My e-mail to author of news article “HBO’s ‘Big Love’ shows polygamists are people, too”
Robert, I just wanted to bring to your attention some errors in your article “HBO’s ‘Big Love’ shows polygamists are people, too.” In short, “watching a Mormon” is factually incorrect. A Mormon is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If you are not a member of the
LDS Church , you are not a Mormon. If a Mormon decided to practice polygamy, their membership in the LDS Church would end, i.e., they would be excommunicated, and thus cease to be Mormon. Point in fact, there are no “Mormons” in “Big Love.”
Second, there is no such thing as a “Mormon Fundamentalist.” So even if a polygamist claims to be a “Mormon Fundamentalist,” they are also factually incorrect. The
LDS Church issued the following:
6 March 2006
President Gordon B. Hinckley’s stated the following about polygamy in the Church’s October 1998 general conference:
“I wish to state categorically that this Church has nothing whatever to do with those practicing polygamy. They are not members of this Church. Most of them have never been members. They are in violation of the civil law. They know they are in violation of the law. They are subject to its penalties. The Church, of course, has no jurisdiction whatever in this matter.
“If any of our members are found to be practicing plural marriage, they are excommunicated, the most serious penalty the Church can impose. Not only are those so involved in direct violation of the civil law, they are in violation of the law of this Church. An article of our faith is binding upon us. It states, ‘We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law’ (Articles of Faith 1:12). One cannot obey the law and disobey the law at the same time.
“There is no such thing as a ‘Mormon Fundamentalist.’ It is a contradiction to use the two words together.”
And so far the weirdest thing about the fictional drama isn’t watching a Mormon pop Viagras to keep up with his three wives, or how a “prophet” is poisoning his followers with arsenic. The oddest aspect of “Big Love” is how it makes polygamy feel so normal.