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Polygamy perks false, farcical

Published:Tuesday | June 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I read with interest the article titled 'The case for polygamy' (Sunday Gleaner, June 14, 2015) written by Al-Hajj Mekaeel Maknoon of the Islamic Council of Jamaica (ICOJ).

First, monogamy is God's ideal for the human race. Polygamy was never commanded by God; it was only tolerated. From the beginning, God set the standard by creating a monogamous marriage relationship with one man and one woman, Adam and Eve (Gen 1:27). This God-established example was the general practice until interrupted by sin.

Second, Jesus Christ reaffirmed God's original intention in Matthew 19:4, noting that God created one "male and [one] female" and joined them in marriage. The New Testament stresses that "each man [should] have his own wife, and let each woman her own husband" (1 Cor. 7:2).

Third, though the Bible records instances of polygamy, this does not mean God approved of it. To infer otherwise is to say, therefore, that same-sex marriage would be acceptable if it had been recorded in the Bible.

Last, though polygamy existed in the Bible, this did not stop prostitution from occurring. Polygamy did not stop Abraham's household from being in turmoil. Also, polygamy did not stop King David from committing adultery.

Consequently, most, if not all, the purported benefits are a farce. What I believe is of more interest is the idea that the emir's ICOJ is more than ready "to offer its support and assistance" to the polygamy institution. My gravest and sincere concern is how this would be possible. The only means I see is via Shari'a law. Could this be the true intent of the ICOJ?