September 14th, 2010
11:54 AM ET

Faith, polygamy and fears

Editor's note: Diane Noble is the award-winning author of "The Sister Wife," the first book in her new historical polygamy fiction series "Brides of Gabriel."

By Diane Noble, Special to CNN

"What religion are you?"

Last week a young woman sent me an e-mail that opened with this question. She went on to say that she had picked up my book, "The Sister Wife," at Wal-Mart, thumbed through it, and then put it down again. Though the story intrigued her, she didn't want to buy the book until she knew if I was writing from a point of view that wouldn't offend her religious beliefs.

That same evening at a book signing, a high school teacher told me a senior honors student had spotted my book in her handbag and asked about it. When the teacher gave her a brief synopsis, the girl looked distraught. She said that her religion should not be written about by an outsider. Furthermore, her teacher should not be reading this book. "There are things in it you shouldn't know," the girl said.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. morris wise

    There is nothing wrong with importing sharia law, it would improve the quality of life for most American men. Civil rights and jobs for women would be gone ending male servitude and unemployment. Besides a wife, men would have concubines obeying every command. Mosque attendance could be disregarded, the enlightened man need not pray, everything he needed would be provided.

    September 14, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  2. Reality

    Polygamy in today's modern world is another word for adultery punishable by divorce and significant alimony. Of course in Islam, said polygamy/adultery for males is condoned as being blessed by Allah and his "profit" Mohammed. A Muslim female, however, is not blessed and is stoned for this transgression.

    September 14, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  3. David Johnson

    As long as the wives aren't children, who cares?

    September 14, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
    • peace2all

      @David Johnson

      Oh, my friend.....LOL...!!! Well, can't really argue with ya' on that one.

      Just polygamizin'


      September 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
    • peace2all

      @David Johnso

      Oooops....My wife happened to be looking over my shoulder on this 'one' article.. Out of the hundreds of blogs and postings, she had to just be here to ask me about this one.. go figure......

      ..... So, I have to say, I am very, very against anything that smacks of polygamy....even if it is between consenting adults... 😉

      Just sweatin'


      September 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
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