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  1. 1. Polygamy In The United States
  2. 2. What is Polygamy? <ul><li>Translated literally in late Greek, means “often married” </li></ul><ul><li>However, this term has really come to mean the having more than one spouse at the same time. </li></ul><ul><li>The most common form of polygamy is “ polygyny ”- the marriage of a man to several women . </li></ul>What is Polygamy?
  3. 3. <ul><li>Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) - Religion started by Joseph Smith in 1830. This religious group practiced polygamy until 1890 when it was outlawed. </li></ul><ul><li>FLDS - Church of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints. This group broke off from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints due to differing beliefs. As a fundamentalist group, they are still practicing polygamy, ignoring the laws against it. </li></ul><ul><li>Warren Jeffs - Considered the prophet of the FLDS from 2007-2011. He is the successor to his father Rulon Jeffs who was the prophet of the FLDS before him. He has 31 daughters and close to 70 wives and has become the infamous face of the abuses that can occur within a polygamist society. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Lost Boys” - Term Often used by social workers or those located outside of polygamist compounds, this term is used to identify the large number of young males that are banished from polygamist societies in order to artificially control the male population. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Where Does One see Polygamy? <ul><li>There is an estimated 30-50 Thousand people living this life style in the US. </li></ul><ul><li>A large majority of these people live in Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Texas, in sects that splintered from the Mormon Church such as the FLDS (Fundamentalists of Latter Day Saints) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Problems <ul><li>While many polygamist see their life style as a means of achieving a heavenly life after their service on Earth, their culture creates several problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete isolation  self policing, “brain washing” </li></ul><ul><li>Domination of males- all male profits </li></ul><ul><li>Women serve as status symbols of wealth, communal hierarchy to their male counter parts. </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual abuse of minors/ Young girls are married off as early as 15. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Problems <ul><li>Banishing of young boys from sects when they reach puberty to decrease male competition. </li></ul><ul><li>There ’s also the issue of inbreeding, which has caused high levels of children born with mental or physical health issues </li></ul><ul><li>Mass producing has increased the rates of male child birth above nations averages. (So how do they maintain an average rate of 2 women per men?) </li></ul><ul><li>Suspicions of infanticide (boys)/ Flora Jossep founder of Child Protection Services in Colorado City reported that over a 5 year span over 247 infant graves were dug. Accounting for over 56% of the death in the FLDS society. (Higher infinite mortality rate than Sub-Saharan Africa) </li></ul>