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July 4, 2004 - Christian Polygamy 'Movement' is 10 Years Old

Date: Jul 04, 2004
Word Count: 400 words
Cross-Reference: Christian Polygamy movement,Independence Day

On this Independence Day, 2004, the new social movement of Christian Polygamy is ten years old.

Old   Orchard   Beach,   Maine   --   Christian   Polygamy   supporters   are   celebrating   this   particular   Independence   Day   with   genuine   optimism.     Their   new   social   movement   is   ten   years   old   today. 
This   is   not   about   Mormons   either.    
Mark   Henkel,   national   polygamy   advocate   and   founder   of   the   Christian   Polygamy   organization,,   explained,   "Polygamous   marriage   dates   as   far   back   as   the   Biblical   book   of   Genesis.     Christian   Polygamy   generally   involves   just   everyday   conservative   Christians,   based   only   on   the   Bible.     We   have   absolutely   no   connection   and   no   history   with   the   Latter   Days   Saints   whatsoever." 
Ten   years   ago,   on   July   4,   1994,   Henkel   published   the   first   issue   of   the   southern   Maine   conservative   Christian   newspaper,   The   Standard   Bearer.     From   that   issue   forward,   the   essential   arguments     --   showing   that   polygyny   is   Scriptural   --   were   established.     The   movement   was   born. 
Those   arguments   caught   on   among   other   conservative   Christians.     Within   the   next   three   years,   those   argumentations   spread   to   the   internet,   and   the   TruthBearer   website   replaced   the   newspaper. 
As   the   internet   itself   grew   in   the   mid-1990s,   the   website   similarly   grew.     More   and   more   like-minded   Christians   discovered   that   they   are   not   alone   in   seeing   the   Scripturality   of   Christian   Polygamy.   quickly   became   a   cross-denominational   organization   of   activists,   with   its   lofty   mission   of   bringing   Christian   Polygamy   to   the   churches.     The   media   conducted   numerous   interviews   with   the   organization. 
The   movement   got   an   additional   boost   in   2003,   when   the   U.S.   Supreme   Court   decided   Lawrence   v.   Texas.     That   case   seemed   to   indicate   that   anti-polygamy   laws   could   be   unconstitutional. 
The   case   regularly   intrigues   many   Christians   to   start   searching   out   the   issue   of   polygamy   in   the   Bible. 
"That   search   leads   them   to   us,"   said   Henkel.     "To   their   surprise,   they   discover   that   polygyny   is   provably   Biblical,   that   Bible-believing   Christians   do   see   it   (whether   or   not   choosing   to   marry   polygynously),   that   we   are   absolutely   not   Mormon,   and   that   --   with   love-not-force   --   we   really   do   preach   only   Christ-like   selfless   love   for   women." 
Ten   years   ago,   the   words,   "Christian"   and   "polygamy,"   together   would   have   been   perceived   as   an   oxymoron.   But   now   "Christian   Polygamy"   is   a   recognized   social   movement.     It   has   even   been   begrudgingly   acknowledged   by   such   Christian   organizations   as   the   Traditional   Values   Coalition   and   by   such   renowned   individuals   as   Jerry   Falwell. 
"Not   bad   for   a   movement   that's   only   ten   years   old   today,"   said   Henkel.   "     In   just   ten   more   years,   Christian   leaders   could   likely   be   thanking   Christian   Polygamy   for   our   faithfulness.     Legalized   anti-polygamy   tyranny   could   just   be   history.     And   together   we   all   could   celebrate   this   double   significance   of   Independence   Day." 


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