Coyote pups

by H. Millard © 2008

Ranchers in Texas understand that if you kill coyotes, those you miss start having higher birth rates so  that you often end up with more coyotes than you started with.  Coyotes don't think about this strategy for survival, nature has built it into their genes. It just happens. 

What about humans?  Sometimes we have to use our brains to come up with strategies to survive.
Sometimes it seems that our big brains can be both our blessing and our curse.  They're a blessing because we can to some degree steer our own destinies by making informed choices. They're a curse because we can mistakenly steer in the wrong direction by overriding instincts that nature has built into us for our survival.  And, while this line of thought takes us off into various directions about the proper age to mate and bear children and much more, this would be a digression in the present column so, dear reader, permit me to leave such a discussion for a later column even though it does relate to the present issue.
Time will tell, but perhaps the women of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), who just had all 467 (that's the latest total) of their children stolen by the State of Texas, will take a lesson from the coyotes and all start getting pregnant and having even more children.
What will the state do then?  Will it abort all the babies?  Will it surround the hospitals with tanks and send armed goons into the delivery rooms to grab the babies as soon as they are born?  Will they sterilize all the women?  Will they sterilize all the men?  Will they forbid men and women from being together?  Will they force all the women to take birth control pills?  Maybe slip birth control medicine into their food and water? Maybe force or trick them all into taking morning after pills? Will the state throw the women in prison if they become pregnant? Maybe the state will open a spay and neuter clinic for people in all religions that those in power don't like, so they can treat them like dogs as they're now treating the peaceful people of the FLDS.
And, when the 467 stolen children become adults and can no longer be forced to stay in state approved reeducation homes, will they return to the fold and will they also follow the coyote strategy?  There is no sweeter payback than to outbreed your enemies and dance on their graves after they have died of old age and left few children behind.
Don't give me that crap that this outrage in Texas is about protecting the children from  abuse.  The state even stopped nursing mothers from being with their tiny infants. How in the world would those mothers abuse their children?  There is no history of that in the FLDS, and no claim of such a thing even from the haters and bigots. To many people, this sure sounds like an attempt to destroy this religion.
Perhaps Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is a Methodist, can explain to the American people why the UN resolution on genocide does not apply in this case. 
And, perhaps he can reveal to the American people the religions of all the other major state players in this abomination that has taken place on his watch.  Don't say it's not relevant.  It is.  When the peaceful members of one religion have their homes and their religious sanctuary invaded and have their children forcefully taken from them by members of other religions who then put these children in the care of people of a religion different from that of the children and their parents, red flags should go up. 
Religion is so central to the lives of the FLDS people that this isn't like taking a Baptist kid and putting him in the home of a Presbyterian.  This is like taking an orthodox Jewish kid and putting him in the home of a Muslim or a Catholic.
Below are the relevant portions of the UN resolution on genocide.  I've asked myself why reasonable people should think that what is going on in Texas is somehow different than the acts of genocide enumerated in this resolution. Especially see Article 2, b through e. I couldn't come up with a good answer to myself.  Maybe Perry and the State of Texas can tell me where I'm wrong.
Yes, I know, the issue seems to revolve around the word "intent." And Texas will say there is no such intent to destroy the FLDS.  But, intent is determined by the evidence. And, the evidence as reported in the press is that every single child has been taken by the state including nursing infants just a couple of months old. If this is about abuse, as claimed by Texas, then only those children who are abused should be taken, and only the parents who do the abusing should be caught up in this.
And, just to be clear, (e) states that  "forcibly transferring children of the [religious] group to another group," is genocide.

Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

Adopted by Resolution 260 (III) A of the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948.

Article 1

The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.

Article 2

In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

Article 3

The following acts shall be punishable:

Article 4

Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in Article 3 shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals.

As I've written before, bigots don't change, they just change their targets.
Yesterday's bigoted basher of Jews and blacks and gays and Catholics and people who are different, is today's basher of the FLDS people.  If you read the hateful comments of some dimwits, you'll see that bigotry and hate are still alive.
Freedom and civil rights aren't given to anyone.  If you want your civil rights and freedom, you have to struggle to get and keep them against those who want to take them from you. 
Maybe it's time for the FLDS people to give up the failed strategy of thinking FLDS haters will leave them alone if they just mind their own business and leave everyone else alone.  Don't ask, don't tell isn't working. Maybe it's time to take the legal and peaceful street action this is needed to make sure they can follow their religion as they believe God wants them to follow it.
Blacks and gays didn't get rights and freedom until they stopped letting others discriminate against them.
Here's the link to the FLDS Website about the stolen children:

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