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As the public focuses on a subject it has not confronted for
generations, the hazards of polygamy are likely to sink in. In
time, debating polygamy will remind us why our ancestors were right
to abolish it. The question is whether the debate will reach its
stride soon enough to prevent polygamy
from winning a lazy acquiescence that it in no way deserves.
*Author's note: My wording left some readers
under the impression that the modern Mormon church may endorse or
practice polygamy. It does not. I should have made clearer that I
was referring to certain people who claim to be Mormons, not to the
church or mainstream practice.
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Jonathan Rauch is a senior writer and columnist for National Journal and a frequent contributor to Reason. The article was originally published by National Journal.