Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Winston Blackmore, Unrepentant BC Polygamist


British Columbia's most notorious polygamist and coveter of child brides Winston Blackmore is suing the BC government for unlawful prosecution. Apparently Blackmore interprets public concern for minors trapped within his Taliban cult as:
“high-handed, arbitrary, reckless, abusive, improper and inconsistent with the honor of the Crown and the administration of justice...
Blackmore is now raping irony by stealing the feelings of his forced child brides to narrate his own defense.

In the end, he'll be too heavy for the thin ice he wants to skate on.


Winston Blackmore, 2008                       A voice from Bountiful BC, 2009

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this. I hadn't known the outcome of the charges that were laid against Blackmore - whose prosecution I fully support. His actions have damaged and destroyed the lives of many. We look at far east countries in judgement and horror at their practices of enslavement and abuse yet the same is happening here in Canada.

Dennis'much to do about nothing blog said...

Isn't the lawsuit more about the actions of Wally Oppal's views than anything else. His insistence on going ahead when previous advice was not to proceed.

Cheers

Dennis

Xanthippa said...

This issue is so complex, I don't know where to start.

Of course, I condemn forced marriages and the abuse of minors - that is the only reasonable 'immediate' response. But, it is just the surface of something much deeper...

At issue here is what is the 'proper' balance between the rights of parents to raise their children according to their views vs. the rights of every child to freedom (of choice, of course, but also of religion). In other words, does the right of a parent to raise their child in a cult/commune/fundamentalist religion/philosophy - and brainwash that child into all kinds of weird beliefs that will stick with them for life - trump the child's right to freedom of religion, to choose their own path in spiritual life?

Please, consider that even within the greater society, most (no, not all, but certainly most) people, when they grow up, follow the same religion their parents did. Is this 'right'? It certainly does suggest that the parents control their child's spiritual growth: so, is it a parent's right to do this, or is it a child's right to have freedom of choice - even in religious thought?

I suspect that until we settle that deeper question (if we ever really can), we cannot really create self-consistent rules which would protect kids from situations like these child-brides are stuck in...

Anonymous said...

Winsten Blackmore is DISCUSTING!! what kind of god would want 1man to have 121 kids? What kind of god would want a oldman to have a sexual relationship with a child?
As if Canada would allow this to go on!! They should have him Casterated for gods sake & all the women he brainwashed & believe that its okay to live like that should be assesed & the kids shud be taken before they're poisened by this horrible way of life to be NORMAL!!