Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
Secrets and Wives: The Hidden World of Mormon Polygamy
Reading a book on the Mormons. Segments of the Mormon faith maintain that polygamy is necessary, although the mainstream church disavows the practice (may it be a given that mainstream faith will obey all laws).
From a certain logical standpoint, the laws against polygamy are at least inconsistent. In most states, it's not a crime -- or not much of one -- to take a mistress, so in the case of polygamy, it's not the behavior, but the semantics that are being legislated and punished.
I'm surprised to see there are some states where adultery is a felony. Vengeful ex's with money to burn on lawyers: take note. No need to "[take a] Louisville slugger to both headlights," when you can have him put in prison.