HISTORICAL FACT: “In the group of [Joseph] Smith’s well-documented wives, eleven (33 percent) were 14 to 20 years old when they married him. Nine wives (27 percent) were twenty-one to thirty years old. Eight wives (24 percent) were in Smith’s own peer group, ages thirty-one to forty. In the group aged forty-one to fifty, there is a substantial drop off: two wives, or 6 percent, and three (9 percent) in the group fifty-one to sixty.” -Todd Compton, In Sacred Loneliness, p. 11. [source]
COMMENTARY: Okay, so next Mormons will say that it wasn’t completely unheard of for a 14-year-old to marry in those days. But to a 37-year-old man? That seems a little rapey to me, but what do I know? I’m just another apostate.