Ann over at writes me, " It's no surprise I suppose... but we have had 'insiders' tell us that Muslim refugees are coming into the US with multiple wives. The "extra" wives are listed as "sisters" or other close relatives and are settled in the same community as the "husband" by refugee resettlement agencies. Here is a good post Judy did today on an excellent article by David Rusin of Pajamas Media on the subject of Muslim polygamy ". Our lawmakers must know this is unacceptable. A sharia compliant USA is unacceptable.
The reason this barbaric practice has been able to establish itself in ostensibly civilized countries is twofold: Officals look the other way, and Muslims engage in deceptive practices to cover it up. A year ago the New York Times reported on a house fire in Brooklyn, during which it was discovered that a man from Mali had two separate families living a floor apart. The Times investigated and found that polygamy was an “open secret” in that community and that the agencies that served it had a policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
As for deception by the practitioners,
Some Muslim men with additional wives living abroad arrange for relatives to sponsor visas that can bring them to the West without raising red flags. Others find second, third, or even fourth wives locally, sealing the deal in a nikah ceremony conducted by an imam. Because such marriages are performed under the state’s radar and have no legal standing, the wives enjoy none of the rights guaranteed to spousal partners.
Why are we accomodating polygamy? Here’s an indication of one reason:
Concern about Islamic polygamy — whether in the West or East — has naturally been dismissed in some quarters as cultural imperialism. For example, Duke University professor Miriam Cooke argues that “polygamy can be liberating and empowering.” As Kay Hymowitz explains in City Journal, “Some women, [Cooke] continued, are relieved when their husbands take a new wife: they won’t have to service him so often. Or they might find they now have the freedom to take a lover. But, I ask, wouldn’t that be dangerous in places where adulteresses can be stoned to death? At any rate, how common is that? ‘I don’t know,’ Cooke answers, ‘I’m interested in discourse.’”
Yup, it’s that old cultural imperialism raising its ugly head again. Polygamy would be loudly denounced by feminists if their husbands or partners tried it, but it’s just fine for second-class Muslim women.
Britain and Canada have begun giving welfare to the other wives in polygamous marriages. Both countries require the marriages to be legal and valid in Muslim countries. This is official government recognition of the institution of polygamy within their borders.
There are many reasons to keep polygamy illegal and unrecognized in civilized countries. It sanctions and codifies inequality. It undermines our legal system and our values. It is a foot in the door for Islamic Sharia law. And socially,
Nonie Darwish and Phyllis Chesler have noted that polygamy, when combined with other misogynistic provisions of sharia, breeds societal dysfunction. Plural unions not only inspire distrust between spouses and heightened competition among offspring. Children also learn from an early age that females are unworthy of exclusive affection and therefore hold less value than males. Moreover, if common, polygamy creates legions of unhappily unmarried young men who are ripe for radicalization.
Read it all.