in the news that the B.C. government is struggling with the polygamy issue. Years ago, when same-sex marriage was being debated, pro-life leaders warned that polygamy would be the next can of worms to be opened. Liberal-leaning Canadians scoffed.  But it turns out we were right.

But the liberal-leaning Canadians don't seem to care.  They should, especially the feminists.  Polygamy is based on the idea that a man cannot be satisfied by just one woman.  That's very demeaning to the dignity of women.  In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says it quite plainly

2387  The predicament of a man who, desiring to convert to the Gospel, is obliged to repudiate one or more wives with whom he has shared years of conjugal life, is understandable. However polygamy is not in accord with the moral law." [Conjugal] communion is radically contradicted by polygamy; this, in fact, directly negates the plan of God which was revealed from the beginning, because it is contrary to the equal personal dignity of men and women who in matrimony give themselves with a love that is total and therefore unique and exclusive." The Christian who has previously lived in polygamy has a grave duty in justice to honor the obligations contracted in regard to his former wives and his children.

Like so many teachings of the Church, they are logical.  An atheist should be able to see this logic.  Why is it, then, that we don't hear feminists being outraged by polygamy?  Doesn't polygamy seem like a direct attack to the gains that feminists have made over the years?

I think part of the answer is that lefties don't tend to fight each other.  They have a code of silence whereby they overlook each others' sins.  But I wonder how much longer that can last on polygamy.

It's quite ironic that the Church, which some people consider to be discriminatory towards women, is more vocal in opposing polygamy that feminists!