We need government that protects rights for everybody. Otherwise, we’re all in serious trouble. … Americans suffer from a sort of “split personality” that places the United States outside the mainstream when compared with many other industrialized nations. We consider our country a democracy, where everyone’s rights are honored, but we’re failing in many areas. …

While the U.S. recognizes the legality of South Africa’s polygamous leader, Jacob Zuma, authorities in Lehi, UT, virtually ran Kody Brown and his four wives out of town because the otherwise law-abiding family dared to show in their TLC series, “Sister Wives,” that all polygamists aren’t child abusers. Lawmakers ignore the fact that bans against polygamy provide the secrecy that protects and encourages abusers like Warren Jeffs and his cohorts.

We … must speak for the rights of all people. We need government that protects rights for everybody. Otherwise, we’re all in serious trouble.

Debbie Jordan
Salem-News.com
Author of The World I Imagine
Columnist for the Arizona City Independent

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