Tuesday, February 13, 2007

And so it goes

As I type this, I am watching Prime Time on TV. They are busy about the business of normalizing polygamy. They have already compared "bad" polygamists who have forced marriages and under-age "wives" to "good" polygamists who have willing, legal-age "wives" and volunteer community groups. They moved on to barely concealed disbelief that the teenagers in town have never had sexual relations. They also threw in a bit of disbelief that any woman could be satisfied to stay home with the kids. Of course, chastity and motherhood prove that they are outsiders.

The polygamists are all given a chance to speak their views with the narrator as the representative of normalcy. It would be nice if normal people could host prime time news programs on national television.

3 comments:

SMS said...

yeah, we flipped to that during a few Law and Order commercials. You should have opted from L&O instead. ;-)

JG said...

Long time lurker, first time poster ... Not only is TV disturbing - it is downright dangerous. There must be a connection between the fact that Jerry Springer is the #1 watched American program in the Islamic world and why Americans are so disliked.

JimmyV said...

I can't comment from work. How uncool!

I want to correct my reporting of the incident. The polygamists weren't allowed to explain their beliefs, so much as give sound bites. "Our God commands it." I would have actually preferred a long theological / anthropological debate to the short question, shorter answer format. Especially since the host asked the same question 17 ways, "Aren't you jealous?"