In case you haven’t been keeping up, Texas State Troopers and DFPS raided a compound in Eldorado earlier this month upon the threat of child sexual abuse. The Compound, known by those who live there as the YFZ or Yearning for Zion Ranch, belongs to a group identifying themselves as Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS.
The FLDS is a group known mostly for polygamy. Our local paper, the Waco Tribune-Herald, carried an article last week about polygamy, and how common it is. Most polygamists fly well under the radar, don’t group themselves into compounds, and according to the article, lead relatively “normal” lives.
Rather than discussing what a “normal” life looks like, I’d like to take this a different direction. What if some people are predisposed toward polygamy?
Do laws against polygamy unfairly burden people who may have been “born that way?”
If polygamy were legalized, and thus regulated, would the state have a better method of limiting abuse in such families?
Only half my tongue is my my cheek as I ask these questions.