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4/16/08 / Utah

9:24 AM I myself was wondering how the FDLS church manages the 3:1 woman-to-man ratio they have in their communities. The simple answer, from this Slate article, is that they just kick the boys out:

As is well-known, the FLDS teaches that plural marriage—whereby each man partners with at least three women—is essential to salvation. How does the church get enough ladies to go around?

By kicking out the boys. The FLDS doesn’t practice sex-selective abortion, nor does it recruit from outside the ranks. To reduce competition for wives, the church systematically expels adolescent boys, thus trimming the eligible male population. It’s estimated that the FLDS has thrown out between 400 and 1,400 male members in the last decade.

Other interesting facts:

The sect also expels married men who violate religious tenets. After the wrongdoer leaves, the church leader reassigns his wives to loyalists.

Warren Jeffs, president of the priesthood from 2002 to 2007, is thought to have more than 50 children and at least 40 wives. When his father, Rulon Jeffs, died in 2002, he left behind an estimated 75 widows and 65 children.

8:20 PM By Vaclav Havel:

Vision is not enough. It must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.

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