With near unanimous consent of the state's legislature, the state of Utah has decriminalized polygamy — with no fanfare, debate or resistance.
Governor Gary Herbert signed Senate Bill 102 into law March 28, making polygamy an infraction rather than a crime, taking all the bite out of its illegality. The penalty has been reduced to paying a fine and/or community service.
Although the Utah Constitution proclaims that polygamous or plural marriages are prohibited, objective observers of recent history can see this move as just one step from a change in the state's constitution and to full blown legality.
Taking a page from "same-sex marriage" advocates, Republican State Sen. Deidre M. Henderson, who introduced the bill, said in February that current law against polygamy is "a human rights crisis ... and we can't look the other way." She added, "We need to stop marginalizing a whole group of people in our state."
Utah's Libertas Institute called S.B. 102 the answer to "Utah's unique human rights crisis." Charlotte Erickson, a polygamist wife contends, "We can't be ourselves in public, we have to be something we're not. And we're just a normal healthy family."
No one should be surprised. The unraveling of natural marriage and the family has been top priority for the evil one to the disintegration of humanity, and human sexuality has been ground zero in the fight.
Sister Lucia, the main seer of Our Lady of Fatima, said, "The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family."
She added, "Don't be afraid, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue."
The two main causes of this erosion of the natural order can be found in the redefining of language and the redefining of sex. Both have surfaced on the popular level in the past half century, both are ingenious plans from hell, and neither would have had a chance had Catholics truly been Catholic.
No one should be surprised that supporters of polygamy, like their ideological cousins who support homosexuality and transgenderism, manipulate the language to change adjectives into nouns — indicating it is "who" someone is rather than what they "do" or "feel." They are said to "be" a group of people marginalized, who can't "be" themselves in public.
As soon as you change the verbiage this way, you've won the ideological battle, for you can't discriminate against "who" someone is. It's no coincidence that as soon as the Left was able to condition enough people to use the word "homosexual" as a noun to label people rather than a descriptor of actions or feelings, and hijacked the word "gay" to be used as a noun for the same purpose of creating personal identity, it wasn't long before you had "gay marriage."
"Persons who have same-sex attraction" sounds a lot different than "gay people." Transferring feelings to the status of immutable identity, like that of race or ethnicity, leaves no room for disordered desires and actions via objective morality. Likewise, polygamy has become such an identity for these advocates of "plural marriage." Anyone who falls into this verbal trap unwittingly contributes to their agenda.
The redefining of sex in people's minds went hand-in-hand with the manipulation of the language.
As soon as modern man took and ate the new forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge, hell broke loose on earth. That fruit is the contraceptive pill.
Of the first fruit in Eden God said, "If you eat of it you will die" (Genesis 2:17), and that's exactly what has happened to western society since consuming the birth control pill: Its abortifacient mechanism kills around 10 million tiny preborn children a year.
Its logic that makes pregnancy a "mistake" that needs to be "fixed" also contributed to 1.3 million preborn children a year in surgical abortion. Its logic of separating sex from marriage contributed to the creation of a fornication (premarital sex) culture that degrades marriage, which led to a divorce culture where half of all marriages break up. Further, it has led to a depopulation crisis in the Western world that has caused some governments to incentivize larger families since they are literally dying out.
Those who have listened carefully have been hearing a soft but steady drumbeat to make pedophilia acceptable, coming particularly from some academics.Looking at it from a legal standpoint, it's no coincidence that Griswold v. Connecticut in 1965 legalizing contraception, led to no-fault divorce in 1970, leading to half of all marriages ending in divorce, both of which led straight to Roe v. Wade in 1973, which led to over a third of Americans under 47 today being lost to abortion. And if there can be "choice" at the beginning of the lifecycle, why not the end? Several states and territories have since legalized physician-assisted suicide, and that train is moving slowly in only one direction. The contraceptive mentality of separating of sex from procreation further led to Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015.
The only two taboos St. Thomas Aquinas called "unnatural vices" that this slippery slope has not yet touched are incest and bestiality; and that is probably because of the deformity and disease that can come from these acts rather than the truth that they violate human nature and God's law.
We've come so far that we now believe that identifying with the opposite sex actually makes us that sex. As a cover for the scientific folly this manifests, the meaningless word "gender" has been created.
In the era of fearing nuclear holocaust with the Soviet Union, contraception, which ruptures the inseparable link of the unitive and procreative meanings of the marital act, has truly exploded into a culture of death, far worse that any nuclear bomb could have accomplished. The splitting of love has proven more deadly than the splitting of the atom.
In this, the age of insanity and culture of death, it is no wonder that polygamy has taken the next step toward legalization without much fanfare. It is a subtle aberration to the family and society compared to what we've already been through.