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They're just like the Islamists.

No, KB, they're not.

Your statement implies that Islamists are people who are hypocritical morals police who secretly go around banging teens and having kinky sex. Which is where this story started (the question of why the republicans who seem to get caught always are the biggest moralisers...)

Further, Islamists (a term which I'd not even heard until after 9/11, and I was born and raised a muslim, even if I don't practice anymore) as you seem to define them hardly represents mainstream Islam. I can't think of a single muslim that I have known personally in my life who actually believes in having multiple wives, even if the practice is *allowed* in the Qu'ran. Heck, some of the ones who are married can't imagine the horror of having MORE than one at the same time :-)

On a side note, the reason for why multiple wives was allowed during the early days of Islam was as a social means of providing for the widows and their children that were the natural by-product of the wars fought as Islam was becoming established. The question of how to care for those left behind when a man was killed in battle was resolved this way, since a husband had a duty to provide for their family, and by marrying a widow they could solve that problem.

Which is why I know of no muslim, other than in backwater countries controlled by culture disguised as religion that having multiple wives is still practiced.

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