Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith Themes

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The question of the practice of polygamy is one that has haunted the Mormon Church since its inception. Although modern Mormons do not practice polygamy, there are still sects of the Mormon Church, fundamentalists in particular, that do still view polygamy as a way of life sanctioned by God. There are also polygamous communities located in Canada, Mexico and even the United States. The polygamous groups in the United States get away with this illegal practice by only legally marrying one wife. The others are married in ceremonies seen by the Mormons as marriage ceremonies, but not accepted by the United States government as legal unions.

The first major debate over polygamy involved Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion. In the 132nd section of the Doctrine and Covenants, it is indicated that God intended his people to live in polygamous relationships. It is indicated that Joseph...

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