In Brazil, the debate over the legalization of polygamous marriage has begun. While in the United States, polygamy has been generally frowned upon, the activist push for homosexual marriage will inevitably take the issue to the next logical step.
A popular argument in favor of gay marriage has been respecting the rights of two consenting adults, be they male or female, to marry. However, the concept of “two” is arbitrary as dissenters from traditional marriage have no grounds on which to say that gay marriage is between only two people. Once marriage has been completely reframed from the one man / one woman standard on the grounds of equal rights, there is no good reason to deny equal rights to those seeking marriages of more than two people, especially with secular states and not churches defining marriage.
The shifting of marriage from a Christian cultural reference to a secular reference, the prime goal for feminists and homosexuals, can only be temporary. Despite the best efforts of academic elites, sterilizing humanity of religious inclinations will ultimately fail because God is something more than a product of human chemistry. This empty blandness of a purely human, purely secular, and purely scientific existence creates a vacuum that lacks meaning in life, meaning that was once found in Christianity.
Into this secular vacuum, religion will inevitably rush. It might manifest itself in strange cults or suicidal spirituality or universalist visions, but the human need for religious meaning will be filled. Given that secularists, feminists, and homosexuals have proudly declared the defeat of two millenia of Christianity and Western Civilization, even Christians are laboring for some form of their religion that is passive and compliant with the new world.
Cults are too inherently different in their secret, isolated doctrines to garner too many followers for the long-term. Universal religions are merely a spiritual reflection of the homogenous blandness of secular humanism. The two remaining major religions are Judaism and Islam. Judaism, however, is inherently monogamous in its religious outlook. However, Islam is not.
Modern Islam allows for limited polygamy. Given its uniqueness and the staunch seriousness of its practitioners, it may be the very religion to supplant Christianity and fill the empty void left by secularism while retaining the rights of polygamist marriages. Given that polygamy in Islam is men marrying a woman, it will be patriarchal, the very thing feminists fought against in Christianity. Islam has grown exponentially in European countries where secularism has routed the dominance of Christianity, a trend that is waiting to give flight in the United States, where Christianity is still dominant but overly immature, crippled by accommodation, and splintered by personalities with books and speeches to sell.
As the secular United States inevitably faces the issue of equal rights of polygamous marriage it will have to face the need of its citizens for religious meaning that accomodates marriage of more than two people. Islam can fill that need. It may take half a century or more but it is no longer a distant theory. The change of course will not be absolute nor will it require any sort of violence. However, the change is a real possibility for the future.
There is an upside to such a situation. Vox Day says succinctly:
Thus feminism dies, the victim of its own political success. And thus conservatives learn the bitter lesson of how turning to the state to defend your values is short-sighted and counterproductive.