Yes, I watched “Big Love” last night and liked it more than I thought I would. But my question is about disclaimer at the end:
According to a joint report issued by the Utah and Arizona attorney general’s offices, July 2005, ‘approximately 20,000 to 40,000 or more people currently practice polygamy in the United States.’
The Mormon Church officially banned the practice of polygamy in 1890.
Does anybody know how many of those 20-to-40 thousand people are part of a religious group that, at some point, splintered from the church. How many are our “bastard children?” In other words, if the LDS church had never practiced polygamy, what would be the current number of polygamists in the U.S.? And if it is a sizable percentage, does this place any additional responsibilities on the church or its members to speak out for or against law enforcement and public policy regarding polygamy?