Polygamy Tag

24 Sep 2009 Legalized Polygamy on our Doorstep

Legalized Polygamy on our Doorstep: All the More Reason for a Royal Commission on the Family By Mark Penninga (First published in Reformed Perspective Magazine, 2009) Nearly hidden in the Creston Valley of South Eastern British Columbia is a Mormon community called Bountiful. For years it has been a well-known fact that polygamy is alive and well in Bountiful. The residents may have wanted privacy, but the media continually reported on the goings-on of this fundamentalist sect. Finally, in January of this year, the RCMP charged Winston Blackmore and Jim Oler, two leaders in Bountiful, with practicing polygamy. After all, Section 293 of Canada’s Criminal Code clearly prohibits it. Why did it take so long to intervene? The BC Attorney General, Wally Oppal, knew very well that the law against polygamy may not hold up to a Charter challenge. According to an article from the Institute for Canadian Values, he stated “There's been some suggestions that if two or more women want to marry a man, or vice versa, and they all do it by consent, what business does the state have intervening in that?"
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24 Sep 2009 Polygamy charges against Bountiful leaders dropped

ARPA Note: Read our article "Polygamy on the Doorstep" by clicking here. It includes the action item calling on our government officials to conduct a Royal Commission on the Family.  CTV.ca News Staff, Wed Sep. 23 2009: A British Columbia court has thrown out polygamy charges against two controversial religious leaders in the province. Winston Blackmore and James Oler were arrested and charged with one count of polygamy earlier this year. [Keep reading this article here.] ...

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25 Mar 2009 Tories prepared to stand ground on polygamy: documents

By Andrew Mayeda, Canwest News ServiceOTTAWA - The Harper government is prepared to defend the constitutionality of Canada's criminal ban against polygamy, arguing the practice represents a "clear challenge" to Canadian values, newly released federal documents show. In January, the RCMP charged Winston Blackmore and Jim Oler, two prominent members of a fundamentalist Mormon sect in Bountiful, B.C., with practising polygamy. Since then, Mr. Blackmore's lawyer has vowed to cite his client's religious freedom as a defence, leading some legal and constitutional experts to speculate the case could go all...

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09 Mar 2009 Polygamy Concerns Brought to Ottawa

ARPA Note: Our director was able to take in the presentation by Charles McVety and Farzana Hassan (see picture on right) while in Ottawa last week for the ARPA event. The speakers did a good job of highlighting the dangers associated with the legalization of polygamy, but also made the point that the current legal perspective on marriage has opened up the doors to this.
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23 Jan 2009 Same-sex “Marriage” Used as Defense in Canadian Polygamy Case

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski CRESTON, British Columbia, January 22, 2009 (LifeSIteNews.com) - Canada's same-sex "marriage" law is being used as justification for polygamy by defense lawyers in the case of Winston Blackmore, 52, and James Oler, 44. The pair are leaders of the controversial polygamous sect in Bountiful, near Creston, British Columbia, and are accused of being married to more than one woman at a time.
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23 Jan 2009 Polygamy – Is it for Everyone?

How long will it take until the Supreme Court has a decision? Can an argument of “religious freedom” succeed in removing polygamy from the Criminal Code? Here are some answers.by Don Hutchinson - EFC (From Christianity.ca) Charges have been laid. Debate in the media occupies page after page, both print and electronic. The issue will proceed into the courts in a process likely to take years to unfold. Over the last few days, some of the questions most asked have been the following: [continue reading this article here.]...

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