Polygamy and child brides may make a comeback in the U.S. as a result of recent court rulings and the simultaneous rise of Islam, says the editor of a book of stories about Muslims leaving the faith.
“In light of the recent California court ruling and the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints) legal fiasco in Texas, is the time coming when we in the U.S will be forced to tolerate child brides and multiple wives?” asks Joel Richardson, editor of the provocative new book “Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out,” published by WND Books.
One Islamic tradition that caused several of the books contributors to leave the religion is that girls are often expected to marry adult men. For example, in the Islamic country of Yemen, 50 percent of all married women are under 14 years of age—including girls who have been married for several years. Girls as young as 6 and 7 are married to men in their 30s, 40s and 50s.
“In view of California’s gay marriage ruling, how can we legally stop polygamous and child marriages of the sort seen in Muslim countries?” asks Richardson.