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Talk show host: Sister Wives highlights “cult-like mentality of polygamy”

“If you want to see another blatant example of social activism at the expense of traditional marriage,” writes retired lawman Paul A. Ibbetson, “go no further than The Learning Channel.

“Part of TLC’s knowledge-enhancing program lineup is the show featuring polygamist Kody Brown and his ever-growing, Utah-based harem of ‘Sister Wives,'” writes Ibbetson, who is host of the Kansas Broadcasting Association’s 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 award-winning radio program, Conscience of Kansas.

“The show is spun as a unique look at a non-traditional family that faces the same struggles as regular folks and manages to make it through life with strong bonds of love and respect.

“That sounds really nice doesn’t it?” asks Ibbetson: 


The truth of this dysfunctional group and their attempts at TV stardom are much darker, and much more dangerous to traditional American culture.

Researching the Kody Brown clan forced me to delve into the TV program. From doing so I discovered that Kody Brown, a sales and advertising agent, married his first wife Meri conventionally in 1990. Since then, Brown has been collecting and impregnating additional concubines, like Janelle, Christine and Robyn, at a consistent rate. Brown’s women take on his last name, bear his offspring, and work to pay for the cost of the polygamist lifestyle. The show, Sister Wives, despite being given a positive spin, still highlights the cult-like mentality of polygamy groups.

Kody Brown emanates a shyster vibe that is common with manipulators found in cult settings. He preaches to his bedroom cohorts that they are each individually special and respected while at the same time adding new women to his brothel. Even during the two seasons of Sister Wives so far, Kody Brown has decided that three special wives is just not enough, and has added another woman to his collection. What we have here is one serious jive turkey in Kody Brown running some even more serious jive of some impressionable women. However, if we look at Sister Wives more critically, we can access Brown and the layers of hypocrisy in this show more adequately.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    Since it is against the law, why is he being allowed to have his 4 wives? I would guess he isn’t legally married to the last 3. My issue isn’t Biblical—after all, many of the men in the Bible had a bunch of wives or a slave or 2 that they shacked up with. My issue is that he is breaking the law. The women? Very gullible. The kids? Wonder what they will think as they grow older?

  • Ionel

    I don’t see it like an off channel. We have a lot to say and we often get rehitgous about it. Let’s stop pretending we are void, that atheism is a statement of the negative. It’s a statement of the positive, our positive recognition of the truth about living and dying, and the value of life, Earth, and everything.

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