As I watched the TN General Assembly video/April 10th/Finance, Ways & Means Committee/ Vote on part two of HB407, I couldn’t help flashing back to a definition I had learned in a World History class.
Genocide: In 1948 the UN approved its Convention on the Prevention & Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG), which defined genocide as any of a number of acts “committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethical, racial or religious group”. This includes causing seriously bodily or mental harm to members of the group, inflicting conditions of life intended to bring about the groups demise, imposing measures intended to prevent births or forcibly removing the group’s children.
Evil things happen in this world, genocide being one of them, when Bills such as HB407 are presented, intentionally seeking to destroy a group of people in this country, we are headed down a slippery slope that there’s no coming back from. Has world history taught us nothing?
In a nutshell, this bill seems to be more than a firm suggestion to registrants that they forget about procreating since they wouldn’t be allowed to remain within the family home overnight if there were minor children there, even if they were their own biological children.
And what about those who already have families with children? Will they now be forced to seek different sleeping quarters during the overnight hours? The bill doesn’t say what happens to these registrants and their families.
Genocide. Acts committed with the intent to destroy in whole or in part a national group. There are registrants across this nation, numbers growing every minute, you can’t get more of a national group than that. And isn’t this Bill intended to destroy registrants? To snuff out any future heirs? To end their lineage?
Genocide. Causing seriously bodily or mental harm to members of the group. Registrants are being bullied, beaten and killed. Many suffer from PTSD. Their families are harmed, mentally and socially. The serious harm is evident.
Genocide. Imposing measures intended to prevent births. This Bill seeks to intently destroy a registrant’s right to create children by making it impossible for them to live with their own offspring. The idea that every registrant is a threat to children “especially” during the overnight hours is ludicrous.
Genocide. Forcibly removing a group’s children. This Bill would force either the registrant or the registrant’s children to relocate every night. It seems we are not just breaking up families at the borders of this country but within the very heart of the country. What has happened to us?
Genocide. Inflicting conditions of life intended to bring about the groups demise. HB407 seeks to effectively kill the very idea that a registrant could have a normal family life, thereby putting an end to the likelihood that they would want to have offspring.
Is this some bible thumping, god-fearing, backwoods politician’s way of cleansing the gene-pool? “Don’t let those “sex offenders or violent sex offenders” procreate, break up the families they already have and pretty soon TN will be rid of this “sex offender” scourge.” Cleansing the gene pool. Seems I’ve heard that somewhere in World History too.
HB407 is sick and it reflects badly on the politicians who came up with a Bill that is a close reflection of an evil part of our world history.
Genocide is sick and while the US Senate was one of the 1948 CPPCG convention’s original signatories, the US didn’t ratify it until 1988. Why they waited so long is anyone’s guess.
At this writing, HB407 has been “put behind the budget”, meaning since it will cost the state money (what, more P.O’s, more police, social workers to remove children from registrants homes in the dead of the night?) it will have to wait until the new Governor establishes his budget.
What are these politician’s thinking?