Saturday, February 23, 2008

Western Culture Encourages Polygamy by Paying Welfare Benefits for Separate Wives

By TOM GODFREY -- Sun Media The Toronto Sun

Hundreds of GTA Muslim men in polygamous marriages -- some with a harem of wives -- are receiving welfare and social benefits for each of their spouses, thanks to the city and province, Muslim leaders say. ..polygamous marriages are recognized as spouses under the Ontario Family Law Act, providing they were legally married under Muslim laws abroad.

"Polygamy is a regular part of life for many Muslims," Ali said yesterday. "Ontario recognizes religious marriages for Muslims and others."

He estimates "several hundred" GTA husbands in polygamous marriages are receiving benefits. Under Islamic law, a Muslim man is permitted to have up to four spouses.

The average recipient with a child can receive about $1,500 monthly, city officials said.

"There are many people in the community who are taking advantage of this," Ali said. "This is a law and there's nothing wrong with it."

"Canada is a very liberal-minded country," Ali said. "Canada is way ahead of Britain in this respect."

He said Britain recently began permitting husbands to collect benefits for each of their wives.
Not to encourage any of you to convert to Islam but it does have its benefits ! Wonder how long it will be before the US (catches up with Canada and the UK?)

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