"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Friday, November 04, 2005

Missus Steed Misdeed

Day 12 without electricity here in Miami, and a mind trapped inside a dank, dark environment is a terrible thing.

That intro might shed some light (only metaphorically, I'm sad to say) on why I spent much of yesterday pondering the Steed case.

Steed is the Utah judge being removed from the bench because he has three wives. His lawyer is arguing that the statute against polygamy is rarely enforced and in any case it is a victimless crime.

That argument might sway me if we were talking about a one-time lapse such as engaging the services of a prostitute in a jurisdiction that proscribes that activity by law. But to maintain a long-term modus vivendi that is illegal strikes me as utterly contradictory to the notion of judging one's fellow citizens on their compliance with the law.

Incidentally, I have no problem with individual jurisdictions permitting polygamy, a practice that has no immoral element whether judged by reason or Revelation. However, this judge's particular case is completely anti-Biblical: he is married to three sisters in violation of Leviticus 18:18.

3 comments:

Tom Van Dyke said...

I read about a case in Virginia a few weeks back: since Virginia law holds any marriage after the first legally invalid, the guy could not be technically guilty of polygamy.

Byooful.

connie deady said...

Find me a state that allows me multiple husbands and now we're talking.

Jay D. Homnick said...

Polly wants an Andre?