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Joseph Smith and Polygamy on the PBS NewsHour

Kristine Haglund, the editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and a friend of Approaching Justice, appeared on Tuesday night’s episode of the PBS NewsHour to discuss recent announcements and essays from the LDS Church about Joseph Smith and polygamy. Check it out: Transcript: GWEN IFILL: The Mormon Church has long faced questions about […]

Fearing Strangers: Principles and Anxieties

“Principles lose their grip in times of fear.” — Marta Nussbaum (176) In Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality, Martha Nussbaum takes a historical look religious liberty and religious equality through the lens of philosophical political liberalism. I will explore her conceptualization of political liberalism later. For now, I will […]

If You Can’t Marginalize Polygamists, Who Can You Marginalize? #myfivewives

Right-wing Catholic blogger Rebecca Crawford is furious about TLC’s My Five Wives. For her, it is all part of the Hollywood attack on marriage and the family. As I read her vile post, I found myself repeating the line that many of the Williams family members mentioned during an interview with me: “Watch TLC’s My […]

“Doesn’t it bother you that your husband is sleeping with four other women?”

My Five Wives is returning to TLC for their first full season on March 9. Here is the TLC spot promoting their upcoming season: I will be interviewing Nonie, Robyn, Brady, Paulie, Rhonda, & Rosemary Williams between now and the season premiere. Keep an eye on Approaching Justice for updates. What questions do you have […]

Are the Sister Wives Mormon?

Absolutely. While they are not “mainstream” Mormons, as the Brown family refers to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Christ of Latter-day Saints based in Salt Lake City, they are very much Mormon. The thing that has intrigued me about the Brown family as I have observed them over the years is how […]

Sister Wives: Trading Anonymity for Tolerance

While many mainstream Mormons are uncomfortable being associated with polygamy and polygamists, the Browns of TLC’s Sister Wives similarly do not want to be associated with all polygamists. (The Browns call members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints based in Salt Lake City “mainstream” Mormons) “We were tired of Warren Jeffs being […]

How does a Polygamous Family File Their Tax Returns? #sisterwives

Well, they don’t. At least, not as a polygamous family. This morning, Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn Brown spoke with me about a variety of issues. One thing I asked them about was taxes. No, not what they thought about taxes. But, as a polygamist family, how do they file their taxes?   As […]

What Would You Ask The #SisterWives Family?

I will be interviewing Janelle, Christine, Meri, Robyn, and Kody later this week. I have written about them, and polygamy in general, quite a bit lately. What question or questions would you ask the family made famous by TLC’s Sister Wives? I will ask as many questions submitted in the comment section below as time […]

TLC Picks Up “My Five Wives” as a Series

I just received word from Shannon Martin, a senior director of publicity with TLC, that the show “My Five Wives” featuring the Williams family has been picked up as a series. The nine episode season is set to premiere on March 9. The debut/pilot episode aired back in September. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that episode […]

Progressive Polygamist: Polygamists Need to Change Their Ways

Brady Williams, a progressive philosophy student and practicing polygamist whose family was featured on TLC’s My Five Wives, views the recent ruling in the case of Brown v. Buhman, also known as the Sister Wives case, as opportunity for the polygamist community to change their ways. Brady Williams (Source: TLC) “We are no longer considered […]

LDS Church Releases New Statement on Polygamy

In the wake of the polygamy ruling by the U.S. District Court for Utah, and on the heels of a similar post about race and the priesthood, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a brand new “Gospel Topics” entry dealing with the history of plural marriage as practiced by Latter-day Saints. […]

A Look at the Sister Wives Ruling with an Attorney for the Browns.

In his office, Adam Alba has a picture of early Mormon Apostle George Q. Cannon wearing a black and white stripe prison uniform in the 1890s. In the picture, Cannon is sitting with other prominent Mormons of the day who, like Cannon, were imprisoned for violating anti-polygamy laws. A Mormon himself, Alba, the co-counsel for […]