Marry our daughter -- selling teen brides

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Now and then, we all come across a website that we really hope is a joke, but we're not quite sure. Marry Our Daughter is one of them. If it turns out to be the real thing, I suspect it is legal, at least in some parts of the US, but I have to say that I really, really hope it's satire. The thing is, I know there are in fact some folks out there who are crazy enough to do this.

The website purports to be "an introduction service assisting those following the Biblical tradition of arranging marriages for their Daughters." The girls listed on the front page range in age from fourteen-and-a-half up to seventeen for a "bride price" of $50k all the way down to the bargain basement (if you don't mind an old hag of 17) of $20k. What's a "bride price" you ask? According to the site's FAQ, "the bride price is an ancient custom, somewhat like a dowry. A man wishing to marry a woman would offer her family a Bride Price in cash or kind, or sometimes offer to work for their family."

If you dig a little deeper, you can find Cheyenne B: "We're a Christian family and Cheyenne has had trouble with unchristian desires although at heart we know she's a good Christian girl. She needs a husband with STRONG Christian values who will provide her a STRONG Christian home and help her to live a godly life." She's 16 and only $6k.

I really, really hope this is satire, even if it is in poor taste. What do you think?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.