Religious Freedom Debate Sparked by Arrests in Canada?

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Charles Lewis, National Post Published: Wednesday, January 07, 2009
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1152461

The charges brought yesterday against two leaders in the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C., are likely the first steps in a process that could see Canada's anti-polygamy law struck down as unconstitutional.

Over the past two decades, four attorneys-general in British Columbia have been reluctant to lay a charge because of a fear that their cases would have no chance of surviving a religious freedom defence under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Polygamy charges laid against Bountiful, B.C. leaders

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Two leaders of a controversial religious sect in Bountiful, B.C. have been arrested and charged with polygamy.

Winston Blackmore and James Oler that been named the arrested, B.C. Attorney General Wally Oppal confirmed Wednesday.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090107/blackmore_a...

It looks like it is time for Canada to get off the fence!

Let the battle for the Charter of Rights and Freedom begin!

HBO Is Hiding Little About ‘Big Love’

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/06/business/media/06adco.html?_r=2&ref=media

FANS of shows like “24,” “Lost” and “Big Love” are finally being rewarded for their patience with new episodes. But given the long hiatuses between seasons and further delays because of the writers’ strike, some might have trouble remembering what they liked about these shows in the first place.

HBO’s “Big Love,” which last showed a new episode in August 2007, is beginning an aggressive ad campaign to remind its audience just what was happening to the polygamous Henrickson family. “The big challenge, quite frankly, is the fact that it’s been off the air for so long,” said Courteney Monroe, HBO’s executive vice president for consumer marketing.

Families adjust after lives at Texas polygamist compound upended

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Families adjust after lives at Texas polygamist compound upended
By Emily Ramshaw and Robert T. Garrett
The Dallas Morning News
Posted: 01/04/2009 12:30:00 AM MST

If it were up to Joseph and Lori Jessop, they would be back at their Yearning for Zion polygamist ranch in West Texas, not living in a vast San Antonio home with a hot tub and leather sofas.

Their three blond children clamoring around them — springing off trampolines and needing noses wiped and coats zipped up over matching outfits — mask the despair the Jessops say they feel over their detachment.

"The loneliness, you can't imagine it," Lori Jessop says. "This is not the life we chose."

Polygamous families adjust to outside life

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Polygamous families adjust to outside life
Published: Dec. 28, 2008 at 7:24 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Members of a polygamist sect in Texas say they are having a difficult time adjusting to life outside their ranch.

Joseph and Lori Jessop left their sect's ranch in Eldorado, Texas, after authorities raided it this year and removed hundreds of children, The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday.

The couple belongs to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. After the raid they moved to a subdivision in San Antonio, Texas.

"The loneliness, you can't imagine it," Lori said. "This is not the life we chose."

The family worships alone at home. The closest church members outside of the ranch live 20 miles away.

Interview With Anne Wilde, Principle Voices founder and Plural Wife

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Good time to repost this from 2008

http://poligazette.com/2008/06/03/the-other-polygamy/

Anne Wilde is a co-founder of Principle Voices, a leading polygamy advocacy group, and a member of the Utah Attorney General’s Safety Net Committee, an outreach organization created to work with polygamist families. She is also co-author (with Mary Batchelor and Marianne Watson) of Voices in Harmony: Contemporary Women Celebrate Plural Marriage.

We spoke by phone.

Anne Wilde was a plural wife for 33 years, until the death of her husband.

She doesn’t wear a prairie dress. She doesn’t live in an isolated compound. She holds a B.A. in Business Education and is a published author.

And she wants you to know she is not unusual.

A different brand of polygamy

Dry Valley, Utah: A growing community carves itself a home that includes plural marriage.

By Nancy Lofholm
The Denver Post

http://origin.denverpost.com/rapids/ci_9068699

There are times when travelers in this backside-of-nowhere expanse of desert in eastern Utah pull over on the sandy twist of road and train their binoculars on Bob Foster's rock.

What they see is like some sort of Flintstones mirage — a village built into a massive curve of jutting sandstone. And, as many folks have heard, there are some polygamists living here.

What would you do to restore the liberty this country originally guaranteed?


Point Blank: Would you be willing to involve yourself in an experiment of freedom if it led to a guarantee of your right to live your life as you see fit? The Free State Project forums have already been open and friendly to the idea of having polygynous neighbors in the Free State (New Hampshire). And already, the state has an existing air of freedom among its residents (The state motto being "Live Free or Die"). The one caveat is that it would be a "live and let live" society. That would mean having to live with others who may have different beliefs than you. It would mean not trying to legislate morality. It would mean living your life and allowing others to do likewise, in peace.

I've already signed the pledge and am involved in the project.
Please, join us in New Hampshire! Dare to live in freedom! Be one of The First 1000!

New Book 'Jesus, Mary and Child' Reveals the Original Encoded ‘Secret’

It has been speculated for quite some time by Christian, Mormon, and secular scholars and some religious leaders that Jesus was indeed married to Mary. Some others have gone as far as to suggest that he may have been married to more than just one woman.

Here is a Press Release for a new book that claims Jesus was also married to Martha. It is being released by Janet Tyson, who has a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, and is a Fellow of the University of British Columbia, Canada.

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New Book 'Jesus, Mary and Child' Reveals the Original Encoded ‘Secret’

Abolish state-sanctioned marriage

http://www.ocregister.com/
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Constitution aimed to protect religions from government interference

As it happens, although it should not be relevant to this article, I relay the following: I am happily married to a female. I believe in marriage between a man and a woman. I believe in God and believe that male and female union is a natural state and inspired by God. I believe this, or the path of celibate study, to be the highest roads. Additionally, I believe that divorce is not the ideal path. I have many religious beliefs.

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