Thursday, August 4, 2011

If Warren Jeffs is a Rapist, Would it Be Okay If He Had One Wife?

I am strongly in favor of protecting people, especially minors, from predators. But I am weary of every headline about his trial, like this one, referring to Warren Jeffs as a polygamist. The story is about rape allegations, and yet the headline refers to Jeffs being a polygamist.

Have you ever seen these news agencies print a headline like, "Monogamist Rapes 15-Year-Old Neighbor?" Of course not. If Jeffs is a rapist, there is enough to condemn him. There is no need to perpetuate stereotypes about polygamists. Very few polygamists are rapists. Polygamy doesn't cause rape. Rapists cause rape. The only thing all polygamists have in common is being in, or wanting to be in, a marriage or set of marriages that involves more than two people.

UPDATE: According to today's verdict, Jeffs IS a rapist.
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