Poofer is not a gay Aussie
January 8, 2005 12:09 PM   Subscribe

Do you feel like you're not quite up-to-date on the subject of polygamy? Not quite sure what a "poofer" is? Well, have no fear. The Office of the Utah Attorney General has produced "The Primer", which you can peruse online in its entirety here [PDF].
posted by mr_crash_davis (9 comments total)
The history of Mormon polygamy is a fascinating story from the experiments of American culture. Mormons seem have a squeaky clean and wholesome image, but there's some quite distasteful stuff on the fringes of it. If you want an entertaining if one-sided take on historical and contemporary Mormon polygamy, Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith is a good read. The first chapter or so is online.
posted by Nelson at 12:16 PM on January 8, 2005

Wearing red clothing might offend members of a fundamentalist group who believe Satan wears that color to imitate Christ. To imitate Christ? Was Christ known for wearing a lot of red?
Anyway, nice link and thanks to Nelson for the book link, it looks fascinating based on what's in that first chapter. I'm sure my wive(s) will love it.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 12:22 PM on January 8, 2005

Slack-a-gogo, according to the Bible, on the day of his crucifixion, Christ was made to wear a red robe. [Matthew 27:28] "And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him" (RSV)
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:29 PM on January 8, 2005

Little known fact about the mainstream Mormon church. While Polygamy in this life is restricted now, it is not in their afterlife. In their marriage ceremonies, they are "Sealed" together for eternity, in this life and the next. While women are only allowed to be "Sealed" to a single man, men are allowed to be sealed to as many women as possible.
posted by Octoparrot at 12:37 PM on January 8, 2005

posted by Armitage Shanks at 12:39 PM on January 8, 2005

Our brethren across the pond might have differing opinions about what a poofter is.
posted by jpburns at 3:53 PM on January 8, 2005

Octoparrot - That's pretty interesting stuff. Do you have any links?

What you wrote made me thing of this little scene from Luke:

Luke 20:27-33

[27] Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. [28] "Teacher," they said, "Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother. [29] Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. [30] The second [31] and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. [32] Finally, the woman died too. [33] Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?"

The resolution Christ gives (and, to be honest, the question itself) isn't really pertinent to what is being discussed here, but I find the question pretty funny, absurd, and interesting.
posted by NoamChomskyStoleMyFace at 5:53 PM on January 8, 2005

NCSMF, here are some links.:
Here, see 3rd to last paragraph.
Here, third paragraph.
Here, see answer 1651.
posted by Octoparrot at 7:58 PM on January 8, 2005

Thanks buddy
posted by NoamChomskyStoleMyFace at 10:53 PM on January 8, 2005

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