Despite scoffs, polygamy does follow same-sex ‘marriage’

Among serious Catholics in our riding, Tony Martin is known as “the Irish Souper.” This is not a reference to our MP’s former position with Sault Ste. Marie’s soup kitchen.  Rather, it refers to the Irish immigrant and one-time Catholic seminarian’s vote on BillC-38.

Like certain Irishmen during the Great Potato Famine, the NDP MP betrayed his Catholic faith.  He did so, like the Irish Soupers, to curry the favour of his political overlord. Whereas Christ warns that it profits a man nothing to gain the whole world if he loses his soul in the process, Martin sold his soul for a backbench in Canada’s fourth party.

When it came time to debate during the third and final reading on Bill C-38, Martin stood up in the House of Commons and said: “Eighty-seven per cent of Canadians live in a province or territory in which equal (same-sex) ‘marriages’ are conducted today. Husbands still love their wives. No faith has been forced to perform a ceremony it didn’t want to. Polygamy has not sprouted.”

Oops … better add the biblical designation “false prophet” to the Irish Souper’s already unimpressive resume. Barely a year has passed since Martin gave the above speech in the House of Commons. Yet, as Daphne Bramham reported in the April 7 edition of the Vancouver Sun, “By all accounts, the first same-sex ‘marriage’ in the polygamous community of Bountiful in southeastern B.C. was a quiet, women-only affair on a Tuesday evening in early December.”

Even by proponents of the homosexual agenda, this was no ordinary wedding. To begin, both brides belong to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). For those unschooled in the history of Mormon splinter groups, the FLDS still practise polygamy.

It just happens that the brides were wives number 18 and 22 of Winston Blackmore, a leading member of the FLDS. Each had gone through a Mormon wedding ceremony with Blackmore while still young. Between them, they would bear nine of Blackmore’s children.

Nevertheless, there is one notable difference between the two brides: Shelina Palmer is Canadian, having been born to one of Boundary’s polygamous families. On the other hand, Lorraine Johnson is an American who was sent north by her family to marry Blackmore.  Canadian authorities are reportedly uncertain about the legality of Lorraine’s immigration. This incident comes at a time when Immigration Canada is reportedly trying to deport several of Blackmore’s American wives.

Of course, marrying a Canadian citizen is an easy way for a foreigner to shortcut the immigration process.  This might work if the foreigner was not an 18th wife attempting to remain in a state that only recognizes her husband’s first marriage. Nor will her religion allow her to find another husband, since FLDS polygamy does not extend to multiple husbands.

Hence, the convenience of same-sex “marriage” for members of this polygamous sect. “Whether wittingly or not,” Bramham observes, “what these two young women have done is link polygamy and same-sex ‘marriage’ in a way that no one – neither evangelical Christian opponents of same-sex ‘marriage’ nor gay-rights activists – could ever have imagined.”

This is not true of evangelicals and faithful Catholics, many of whom predicted same-sex “marriage” would lead to polygamy. Some raised the issue in the House of Commons as concerned members of Parliament.  Many more raised this issue on Parliament Hill during as series of protests.

Yet, Bramham’s observation is certainly true of Tony Martin. One need only return to the MP’s words a year earlier. He clearly mocks people of faith for pointing out the link between same-sex “marriage” and polygamy. Having now been proven wrong, the Irish Souper still refuses to admit the church is right. He still refuses to admit that society cannot redefine marriage into something marriage is not, at least not without undermining marriage as an institution or destabilizing society as a whole.

This raises another troubling question, namely, where else has Martin’s omniscience failed? To answer this question, I turned to an excellent book written by Andrea Moore-Emmett. The title of the book is God’s Brothel and it is published by Pince-Nez Press. The book’s subtitle accurately describes the contents as follows: “The extortion of sex for salvation in contemporary Mormon and Christian fundamentalist polygamy and the stories of 18 women who escaped.

“Their stories include rape, incest, orgies and violence, making this form of polygamy more akin to sexual slavery than to any quaint religious or lifestyle choice,” states the back cover. Having read the entire book and corresponded with some of the women, I can assure you these cover blurbs are no exaggeration.

Unfortunately, they foreshadow where our society is headed, should Canadians fail to take back marriage. As my Irish cleaning lady use to say, “If you sip soup with the devil, you better use a very long spoon.”