Final DSU ‘Unheard Voices’ forum features polygamy, alternative religion

ST. GEORGE – Dixie State University‘s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation series will conclude its historical “Unheard Voices” format for the 2013 spring semester with a panel discussion led by members of the Centennial Park Action Committee on the issues of history, polygamy and alternative religious traditions on Thursday.

The forum will begin at noon in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSU campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The presentation will feature several “sister wife” leaders of CPAC who will be giving a brief presentation about their community and answering questions concerning the past and future of polygamists in the United States. By forming a panel called CPAC, they hope to educate others about the polygamous lifestyle as practiced in Centennial Park and dispel popular stereotypes about themselves and their motives for living polygamous lifestyles.

The Dixie Forum series will return in September with a new series entitled “The Changing Face of America,” exploring the contemporary theme of “What Does it Mean to be an American?” For more information, please contact DSU Assistant Professor Dr. Joel A. Lewis at 435-652-7864 or [email protected].

Event details and contact information

Date: April 25

Time: Noon

Location: Dunford Auditorium, Browning Resource Center, DSU campus

Admission: Free

Contact: Dr. Joel A. Lewis – 435-652-7864 or [email protected]

Submitted by: Dixie State University

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @STGnews


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  • jANCIS m. aNDREWS April 22, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I hope someone asks these “wives” (in reality, concubines in a man’s harem) what they do about financial protection for themselves and their children. Only the first (therefore legal) wife and her children can share in the man’s health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, medical benefits, tax benefits, etc. The remaining women and their children are on their own and face poverty. Please ask them what they do should one woman want to leave the group and “divorce” the man …. is she able to claim a share of the group’s financial assets (after all, she contributed to the group’s wellbeing) or does she have to leave with nothing? Please also ask them if they think it’s fair that the man gets to enjoy a sex fest with several different partners, while they have to remain faithful to him and take their turn in his bedroom. Please also ask them why they say their practice of polygamy is based on their religious conviction, when polygamy is forbidden in the New Testament. Ask them why they put the practices of King Solomon (300 wives, 700 concubines) ahead of Christ. Ask them if they realize that the date is 2013 AD, not 2013 BC, and that women are now considered equal to men.

    • Define what they are April 23, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Are they Chattel or Cattle or Chattel Cattle?

    • Elbert Thistledorf April 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

      That is sure an “igno-rant” if I have ever seen one. Talking about a man enjoying a “sex fest with several different wives?” Do you have any idea, any idea at all, just how hard it is to put up with one woman? Let alone with a whole bunch of them? This seems to me, like the ultimate hell, for the man.
      Next, you talk about their religious conviction as if it was based on your own. It isn’t. In fact, they are probably a lot more faithful to their religious convictions, than you are to yours.
      Also, there is a huge difference between the beliefs of the Centennial Park Pligs, and the Hilldale/Colorado City, bunch of nut cases. These folks broke away from the “Warren Jeffs Is Our Prophet” crowd many years ago.
      There is a basis for polygamy in the Bible. But then, there is also a basis for monogamy in the Bible. Just as there are so many other contradictions there.
      You need to open your eyes and realize there are millions of different ideologies in the world. And the fact that you appear to believe your beliefs are the only valid ones, means nothing. Nothing at all.

      • Define What They Are April 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm

        Does this mean DSU embraces the concept of sex fests of one man & many women? I understand years ago that the college let polygamists talk to the students. One former student described it as feeling like a recruiting mission to get more women into the clan. Why would a public school embrace polygamy, which btw, is illegal?

    • DoubleTap April 23, 2013 at 11:21 am

      The “financial protection” the wives not considered the first wife, count on comes from the taxpayer in the form of AFDC, WIC, EBT/Food Stamps, etc. Also, does the taxpayer also assist in the purchases of the nice SUV’s these women drive? I sure would like to be able to afford to own and drive a new Suburban, or Escalade, Excursion and son. I too wish I could afford to pay for 3-4 flatbed carts of products at Costco and/or Wal Mart. I really do hope that someone will ask those “sister-wives” why they should not have to work like the rest of us and pay taxes to help support them.

  • Roy J April 23, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Will the husbands be there to answer questions, too?

    • My Evil Twin April 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      Probably not. You seldom see them with their wives.

  • Steve April 23, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    The photo with this article is an unfortunate, misleading choice. The ladies of Centennial Park do not generally dress in the same, boring home-made dresses and wear the same prescribed hairstyles. That would be the super-controlled FLDS women. A very big difference. And for those who don’t know the difference, it would probably be good to be there and hear what they have to say.

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