Monday, September 21, 2009

The Polygamy Tours

The USA Today reports on an interesting idea for domestic travel.

Former members of a polygamous church are offering outsiders a guided tour with promises to answer questions about the history and traditions of the community.

Richard Holm and his brother Heber Holm are among those who are launching "The Polygamy Experience: A Guided Tour of Colorado City." The first tour is Saturday.

Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah are twin towns controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The four-hour tour will include accounts from those who have lived in the towns. Richard Holm was exiled from the FLDS faith in 2003 by church leader Warren Jeffs. Heber Holm left the community 35 years ago.

I've been quite fascinated by the story of Warren Jeffs. I tend to oppose government intervention in the private lives of citizens, but in his case I came to believe he was abusing women and children and hiding behind the tenets of his religion to justify it.

What's your opinion? Do you think these sects which practice arranged marriage between middle aged men and teenage and sometimes pre-teen girls are legit? Is there a place for polygamy in our society? Even though it violates laws, in the privacy of people's homes, assuming only adults are involved is this practice acceptable.

What do you think?

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