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Another Anti-Polygamist Scholar is Discredited

     By: Mark Henkel
Date: Mar 08, 2013
Word Count: 1800 words
Cross-Reference: John Witte, Jr., anti-polygamy, bias


AUTHOR: Mark Henkel 
Mark Henkel is both the National Polygamy Advocate for the overall National Polygamy Rights Movement for Consenting Adults and the Founder of the TruthBearer.org organization, the non-Mormon, cross-denominational, Christian polygamy rights organization. He has been interviewed and reported by numerous major media in the United States, including FOX Business Network's "Stossel," ABC's "20/20," NBC's "TODAY Show," CourtTV (TruTV), 700 Club, Newsweek, Associated Press, Washington Times, and many more as noted at 
http://www.TruthBearer.org/media/. 

See www.NationalPolygamyAdvocate.com 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Another Anti-Polygamist Scholar is Discredited 
 
 
 
. . AN EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL REPORT 
 
 
. . . . . . . . . by 
 
 
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Henkel 
 
 
 
Copyright (C) 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 



Another anti-polygamist scholar, Professor John Witte, Jr., has discredited his academic credentials as well as the new book he is preparing to release this year – unwittingly revealing an apparent misogyny, transference, and insulting contempt for women, children, and men in a modern Western society.

Just   because   a   Professor   expresses   or   publishes   any   opinions,   it   does   not   mean   that   his   assertions   are   accurate,   unbiased,   or   even   scientifically   determined.     As   Professor   John   Witte,   Jr.,   of   Emery   University,   prepares   to   profit   off   of   the   growing   National   Polygamy   Rights   Movement   for   Consenting   Adults   for   his   own   personal   gain,   by   authoring   a   new   intentionally   anti-polygamy   book   purported   to   be   released   this   year,   he   continues   to   prove   this   point.    
 
As   the   National   Polygamy   Advocate,   I   (Mark   Henkel)   have   been   familiar   with   this   biased   anti-polygamist   for   some   time.     For   example,   in   a   speech   I   presented   two   years   ago,   titled,   "2   Professors'   Opinions   Not   Based   on   Any   Relevant   Evidence,"   Witte   was   one   of   the   two   Professors   exposed   for   unsupported   bias.   Both   Professor   Witte   and   another   professor   named   Joseph   Henrich   had   simply   declared   unscientific   assertions   to   fit   their   biases   against   polygamy,   while   self-cloaking   themselves   in   their   credentials   of   academia.       My   speech   even   exposed   how   the   other   Professor   Henrich   had   unwittingly   -   but   profoundly   -   discredited   an   assertion   made   by   Professor   Witte. 
 
In   his   January,   2011,   testimony   before   the   British   Columbia   Supreme   Court   in   Canada,   Witte   claimed   that   prohibitions   of   polygamy   are   pre-Christian   and   not   religious   in   formulation,   having   originated   in   Greek   city   states.     Thereby,   he   was   trying   to   remove   the   religious   connection   to   one-man/one-woman   dogma   -   which   is   Witte's   main   agenda. 
 
But   Henrich,   in   his   earlier   July,   2010,   written   testimony   before   the   same   Canadian   Court,   declared   about   the   Greek   city-states   that,   quote,   "all   accounts   in   that   time   suggest   that   polygyny   was   common,   at   least   among   the   nobility,   and   monogamy   was   a   strange   ‘Greek   idea'   (instituted   legally   in   the   early   6th   century   BCE   in   Athens).   While   Greek   monogamy   limited   each   male   citizen   to   a   single   wife,   it   was   considered   acceptable   to   import   sex   slaves,   which   wealthy   men   did."     So,   by   Henrich's   testimony   stating   that   that   "strange   'Greek   idea'"   did   not   even   prohibit   polygamy,   it   was   not   an   exclusivity   of   only   one-man/one-woman.     It   only   limited   marriage   for   poor   men   to   only   marry   one   local   woman   each;   it   was   neither   society-wide   nor   having   anything   to   do   with   contemporary   egalitarian   ideals.     As   Henrich's   testimony   unintentionally   revealed,   that   limited   "Greek   monogamy"   was,   ultimately,   just   a   simple   socialism/re-distribution   of   local   women   among   the   poor   men   –   excluding   the   nobility   and   foreign   women.     Hence,   that   Greek   experiment   -   on   which   Witte's   point   so   relied   -   is   actually   more   accurately   described   as   being   "one-poor-man/one-local-woman."   All   the   while,   as   Henrich   put   it,   "polygyny   was   common." 
 
As   a   publicity   preparation   for   his   forthcoming   book   this   year,   Witte   wrote   another   opinion   piece   that   was   published   at   the   Washington   Post   on   November   9th,   2012.     It   was   titled,   "Why   not   polygamy?"     Witte   posited   a   wildly   libelous,   imaginative,   and   wholly   unproven   assertion:   "I   argue   that   polygamy   is   dangerous   because   it   harms   women,   children,   and   men   alike,   and   will   allow   some   religious   communities   to   become   a   law   unto   themselves."     If   he   was   simply   stating   that   hysterical   assertion   as   only   being   his   opinion,   then   that   would   be   one   thing.       But   instead,   he   irresponsibly   exploited   his   academic   "credential"   as   a   Professor   to   imply   that   his   claim   is   somehow   factual   and   relevant,   saying,   "That's   what   Western   history   tells   us."     Witte   then   continued   the   claim:   "Western   writers   have   long   argued,   and   modern   studies   now   document,   that   polygamy   is   unjust   to   women   and   children   –   a   violation   of   their   fundamental   rights   and   dignity." 
 
Rather   than   use   any   relevant   evidence   to   support   such   wild   claims,   Witte   only   employed   the   same   anti-scientific   methodology   used   frequently   by   many   anti-polygamists.   He   merely   cited   unproven,   stereotypical   assertions   that   have   nothing   to   do   with   how   modern,   educated,   consenting   adults   in   a   Western   society   would   respond   to   having   the   choice   of   consenting   adult   polygamy. 
 
First   writing   about   women,   Witte   exposed   himself   as   an   unrealized   latent-misogynist   who   apparently   has   little   to   no   respect   whatsoever   for   the   intelligence,   strength,   and   capability   of   modern   women   in   Western   society.     Indeed,   ignoring   the   meanings   of   the   words,   "consenting"   and   "adult,"   his   claim   actually   insults   women   today.       Talking   about   polygamy,   Witte   actually   declared,   "Young   women   are   harmed   because   they   are   often   coerced   into   early   marriages   with   older   men.   Once   pushed   aside   for   a   rival   co-wife,   women   are   reduced   to   rival   slaves   within   the   household.   They   are   then   exploited   periodically   for   sex   and   procreation   by   emotionally   detached   husbands.   They   are   forced   to   make   do   for   themselves   and   their   children   with   dwindling   resources   as   still   other   women   and   children   are   added   to   the   household   against   their   wishes.   If   they   protest   their   plight,   if   they   resort   to   self-help,   if   they   lose   their   youthful   figure   and   vigor,   they   are   often   cast   out   of   their   homes   --   impoverished,   undereducated,   and   often   incapable   of   survival   without   serious   help   from   others."     To   actually   believe   that   hysterical   hyperbole,   Witte   is   apparently   convinced   that   women   in   a   modern   Western   society   are   just   too   stupid,   weak,   and   feeble-minded,   that   society   "must"   empower   a   paternalistic   government   to   protect   women   from   choosing   consenting   adult   polygamy!     Even   before   seeing   this   article   from   Witte,   a   sound-bite   I   created   in   a   keynote   speech   that   I   had   given   at   Yale   University   last   year,   titled,   "Repeal   Anti-Polygamy   Laws   for   Consenting   Adults,"   utterly   crushed   the   absurdity   of   Witte's   apparent   misogyny.   Explaining   how   supporting   anti-polygamy   requires   a   misogynistic   perspective,   I   loudly   and   strongly   refuted   such   offensive   male   chauvinism,   saying,   "Women   are   not   stupid!     They   are   not   weak!     They   are   not   feeble-minded!     They   are   not   incapable   of   asserting   their   equality   in   a   relationship!"   But   to   Witte   and   his   fellow   anti-polygamists,   their   consistent   view   relies   upon   perceiving   that   women   are   all   of   those   frail   things   (to   which   I   say,   God   forbid). 
 
Next   writing   about   children,   Witte   further   claimed   that   polygamy   is   harmful   to   the   polygamous   offspring.     Continuing   the   same   vein   of   his   seeming   misogyny   about   supposedly   stupid   and   weak   women   in   a   Western   society,   Witte   asserted   that,   in   a   polygamous   family,   the   one   man   supposedly   dominates   the   whole   family   so   authoritatively   that   polygamy   itself   allegedly   deprives   the   children   "of   healthy   models   of   authority   and   liberty,   equality   and   charity,   marital   love   and   fidelity."     But   as   I   also   said   in   that   aforementioned   Yale   speech,   "the   minute   that   that   guy   thinks   he   is   going   to   be   an   idiot,   they   [the   wives]   will   gang   up   on   him.     Hello?     Women   are   not   stupid!"     Contrary   to   Witte's   imaginations,   the   reality   is   that   any   man   capable   of   being   chosen   by   more   than   one   modern   consenting   adult   woman   for   polygamy   in   a   contemporary   Western   society   would   have   to   be   more   committed   to   the   very   ideals   that   Witte   asserts   that   polygamy   supposedly   "deprives"   for   children.     If   Witte   truly   held   to   those   ideals   as   "essential   values"   for   children,   then   he   would   actually   be   supporting   consenting   adult   polygamy   –   not   opposing   it.      
 
Next   writing   about   men,   Witte   claimed,   "Men,   too,   are   harmed   by   polygamy.   Polygamy   promotes   marriage   by   the   richest   not   necessarily   the   fittest   men   in   body,   mind,   or   virtue.   In   isolated   communities,   polygamy   often   leads   to   ostracism   of   rival   younger   men.   Polygamy   inflames   a   man's   lust,   for   once   he   adds   a   second   wife,   he   will   inevitably   desire   more,   even   the   wife   of   another."     Wow.     Witte   thereby   exposed   his   absolute   absence   of   knowledge   about   actual   consenting   adult   polygamy   in   application   in   a   modern   Western   society.     First,   that   (again)   revealed   his   apparent   misogyny   by   insulting   women   in   a   modern   Western   society.     To   Witte,   women   are   apparently   incapable   of   their   own   successes   or   life   goals,   being   nothing   more   than   proverbial   prostitutes   whose   only   objectives   for   marriage   are   to   find   a   wealthy   "sugar   daddy."     Second,   Witte   also   insulted   all   of   modern   Western   society.     To   Witte,   the   normal   citizens   of   modern   Western   societies   "must"   be   deprived   of   their   freedom   of   choice   for   consenting   adult   polygamy   because   of   what   some   rogue   isolated   communities   and   cults   might   do.   Third,   not   only   did   Witte's   commentary   about   men   and   lust   insult   all   other   men,   and   not   only   did   it   also   show   that   he   himself   apparently   objectifies   women   as   sex   objects,   but   it   actually   exposed   Witte   of   doing   that   which   psychologists   identify   as   a   "transference."   Anti-polygamist   men   commonly   manifest   this   dysfunction.     After   introspectively   seeing   his   own   inferiority   feelings   of   lustfulness   within   himself,   the   guilt-ridden   anti-polygamist   man   then   interprets   those   feelings   to   "mean"   that   he   "must"   transfer   those   inferiority   feelings   as   if   they   apply   onto   all   other   men.     Witte's   comment   here   about   men's   lustfulness   demonstrates   this   same   transference   so   frequently   observed   in   those   particular   men   who   so   vehemently   insist   on   anti-polygamy   propaganda.   Witte's   visibly   apparent   transference   thereby   exposed   that   he   himself   seemingly   perceives   women   as   sex   objects.     His   commentary   simply   repeated   the   frequently-repeated   commonality   among   most   anti-polygamist   men,   based   on   the   transference   of   their   own   guilt   and   lustfulness:   asserting   the   insulting   and   misogynistic   perspectives   that   because   men   are   supposedly   nothing   more   than   sexual   beasts   and   that   women   are   supposedly   nothing   more   than   objectified   prostitutes,   modern   citizens   of   a   Western   society   "must"   be   deprived   of   the   freedom   of   choosing   consenting   adult   polygamy. 
 
Lastly,   Witte   had   declared   that   "modern   studies   now   document"   the   wild   and   even   libelous   claims   he   was   making.     Yet,   he   never   provided   any   valid   evidence   whatsoever.     Rather,   he   has   only   done   that   which   most   anti-polygamists   do   when   discussing   so-called   "studies"   about   polygamy:   he   merely   repeated   un-original,   derivative   interpretations   which   are   premised   solely   upon   studies   and   examples   of   non-Western   societies   and/or   of   cults.     But   what   people   will   do   in   a   modern   Western   society   can   not   be   compared   to   what   people   do   in   non-Western,   non-modern   societies   or   in   isolated   cults.       Hence,   regurgitating   the   anti-polygamists'   illogic   before   him,   Witte   thereby   insulted   every   normal,   mentally-healthy   citizen   of   modern   secular   Western   societies.     To   the   professor,   allowing   consenting   adult   polygamy   in   a   modern   Western   society   somehow   "means"   that   all   the   citizens   would   respond   to   de-criminalized   consenting   adult   polygamy   as   do   people   in   non-Western   societies   and   cults.       And   he   made   such   broad   insults   without   any   relevant   evidence   as   applied   to   today's   modern,   educated,   Western   society. 
 
In   2010,   I   (Mark   Henkel)   authored   a   published   5,000-word   Special   Report,   titled,   "Scholar's   Anti-Polygamy   Report   for   Court   is   Discredited."   That   comprehensive   report   exposed   the   unsupported   bias   of   the   anti-polygamist   academic,   Professor   Joseph   Henrich,   who   had   also   made   many   of   the   same   wild   claims   and   insults   against   women,   children,   men,   and   modern   Western   society.     Despite   the   fact   that   that   other   professor   Henrich   also   disproved   Witte's   claim   about   the   so-called   "Greek   monogamy"   experiment   around   600   BC   of   "one-poor-man/one-local-woman,"   John   Witte,   Jr.,   otherwise   mostly   just   regurgitated   Henrich's   same   unsupported   anti-polygamist   propaganda.     Hence,   just   as   Henrich   had   been   thoroughly   discredited   based   on   his   own   bias   and   words,   Witte   has   joined   Henrich   in   the   same   way. 
 
Now,   as   the   National   Polygamy   Rights   Movement   for   Consenting   Adults   continues   to   keep   growing,   Professor   John   Witte,   Jr.,   is   therefore   preparing   to   profit   for   himself   at   the   expense   of   the   movement.     Using   such   flawed   arguments   for   his   pending   anti-polygamy   book,   Witte   unwittingly   revealed   that   his   anti-scientific   opinions   "prove"   little   more   than   his   anti-scholarship,   bias,   transference   –   and   even   a   seeming   misogyny.     Hence,   even   before   its   release,   Professor   John   Witte,   Jr.,   has   already   demonstrated   that   his   book   -   and   his   credibility   –   are   now   thoroughly   discredited. 


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Bibliographic URLs:

Professor John Witte, Jr. 
http://www.law.emory.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles/john-witte-jr.html 
http://news.emory.edu/stories/2012/08/upress_witte_appointment_to_library_of_congress/campus.html 
 
 
Mark Henkel, National Polygamy Advocate 
http://www.NationalPolygamyAdvocate.com 
http://www.youtube.com/MarkHenkelPolygamy 
 
 
SPEECH: "2 Professors' Opinions NOT Based on Evidence"  
http://youtu.be/Wkzku6avtP4 
 
 
SPECIAL REPORT: "Scholar's Anti-Polygamy Report for Court is Discredited" 
http://www.pro-polygamy.com/articles.php?news=0079 
 
 
OP-ED: "Why not polygamy?"  
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/why-not-polygamy/2012/11/09/642c883c-2aa6-11e2-bab2-eda299503684_blog.html 
 
 
SPEECH: Mark Henkel - Yale - Repeal Anti-Polygamy Laws for Consenting Adults - [TRAILER] 
http://youtu.be/Uv2vqZL5AEE 
 

 
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