I didn’t tag this post as religious in nature, because it’s not really about religious philosophy or any of the elements in that arena where critical thinking may be necessary.Â It’s kind of political in nature, but that doesn’t really cover it fully either.Â No, this post isÂ aboutÂ the odd way oneÂ groupÂ is making a stand against something it sees as an injustice.Â Unfortunately, the Skepchick blog doesn’t have a tag for well-intentioned but extremely misguided movements, so I just tagged it “Current Events”.
I’ll save you my usual jokey rants and overblownÂ proselytizingÂ on this lovely Friday, andÂ simply break this down for you in small, easilyÂ digestable little chunks:
Just the Facts
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day SaintÂ (FLDS) have aÂ retreat in Eldorado, Texas thatÂ was raided this month by state law enforcement officials because polygamy laws were being violated, and because their was evidence of indiscretions with underage girls.
The children of the families in the retreat have been taken into custody by Child Protective Services (CPS), and are about to be distributed to foster homes, like cards being dealt at a poker table.
The parents and FLDS thinkÂ CPS should return the children to their families. (I agree. The polygamists and the statutory rapists broke the law, not the children.)
The FLDS is exercising its free speech rights and protesting the actions of the state and CPS.
FLDS has a strong member base in Utah.
Houston, Texas has a professional basketball team called the Rockets.
Utah has a professional basket ball team called the Jazz.Â The JazzÂ playÂ their home games in Salt Lake City.
The Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz are pitted against each other in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Last night (Thursday, April 24, 2008), the Rockets and the Jazz played the third gameÂ of their playoff series in EnergySolution Arena in Salt Lake City.
A crowd of roughly 50 protesters held a rallyÂ outside EnergySolution Arena before theÂ game in support of theÂ FLDS families.
Salt Lake City attorney Bob Breeze sponsored the rally, and hasÂ another planned before Saturday’s Game.
Breeze called for the Rockets and Jazz to cancel the remainder of their playoff series.
Breeze called for FLDS supporters to also protest at the hotel rooms of Rockets players.
Now the Opinions
I am fully on board with FLDS (never thought I’d type those words in my life) when it comes to the welfare of the children.
Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to exerciseÂ his or herÂ right to free speech and to protest, and they should take advantage of those rights whenever they see fit.
It’s a good idea to think through your protest beforehand.
LobbyingÂ to cancel an event, like basketball playoff game, for completely unrelated matters is a bad idea.
Not a single professional basketball player from Houston (or from the entire state of Texas for that matter) hasÂ any pull when it comes to the actions of law enforcement or CPS.
Even though they are in the public eye, professional basketball players should be granted their privacy when away from the basketball arena.
There are alwaysÂ better ways to get media attention forÂ one’s cause thanÂ the initial plan. One should always look into the alternatives before acting.