Meet the Polygamists
Well, I am from an orthodox country and polygamy is unusual for us, so much more when it refers to Christians. But we are open-minded enough to accept other ways of living. However, in one episode I noticed something psychologically interesting: Mr. Cawley said he wants to extend the house because he had a vision about he must have 7 wives and a lot of kids; in the same time all the 3 present wives understand that he wants to extend the house for them, not for other women. I think, althought people are born and raised in this cult, for many generations ago, a woman heart never accept 100% to share a man. And it is suffering everytime a new wife comes into the family. And I think Mr. Cawley lies about his visions; he simply likes to have many wives, as a man, not as a believer. It is acceptable any decision about life, but it is honourable to be based on free-willing not on fake atitude, lie and suffering.
Yes, I know some polygamist families are on Gov. assistance and in that case it is an unfair drain on society when a man can't provide for the family he chooses and is responsible for. HOWEVER, we don't know the stats on that point within the Centennial Park community. What we have been shown seems to be families working and sacrificing together to be independent. Until I know more I won't judge on that point.
While I would pray and do all that I could to convince my Daughter NOT to get involved in a polygamist situation (an abusive situation in my opinion) I do believe these people to be sincere in their convictions. When you see people striving to live in the way they believe pleases God, you respect their integrity- even if you don't agree with them. I find it fascinating to watch how people live out this dysfunctional ( in my view) way of life and admire their determination to live as they believe is right. At the same time I am sad for everyone involved- especially the women and children.
I too have heard the info about food stamps and welfare. Not sure where info originated. I have found the show to be informative although I am not sure how accurate. I do not agree with their fundamental beliefs, but respect their beliefs and family unity. However, I do not agree with raising children with the understanding that it is acceptable to choose which laws to break. It cannot be acceptable within a country, to have whole segments of that country disobeying the law.
.Regarding the Cawleys. I do not understand why as fundamentalists, they choose which parts of the Bible they will adhere to. In the Old Testament husbands provided for their families.but Mr. Cawley wants to overpopulate the world and send his sister wives out to bring home the bacon. And I was aghast at his solution for extra bedrooms (shipping containers ). God help if there is ever a catastrophe, fire, flood. etc. Where is the egress? I guess there are no building codes.
I noticed that Isaiah,his "wives", and their children, do not wear seat belts. What's up with that??
Please let people know these families often are on WELFARE AND FOOD-STAMPS! Since they are not legally married the women are considered single and unemployed. So, we are supporting their life-style!!! They think they are hurting no one and will say they are not all the while sucking up as much gov. aide as they can get... Let them marry legally and stop paying them to live like this!!!!
@audra miller Obviously you didn't do your "homework". You, like so many others, jump to the conclusion that because they have so many children, they HAVE to be on food stamps. Many of the wives hold down jobs. While they may not eat "like kings", they are able to provide for their children all the food they need. The only social service they take advantage of is insurance for their children. The same as many people do in this country. Just being able to legally marry will not change anything. Many married couples and single mothers abuse the system of services that are in place to help people. So how is marriage going to make a difference?
Before you post, get the facts. Judge not, lest ye be judged.
@audra miller - that is a very biased, judgmental & uneducated comment Audra.