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How I learned to love polygamy
Opinion by Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio, Special to CNNTo be clear, I an Episcopal priest, not a polygamist. But I met the family who brought the suit, and these people changed how I think about plural marriage.Before I met the Browns made famous by the reality television show "Sister Wives" I had the kind of reaction most modern day Christians would have to their lifestyle: Polygamy hurts women. It offers girls a skewed perspective of who they can be. It happens on cultish compounds. It abusive.Yet when the Browns show debuted, I began to question some of those assumptions, and when I had the opportunity to meet them a few years ago, I questioned them further.In getting to know Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn, and their children, I saw that these parents were extremely invested in raising girls and boys who were empowered to get an education, become independent thinkers and have a moral compass.Indeed, children were so important to them not because they wanted to create more young polygamists the Browns want their children to choose their own beliefs but because their children were the people who would join them in heaven, and they New Balance Abzorb Womens wanted to raise a family kind enough, good enough, to achieve that goal.The result is four parents equally invested in their children, and a gaggle of young people who are neither spoiled nor timid, entitled nor brainwashed.The result is also four parents who strive to model what being empowered people of faith looks like in contemporary America.Since meeting the Browns, I have become a supporter of them and their lifestyle, though I certainly can understand why others remain opposed.So much negative publicity has been generated New Balance Walking Shoes Women
and rightly so by fundamentalist Mormon Warren Jeffs and his followers that it leaves little room in the American imagination to think that polygamy could be something different.When I talk about the Browns with my friends and colleagues, most are opposed to my position, believing that the women could not possibly be respected, that the children could not possibly receive the attention they deserve.MORE: Judge strikes down part of Utah polygamy law in Wives caseBut it crucial to remember that, when done well, polygamy works because the participants have a different goal for marriage than monogamous couples: Most Americans believe that marriage is for the purpose of cultivating intimacy between two people, both sexual and emotional.But for the Browns that takes a distant second to the goal of cultivating a New Balance Blue And Orange Shoes
that are not harmful, not abusive.I also believe there are theoretical reasons why, as a Christian, it makes sense to support healthy polygamous practices. It a natural extension for those Christians who support same sex marriage on theological grounds. But even for those opposed to same sex marriage, polygamy is documented in the Bible, thereby giving its existence warrant.Some might say that supporting polygamy means supporting the abuse of women. But saying that it is OK for Christians to support plural marriage is not the same as saying that they should condone its abusive practices. Indeed, Christians should not, and cannot, do this.MORE ON CNN: It time to reconsider polygamyIt does mean, though, that there is room for Christians to support the right of consenting adults to make choices about marriage that align with their religious beliefs in a country that prides itself on religious freedom.Through their television show, the Browns helped America learn that polygamists are just like the rest of us they dress like us, go to public school like us, eat at Olive Garden like us they just have more people committed to one another than the rest of our families do.Finally, like us, they want to practice their faith. And as long as that practice is in the service of cultivating loving, healthy relationships that strive to honor God and neighbor, I believe it is possible for even nonpolygamous Christians such as myself to support their calling.St. Louis area officer fired after Facebook comments on Ferguson protestsSt. Louis area officer fired after Facebook comments on Ferguson protestsUpdated: Saturday, August 30 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014 08 30 17:26:16 GMT(CNN) A St. Louis area police officer has been fired after making what his chief called "very concerning and inappropriate" Facebook comments on the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, according to a city official."These protesters should be put down like a rabid dog the first night," Matthew Pappert, a police officer in the city of Glendale, wrote in one post, according to CNN affiliate KMOV. Louis area police officer has been fired after making what his chief called "very concerning and inappropriate" Facebook comments on the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, according to a city official."These protesters should be put down like a rabid dog the first night," Matthew Pappert, a police officer in the city of Glendale, wrote in one post, according to CNN affiliate KMOV.
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