100,000 US Muslims Engage in Polygamy

ByPamela Geller on May 30, 2008

"Sometimes he doesn’t know who’s who, and he forget[s] the name" of his children
and wives, she said.

"He calls them No. 1 and No. 2"

Seems to me law enforcement pursues various polygamy sects except Islamic multiple marriage . A hands off policy is permission to continue. A hands off policy is submission.

NPR won’t reveal the last names of those interviewed. Why is NPR protecting these bigamists and more to the point, if NPR can find them, why can’t law enforcement?

This from NPR (of all places): Some Muslims in U.S. Quietly Engage in Polygamy hat tip Michael

[7 min 53 sec] 

Things Considered
May 27, 2008 · Although
polygamy is illegal in the U.S. and most mosques try to discourage plural
marriages, [that’s NPR’s opinion – they do not substantiate it in any way. We do know that 3 out of 4 mosques in America preach hate -Atlas] some Muslim men in America have quietly married multiple wives.

No one knows how many Muslims in the U.S. live in polygamous families. But
according to academics researching the issue, estimates range from 50,000 to
100,000 people.

If 100k is what leftists academics are approximating,  image what the actual number is.

Polygamy is freely practiced in parts of Africa, and almost every one of the
women in the group has experienced polygamy firsthand – either as a wife in a
plural marriage or having been raised in families with one father who has two or
more wives.

Group member Sarah says that in her native Guinea, the husband springs it on
his wife that he’s going to marry someone else. Sarah, like the others
interviewed for this story, would give only her first name.

"Sometimes he say, ‘OK, I am going to be married tomorrow,’ or ‘I’m going to
be married today.’ He’s going ask you like that. It happened to me," she

Sarah begins to cry. Others nod in sympathy. These women are all Muslim. The
Koran states that men may marry up to four women. The Prophet Mohammad had
multiple wives.


Invisible Lives

Still, Muslims practice polygamy in the U.S., despite state laws prohibiting

Here’s how a man gets around the laws: He marries one woman under civil law,
and then marries one, two or three others in religious ceremonies that are not
recognized by the state. In other cases, men marry women in both America and

Many women keep quiet for fear of retribution or deportation.

For example, Sally’s husband moved to the United States from the Ivory Coast
before she did. When Sally joined him, she found he had married someone else in
America. But without legal immigration papers, she didn’t dare come forward and
report him to the authorities.

She said when she arrived in the U.S., her husband and his new wife put her
in the basement.

"They told me to cook, clean, do everything. I didn’t speak English. And he
told me, ‘Don’t say nothing. You say something, she’s going make you deported.
And me, I’m going to be in jail.’"

Eventually, Sally left the house with her children, and now works at a hair
braiding salon. But that fear of deportation prevents many from leaving their
polygamous relationships.

"Legally, they’re invisible," says Julie Dinnerstein, a senior attorney for
Sanctuary for Families. "If you are the second or third or fourth wife, that
marital relationship is not going to be recognized for immigration purposes. It
means if your husband is a citizen or green card holder, he can’t sponsor you.
It means if your husband gets asylum, you don’t get asylum at the same time. The
man is always going to be in a position of greater power."

For Others, a Blessing

Abed Awad, a family law attorney in New Jersey, says for many Muslim men,
multiple wives means many children — which is considered a blessing in Islam.
And since Islam allows for sexual relations only in marriage, polygamy
legitimizes the relationship in God’s eyes. [NPR sugarcoating]

Awad says conservative Muslims argue that in polygamy, "You’re actually
responsible for that person as your spouse. And the sexual relationship becomes
a relationship of love and companionship as opposed to just a sexual fling."

Notice how the left loves to use the word "conservative" when referring to the worst aspects of Islam?

‘One Is Enough’

At Mam African Hair Braiding salon in Queens, N.Y., husbands are often the
topic of conversation.

As the Senegalese owner, Miriam Dougrou, weaves cornrows on a young woman,
she says that her father married four women and she had 19 or 20 siblings. She
lost count. So did her father.

"Sometimes he doesn’t know who’s who, and he forget the name" of his children
and wives, she said.

"He calls them No. 1 and No. 2," says Dougrou’s husband, Timothy.


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