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Polygamy Poll Results Caused by Moral Relativism and Media Bias

Date: May 17, 2005
Word Count: 850 words
Cross-Reference: Gallup poll, polygamy, moral relativism


A Gallup poll showing polygamy viewed as "immoral" is the result of unbiblical Catholic and Protestant moral relativism and unprincipled media bias.

The   Gallup   organization   released   a   new   poll   on   May   16,   2005,   titled,   "Society's   Moral   Boundaries   Expand   Somewhat   This   Year."     The   question   of   polygamy   was   included   among   a   number   of   different   "moral   issues"   presented   in   the   poll.     While   some   moral   issues   were   reported   to   have   rising   "moral   acceptance"   from   previous   years,   polygamy   was   reported   as   having   a   steady   disapproval   rate   of   92   percent.   To   pro-polygamists,   including   (non-Mormon)   Christian   polygamists,   such   results   are   no   surprise   -   simply   reflecting   Catholic-initiated   and   Protestant-continued   moral   relativism   and   a   mostly   biased   media   that   perpetuates   it. 
 
The   term,   "moral   relativism,"   usually   refers   to   the   belief   that   moral   truth   is   "relative."     It   involves   a   perception   that   absolute   truth   -   as   in   the   Bible   -   is   somehow   not   truth   whenever   individuals   or   modernity   choose   to   believe   otherwise.     Typically,   conservatives   use   the   term   to   describe   how   liberals   view   doctrines   of   the   Bible.     Even   so,   anti-polygamy   doctrine   reveals   that   even   most   conservatives   employ   moral   relativism,   too   -   ignoring   what   the   Bible   actually   says   about   the   issue.     (This   has   nothing   to   do   with   Mormonism.) 
 
Indeed,   when   one   seriously   studies   both   history   and   the   Bible,   it   becomes   quickly   evident   that   anti-polygamy   doctrine   is   a   visible   example   of   such   moral   relativism.     Polygamy   can   be   found   repeatedly   throughout   the   Bible.     Not   only   is   polygamy   never   called   a   sin   in   the   Bible,   but   there   are   actually   verses   specifically   regulating   it.     And   there   are   numerous   important   Biblical   heroes   who   were   God-blessed   polygamists   -   including   Abraham,   Israel,   Moses,   and   David.     Accordingly,   for   Christians   who   sincerely   believe   that   the   Bible   is,   in   fact,   the   absolute   truth,   then   accepting   anti-polygamy   doctrine   is,   by   definition,   an   example   of   true   moral   relativism. 
 
Actual   anti-polygamy   doctrine   only   originates   from   the   purported-to-be   "infallible"   popes   of   the   Catholic   institution   -   it   never   came   from   the   Bible   itself.     Protestants,   bringing   on   the   Reformation   by   declaring   that   "sola   Scriptura"   (i.e.,   "only   Scripture")   must   be   the   foundation   for   understanding   the   absolute   truth   of   doctrine,   nevertheless   decided   to   continue   the   unbiblical   Catholic   anti-polygamy   dogma   anyway.     So,   by   embracing   and   choosing   such   Catholic   tradition   over   the   Bible   on   the   polygamy   issue,   many   early   Protestants   ultimately   decided   against   believing   in   the   absolute   truth   of   the   Scriptures   after   all. 
 
In   direct   contradiction   with   the   Reformation   battle   cry   for   "sola   Scriptura,"   Protestant   moral   relativism   simply   embraced   such   Catholic   moral   relativism. 
 
When   many   of   those   Reformation-era   Protestants   ultimately   fled   to   America   to   escape   the   persecution   of   the   Catholic   institution   (and   ultimately   forming   the   United   States),   they   unfortunately   transported   that   Catholic-initiated   moral   relativism   with   them. 
 
Consequently,   many   of   today's   American   Protestants   actually   still   reject   the   absolute   truth   of   the   Bible   in   favor   of   their   own   moral   relativism   of   unbiblical   anti-polygamy   dogma.     Thereby   rejecting   the   actual   Reformation's   battle   cry   of   "sola   Scriptura"   (as   did   their   historical   forebears   before   them),   such   blatant   Protestant   moral   relativism   is   still     -   all   these   centuries   later   -   demonstrating   a   continued   obedience   to   papal   authority   and   Catholic   moral   relativism.    
 
So   much   for   being   Protestant. 
 
So   much   for   the   Reformation. 
 
Refusing   to   let   go   of   such   unbiblical   tradition,   many   Protestants   continued   the   Catholic   moral   relativism   forward.     Anti-polygamy   mostly   escaped   the   original   Reformation,   advancing   as   Protestant   moral   relativism. 
 
So   a   Gallup   poll   in   May   2005   arrives,   indicating   that   92   percent   of   the   population   think   that   somehow   polygamy   is   immoral.     With   such   rampant   moral   relativism,   that   is   no   surprise   there! 
 
Moreover,   that   Gallup   poll   revealed   even   more   hypocrisy   and   further   moral   relativism.     According   to   the   poll,   66   percent   found   divorce   "morally   acceptable,"   58   percent   accepted   unmarried   sexual   activity,   and   54   percent   had   no   moral   issue   with   births   without   married   parents.     The   dichotomy   of   those   results,   in   combination   with   the   results   about   polygamy,   could   not   be   more   humorous   -   so   upside-down. 
 
What   a   juxtaposition!     Unbiblical   non-marriage   situations   are   easily   viewed   as   "morally   acceptable"   while   the   intensity,   maturity,   and   profound   responsibility   of   the   "super-marriage"   matter   of   biblical   polygamy   are   simultaneously   viewed   as   immoral.       Go   figure. 
 
Talk   about   moral   relativism! 
 
And   much   of   the   media   plays   right   into   that   moral   relativism   with   an   unapologetic   bias.     Indeed,   with   the   exception   of   the   rare,   genuinely-principled   news   media   sources,   most   of   the   media   appear   only   interested   in   misrepresenting   polygamy. 
 
Notwithstanding   the   few   good   exceptions,   when   it   comes   to   reporting   about   polygamy,   a   vast   majority   of   the   media   employ   one   or   two   of   the   standard   irresponsible   journalism   tactics   -   unrestrained   sensationalism   and   story-framing.       Either   they   will   only   report   sensationalistic   "horror   stories"   which   might   have   some   anecdotal   "polygamy-related"   connection   to   terrify   people   about   polygamy,   or   they   will   "frame"   a   story   into   their   own   misinformed,   pre-determined,   yet   manufactured   story-line. 
 
But   such   irresponsible   media   will   do   nothing   else.     No   matter   how   loudly   normal   pro-polygamy   activists   try   to   "shout   out   their   genuine   perspectives   from   the   rooftops,"   biased   media   purposely   refuse   to   let   the   truth   of   their   actual   story   be   told.    
 
Consequently,   most   people   never   even   get   to   learn   the   real   truth   about   normal   pro-polygamists.     And   without   such   knowledge,   many   simply   continue   on   blindly   in   their   own   moral   relativism. 
 
So   the   poll   results   bring   no   surprise.     It   is   a   matter   of   course   that   uninformed   people   view   unbiblical   things   as   morally   acceptable   while   simultaneously   perceiving   that   biblical   polygamy   is   somehow   immoral. 
 
Aided   by   media   bias,   it's   all   just   moral   relativism. 


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Bibliographic URLs:

http://washingtontimes.com/national/20050516-103328-3590r.htm 
 
http://www.gallup.com/content/?ci=16318 
 
http://www.biblicalpolygamy.com 
 
http://www.biblicalpolygamy.com/exegesis/if-he-take-another-wife/ 
 
http://www.biblicalpolygamy.com/exegesis/if-a-man-have-two-wives/ 
 
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/nation/11471410.htm 




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