In 1998, when Kevin and I first started Walter Martin Ministries, I became fascinated with early Mormon history and spent a great deal of time reading firsthand accounts of life with Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.
The whole experience was like watching a trainwreck--so unbelievably awful--and yet I couldn't look away. Voices from the past told horrific stories of the pain of polygamy; stories of young wives tortured and young men castrated, all in the name of polygamy, and my only comfort at the time was the thought that at least it was over.
Naive? Yes, but what can I say? It simply never dawned on me that our government would tolerate such a cruel practice, at least not in large numbers.
But it did . . . and 10 years later, it still does.
During my research in 1998, I had the opportunity to interview a former polygamist named Vicky Prunty, who repeated in painful detail the same story told by so many Mormon women 100 years before her. I was fortunate enough to be able to share some of this interview--along with my research--in an article called The Pain of Polygamy. You can read it here:
And now, at long last, someone in the United States Government thinks we should actually do something about the illegal practice of polygamy. It only took them 118 years to get around to doing it.
Senate committee to hold hearing on polygamy
By Michelle Roberts (AP, July 16, 2008)
San Antonio, USA - A hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee next week will focus on coordinating a state and federal response to polygamy in the wake of a raid and bungled custody case in Texas. http://wwrn.org/article.php?idd=29078
Yes, mistakes were made down in Texas, but I have to commend the Texas Child Protective Services for having the guts to do what no one else would do--stop the abuse inherent in polygamy.
In America today, law abiding citizens get pulled over for a bad tail light, but it's okay for multi-million dollar U.S. Government Defense Contracts to be awarded to a "ranch" full of outlaw polygamists.
Go figure . . . truth is stranger than fiction. That's life in America.
And now, finally, someone is looking into this. I hope they follow it through to the bitter end. And it will be terribly bitter and very, very expensive . . . those million dollar defense contracts can pay for quite a few high buck Washington lawyers.