In the book Under the Banner of Heaven, author Jon Krakauer exhaustively produces mountains of evidence that show how many polygamists who follow the original teachings of Joseph Smith abuse and ignore federal laws, defraud the government of tax money, condemn the Mormon church’s abandonment of plural marriage, and frequently participate in statutory rape and sex slavery. Oh, and I’m not even mentioning the central case of the story: how a woman and her infant daughter were brutally murdered by the woman’s brothers-in-law because she had the temerity to leave her husband when he wanted a second wife.
But no, look! Over here! It’s a reality show on TLC about polygamy! Look how cute and happy they are! Everyone is a delicate beautiful snowflake, and we should accept people’s religious practices regardless of what they do!
Robin: “Wives, they work together as a team. And I want to be a part of that team.”
Counterpoint: F*ck you, TLC.
[via The Live Feed]