Statesboro, GA, USA
I personally find it to be disgusting...it really sickens me that these young girls are being put through this. These men are twisted and very sick. Adults having sex with children is vile. Then to stand behind a religion saying that makes it be ok? Even sicker.
Polygamy has nothing to do with having sex with "children". You're thinking of Pedophilia, or Pederasty, not Polygamy, which merely means to marry multiple partners, usually wives.
Illegal, but is it immoral? I don’t hear President Bush or much of anyone else
raising a stink.
The moral issue would depend on the motives behind such polygamous arrangements. So, were the religious pronouncements of Joseph Smith, just an excuse to exploit, have sex with, or control more women? I'm not saying that I know for sure, but there are some interesting things to note about his views...
Scripturally speaking, the practice of polygamy was made obsolete (ironically) by Jesus saying "In the Beginning it was not so", and clarifying the will of God for two "becoming one flesh". So Joseph Smith's re-popularization of polygamy in America, came after the New Testament revelation, and also all the lamentable results of practicing polygamy recorded for us in the Old Testament. For whatever reason, there is no explicit Old Testament prohibition of Polygamy by God, but there is certainly no lack of passages that relate to discerning readers that it is unwise, and typically leads to trouble / disaster.
So the moral question might be different for a man who is a polygamist because it is the predominate culture (such as in the Ancient Near East), and a man who now chooses polygamy despite the prevailing consensus which was based upon a fuller revelation. And what of the man (or group) who knows the Bible forward and backward, but counts lightly the warnings given there, simply because he wants what he wants?
Is it illegal? Yes.
Is it immoral? Quite possibly, considering our time in history, and the accountability we have due to knowledge.
Is it unwise? How much trouble do people have properly relating to one spouse? Now multiply that.