He started off with one of the big ones: “We often hear the word polygamy and Mormonism coupled together. Why?”
Glenn said that the media would love nothing more than for people to equate Mormons with polygamists like Warren Jeffs, but nothing could be further than the truth. He said polygamy was a perversion of everything they believe in, and practitioners are excommunicated. He compared it to the portrayal of Corleones in the Godfather Trilogy – simply because they call themselves Catholics doesn’t mean for one second they are following practices of the LDS church.
Glenn explained that Mormons in America did once practice polygamy, but it ended 122 years ago. He explained that in the 1800s, there was massive persecution of Mormons wer driven out of New York, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. In Missouri, the governor even issued Executive Order-44 which ordered that all Mormons be exterminated or driven out of the state, resulting in 10,000 Mormons who lived there either being killed or forced to flee. Executive Order-44 wasn’t overturned until 1976. As a result of this persecution, there weren’t many men left. The desire to repopulate played a role in the decision to practice polygamy, but only about 5% did it before the practice came to an end in 1890.
Polygamists today are not Mormons. http://firstname.lastname@example.org&utm_source=dbnews&utm_medium=Mormon_Open_Book&utm_campaign=dbnews&utm_content=e8120912
My Response to this is that Glenn Beck is Misleading the Public. I responded on his blog and it was taken down, but those of you that are seeking truth continue to search and so you have found this blog. Here is my post that was taken down. “What you have said about polygamy is a very inaccurate. In fact Joseph Smith took young girls that needed a father, not a husband that was already married. He also took other men’s wives. Even though polygamy is not practiced today secularly within the Mormon Church it is still practiced spiritually, meaning a man can still be “sealed” to more than one woman. Polygamy has not been renounced as something Joseph Smith and the other prophets did was wrong. God would never command such evil. He strictly states in scripture that a husband is to be of ONE wife.” 1 Timothy 3:2, 12
Read more about polygamy in my book Loved into the Light.