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Canadian Polygamist Leader Arrested

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Officials in western Canada
say the leader of a polygamous religious group has been arrested
and charged with practicing polygamy.

Winston Blackmore runs an independent sect of about 400 in Bountiful, British Columbia. He once ran the Canadian arm of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but was excommunicated in 2003 by its leader, Warren Jeffs.

The FLDS practices polygamy in arranged marriages, a tradition tied to the early theology of the Mormon church. Mormons renounced polygamy in 1890 as a condition of Utah's statehood.

Blackmore openly admits to having numerous wives and dozens of children but has said the community abhors sexual abuse of children.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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