Friday, December 20, 2013

Episcopal Priest Supports Polygamy

In an article entitled "How I learned to love polygamy," Episcopal priest Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio shares how she changed her mind: by watching the reality television show "Sister Wives."  Watching the show, she learned that polygamy is not necessarily abusive to women. She learned that the Brown family are nice religious people who care deeply about their children.  And she learned that, for the Brown family, "the goal of cultivating a community that together can reach heaven" is paramount. 

"Ultimately," she writes, "I support the decision to loosen restrictions on polygamy because families such as the Browns exist who endeavor every day to live kind, healthy lives that are not harmful, not abusive."  What's not to support, right?

She also links support for polygamy to support for same-sex blessings:


I also believe there are theoretical reasons why, as a Christian, it makes sense to support healthy polygamous practices. It’s a natural extension for those Christians who support same-sex marriage on theological grounds. But even for those opposed to same-sex marriage, polygamy is documented in the Bible, thereby giving its existence warrant.


Read it all.

A clergy colleague shared that when he recently attended a children's conference, Episcopalians there offered an extensive defense of polyamory and BDSM.  He asked them, "What do I say to my friends to whom we promised same-sex blessings are not a slippery slope?"  One Episcopal priest replied, "What's so bad about slippery slopes?"

2 comments:

The Underground Pewster said...

I gave up after reading a few of the comments to the original article. The basic argument is that if it (insert any lifestyle) looks loving to me, then it is from God.

Since so many things feel and appear loving from our human perspective, how can we discern what is blessed by God?

What do we use as a test of what one claims to be a blessing when another says it ain't?

If we really believed them to convey to us the most important Gospel ever given to Man, we would look to scriptures.

C Wingate said...

Well, the obvious observation (for a Christian, at nay rate) ought to be that to a sinful person, every relationship tends to look "loving" if they aren't the one being hurt by it.