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    Polygamist community faces rare genetic disorder

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070614/...lwJAwCPFfMWM0F

    The twin border communities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, have the world's highest known prevalence of fumarase deficiency, an enzyme irregularity that causes severe mental retardation brought on by cousin marriage, doctors say.

    Nice. You would think at this point they would stop breeding with each other??

    ETA: The article says ...."Arizona has about half the world's population of known fumarase deficiency patients," said Dr. Theodore Tarby, a pediatric neurologist who has treated many of the children at Arizona clinics under contracts with the state."

    SO basically we are all paying for these children? OK I am just going to back away from my computer....

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    Unfortunately I do not think this will ever discourage them, they have it so justified in their minds, that Polygamy is from God. And as long as they are having to keep it quiet because of the law, they are going to continue to keep it "all in the family" so to speak.

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    I think it's really, really sad! These poor innocent children. This coming from an active Mormon. I don't believe in what these sects are doing and I think it's the innocent children who are hurt most by it!

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    I think biologically that having many mates is a part of nature. I'm not opposed to people having sex with as many partners as they choose, so long as they don't cross bloodlines. I've heard stories of people who have slept with cousins who later found out that they were related. I can imagine that may screw you up a bit to find that one out.

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    Anngelique... I know that the mainstream Mormon church does not condone this practice and I agree about the children.
    T93 I agree it won't.

    Paladin you reminded me of a story..
    We had a friend who picked up a girl at a bar .... they get to his place and she is looking at this wall of family pictures and she says "Hey! that is my grandfather!" He was like OK you have to go now ....
    It was HIS grandfather too... LOL
    Not funny I know but I still laugh..

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    I had a friend that dated a guy for 6 months before finding out they were 2nd cousins on her fathers side.
    Happy New Years

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    Quote Originally Posted by t93 View Post
    Unfortunately I do not think this will ever discourage them, they have it so justified in their minds, that Polygamy is from God. And as long as they are having to keep it quiet because of the law, they are going to continue to keep it "all in the family" so to speak.
    We should be clear that in this instance, the problem isn't polygamy per se, but inbreeding. (I'm not advocating either.) I'm sure you didn't mean to suggest otherwise.

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    I've been following the story of the FLDS for a while now. The genetic problems don't worry me nearly so much as the church-sanctioned child sexual abuse. There are some sad sad stories coming out of that church of forced marriages, some of the girls as young as 12.
    Just thinkin' out loud....


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    Quote Originally Posted by hipmamajen View Post
    I've been following the story of the FLDS for a while now. The genetic problems don't worry me nearly so much as the church-sanctioned child sexual abuse. There are some sad sad stories coming out of that church of forced marriages, some of the girls as young as 12.
    Sexual abuse and other forms, too. As far as I'm concerned, raising children with no knowledge of the outside world is a form of kidnapping, for how are they ever to make inform decisions about the lives they want to live?

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    I thought a lot of cultures and past royalty regularly married cousins. Maybe some of these cases and couples are more closely related somewhere down the line than the experts realize.


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    Quote Originally Posted by txsvicki View Post
    I thought a lot of cultures and past royalty regularly married cousins. Maybe some of these cases and couples are more closely related somewhere down the line than the experts realize.

    IN Era's past that is true and many of them suffered from mental illnesses and other problems as the bloodlines continued to thin with all of the inbreeding.

    I know this is a sorry example but if you look at many breeds of AKC registered dogs you will find that inbreeding done to enhance the desired traits caused many health problems we now see commonly in breed specific dogs... For example the hip problems in German Shepards and the hearing problems that you often see in Dalmations.

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    Polygamy is practiced in most cultures around the world. Such cultures also have incest laws that encourage marriage/procreation with people outside the immediate family, although cross-cousin marriage (outside the descent group) is very common. The problem here, as Nova has stated, is inbreeding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paladin View Post
    I think biologically that having many mates is a part of nature. I'm not opposed to people having sex with as many partners as they choose, so long as they don't cross bloodlines. I've heard stories of people who have slept with cousins who later found out that they were related. I can imagine that may screw you up a bit to find that one out.
    I agree with this post. My husband accidentally slept with a cousin in Ireland once. (well, I mean - the sleeping with her wasn't accidental, but he didn't know they were related!) It definitely freaked him out!
    I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hipmamajen View Post
    I've been following the story of the FLDS for a while now. The genetic problems don't worry me nearly so much as the church-sanctioned child sexual abuse. There are some sad sad stories coming out of that church of forced marriages, some of the girls as young as 12.
    Either the genetic disorder or child sexual abuse, it's the children who suffer and it should be stopped and they should be jailed. End of story. Stop the suffering of innocent children.

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    almost completely off topic (if you watch the show you'd agree) but does anyone here watch big love on HBO?

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