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Canada bill would ban polygamy, other ‘barbaric cultural practices’

(RNS) Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has proposed a bill that would ban marriage for underage children, and make polygamy grounds for deportation.

TORONTO (RNS) Canadian lawmakers are weighing legislation that would ban arranged marriages of minors and make polygamy grounds for deportation.

(RNS) Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has proposed a bill that would ban marriage for underage children, and make polygamy grounds for deportation.

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(RNS) Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has proposed a bill that would ban marriage for underage children, and make polygamy grounds for deportation.

The “Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act,” introduced Wednesday (Nov. 5) by Chris Alexander, minister of citizenship and immigration, would set 16 as the minimum national age for marriage in Canada.

If passed into law, the measure will make it a criminal offense to participate in or officiate at the marriage of an underage child. Removing a child from Canada for the purposes of arranged marriage would also be a crime.

In addition, those practicing polygamy would no longer be allowed to immigrate to Canada with any of their spouses. Polygamists already living in Canada would be deported.

The government also seeks to prevent honor killings by amending the Criminal Code to eliminate the defense of provocation.

“We intend on sending a strong message to those in Canada and those who wish to come to Canada that we will not tolerate cultural traditions in Canada that deprive individuals of their human rights,” Alexander said.

The measures would “show quite clearly that our Canadian values do not extend to barbaric acts,” he added.

The Canadian Press reported the act might meet resistance from some Arab and African countries, and they cited an internal government memo saying that if the measure were adopted, it would “certainly create bilateral irritants” with dozens of countries where polygamy remains legal.

Elections are coming up in a year, so the governing Conservatives, who have a majority in the House of Commons, would have to hurry to pass the bill.

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  • So let’s all form an orderly line in order to denounce polygamy as a barbaric cultural practice.

    Because we all believe that marriage is between one man and …oh hang on

  • Good one. Exactly what I was thinking about one headline and half a paragraph in. This typically isn’t my style but…

    LOL

  • The immigration and citizenship measures are a federal responsibility, but Canada should be able to rely on its provinces to compose matrimonial law. Arranged marriages per se are not a problem. Chain migration which takes the form of importation of spouses from abroad is a problem if you have family re-unification preferences in your immigration law.

  • Hey Canada, if you’re going to ban polygamy, please BAN YOUR GAY MARRIAGE MESS as well!!

    That’s how you clean up “barbaric practices”, baby!!

  • Agreed. Of course it was judicially imposed there as well. They have a marginally better excuse. Their wretched ‘Charter of Rights’ was composed by a sociopathic roue.

  • So polygamy is ‘barbaric’ (where a man is responsible for more than one wife), but gay ‘marriage’ legalizing prostitution is not. One night stands in bars and clubs are not barbaric either ey? LOL yea okay!

  • Of course all the cultural barbarism being unleashed is caused by the insane idea
    that marriage can be between 2 people of the same sex. Just because some power hungry judges and a corrupt media ( again repudiated in the last conservative electoral wave) propagandizes for various insanities doesn’t make them so.

  • “All the cultural barbarism being unleashed is caused by the insane idea
    that marriage can be between 2 people of the same sex.”
    –Deacon Bresnahan

    Gay marriage is the root cause of all our societal woes? I’d say that’s a bit over the top. If you mean to stand by your remark, please supply a foundation for it. You might start with the causal relationship you see between gay marriage and sending a child overseas for an arranged marriage.

    Thanks in advance for your explanations.

  • If society can re-define marriage any way it wants to–even to the point of ignoring nature as a boundary line–then anarchy is the real law of the land promoted by addled judges. If all that is needed is a desire to marry someone (as some legal decisions and arguments claim) then why not arranged marriages for child brides or” marriages” that are incestuous, or polygamy, or the agenda of the gay group NAMBLA which promotes sex between children and adults.
    The fact of the matter is that the worst effects of some historical happenings don’t reveal themselves for generations–like the slow depopulation of Europe (gradually being replaced by Moslem immigrants) caused by generations of anti-family attitudes

  • You’re correct, Deacon, but anybody could have seen this one coming down the pike. It was said repeatedly that once you argue for gay marriage, you can’t then arbitrarily draw the line with polygamy without appearing arbitrary and hypocritical.

  • cheer up Canada those of you who want can still practice your perverted attractions and homosexual acts ..just don’t make it a a Canadian cultural thingy ok and you be fine ..

  • “So polygamy is ‘barbaric’ (where a man is responsible for more than one wife), but gay ‘marriage’ legalizing prostitution is not”

    Yes. However, prostitution is not legal in Canada, solicitation is still a crime but only the johns get arrested. And one night stands have never been illegal anywhere.

    Gay marriage and polygamy are not even close to the same thing. But its nice to see how infantile people can be when they want to display their prejudices proudly.

  • Wow, you managed to post something which is both bigoted against gays and Muslims at the same time.

    “then why not arranged marriages for child brides or” marriages” that are incestuous, or polygamy, or the agenda of the gay group NAMBLA which promotes sex between children and adults.”

    Because they are not the same thing. Do Christians have a concept of consent or rational causes for laws? I guess not.

    “The fact of the matter is that the worst effects of some historical happenings don’t reveal themselves for generations”

    In other words, you don’t have a single example of harm caused by gay marriage and are pretending that one will exist eventually.

  • Which is inherently stupid since they are not the same thing fact-wise. There are rational and secular purposes behind a polygamy ban. None exist for banning gay marriage.

    Its like saying interracial marriage is the same as polygamy since both were subject to laws banning them. Since marriage was redefined to allow miscegenation (something the Bible forbade), polygamy must be made legal too.

    Biblical literalists, those who claim to follow the Bible from cover to cover must oppose the mixing of races.

    “God … hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation …””
    Acts 17:24-26
    [Cited by the State judge in Loving v. Virginia to uphold anti-miscegenation laws]

    http://faithandheritage.com/2011/05/the-moral-status-of-miscegenation/

    http://www.religioustolerance.org/marracbib.htm

  • So why would Christians consider polygamy wrong?

    The Bible certainly condones it. In fact it was encouraged as something done by patriarchs and prophets alike

    In Exodus 21:10, a man can marry an infinite amount of women without any limits to how many he can marry.

    In 2 Samuel 5:13; 1 Chronicles 3:1-9, 14:3, King David had six wives and numerous concubines.

    In 1 Kings 11:3, King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.

    In 2 Chronicles 11:21, King Solomon’s son Rehoboam had 18 wives and 60 concubines.

    In Deuteronomy 21:15 “If a man has two wives, and he loves one but not the other, and both bear him sons….”

    Jesus said: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law (the Old Testament) or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke or a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law (the Old Testament) until everything is accomplished. (Matthew 5:17-18)”

  • Not sure whom you’re responding to, Larry, on consent, which is not a part of my post. But you continue to ground your pro-gay-marriage arguments on the false premise that defining marriage as involving two genders is some specifically religious invention rather than the settled norm in all cultures and countries in history — religious and secular, atheistic and theistic, polytheistic and monotheistic.

  • It was directed at Deacon John. But its not like anything in this little group tirade had anything to do with facts of the matter. Much like your take on marriage. That its definition was somehow unchanged over centuries. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

    More importantly, why would a Christian oppose polygamy? It is sanctioned in the Bible. According to Christian views of morality, that would make it entirely OK.

    ” But you continue to ground your pro-gay-marriage arguments on the false premise that defining marriage as involving two genders is some specifically religious invention rather than the settled norm in all cultures and countries in history”

    Except that was never my premise. So it is false. Both in what was said and who said it. It would be nice if you addressed what I say instead of going to stock answers to issues never raised. Keep burning those strawmen. Its getting cold.

  • No, they are not barbaric, there is no intrusion on free will. Forced prostitution is more more or less equivalent to forced marriage.

  • Canada , where men are keeping many girlfriends having married to one woman and polygamy is banned because a Man is protecting other women’s rights by giving them equal & fair treatment with their consent.. Many women will get divorce by passing this law, it is totally against women rights to ban polygamy, if many women choose one man because of any reason they should have freedom to do so . Canadian Govt. is passing a bill against Muslim Community…

  • Canada has many laws and some of these barbaric cultural practices are already covered under Canadian law and they are barbaric and cultural. I believe that the Canadian culture does not believe these ideas are legal here in Canada. I believe they are trying to make a point that Canada does not accept any of these things that are considered illegal in Canada and we don’t want men bringing their wives and children, maybe 4 or 5 wives and maybe 30 children over here and then having them and their children on welfare at the taxpayers’ expense.

  • Don’t forget that it’s not only the women and girls who are forced into marriage, some of the boys don’t want to marry either.

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