British Government recognises polygamy
Mr Davies is quoted as saying: ‘Polygamy is both demeaning to women and alien to this country's culture… Foreigners who come to Britain should be prepared to fit in with British cultural attitudes - and they do not include acceptance of polygamy.’
The Difference Magazine also covered this, but erroneously asserted that polygamy was contrary to Britain’s ‘Judeo-Christian heritage’. It is, of course, nothing of the sort. Whilst it is true that Christians were urged to be monogamous, the kingdoms of Israel and Judah record numerous examples of polygamy. The practice was not only rife; it was deemed to be the patriarchal norm. The United States, also a child of the ‘Judeo-Christian heritage’, tolerates the polygamy of Mormons, albeit by recognising one wife in law, and subsequent wives only nominally. There is, however, acceptance of their religious right to live in adherence to Old Testament practices.
The interesting thing in the Old Testament is the way in which polygamy and bigamy are presented. Neither are deemed to be ideal (Lev 18:18; Deut 17:17), and both are portrayed negatively (Gen 16:4ff; 21:10) or deemed problematic (Deut 21:15-17). The practice became increasingly uncommon throughout Jewish history, perhaps because they came to agree with Solomon. If the proverbial nagging wife is like the drip, drip, drip of a tap; numerous wives must be an irritating shower indeed.
An interesting corollary of this is how HM Government views polygamous ‘gay marriages’ conducted overseas. Having legislated so much to normalise gay partnerships, it would be difficult now to discriminate against those conducted abroad. EU human rights laws and equality regulations could indeed open the door for homosexuals to demand similar recognition for multiple partnerships, with groups of men or women presenting themselves as polygamous families.
This is, however, merely theory. In practice, in those countries where polygamy is legal, like Saudi Arabia, homosexuality is illegal. The UK is not about to be flooded with gay polygamy; it is, however, a cause of great concern that the British taxpayer is subsidising a distinctly Islamic practice which is contrary to UK law. Still, that’s dhimmocracy for you.