China has an evil one-child policy–often extolled by the Malthusians among radical environmentalists and global warming hysterics as a needed authoritarian action to “save the planet.” Now, we see the tyranny of Myanmar imposing a two-child limit–but only against the nation’s Muslims. From the NYT story:
The local authorities in the western state of Rakhine in Myanmar have imposed a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists in the area and comes amid accusations of ethnic cleansing during earlier sectarian violence. Officials said Saturday that the new measure would be applied to two Rakhine townships that border Bangladesh and that have the highest Muslim populations in the state.
The unusual order makes Myanmar perhaps the only country in the world to impose such a restriction on a religious group, and it is likely to fuel further criticism that Muslims are being discriminated against in the Buddhist-majority country.
Ever since the Population Bomb warned incorrectly that we are doomed due to over-breeding, Deep Ecologists and their anti-human ilk and progeny have yearned for forced population control. The “villain”–perhaps really the hero of Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno–seeks to spread a virus that will make 1/3 of the world involuntarily infertile, and I would bet that many on the Left would applaud if such a thing could actually be done. But this is the first case I have heard of forced population control as a form of religious persecution. Not good. Not good at all.
Reprinted with permission from Human Exceptionalism.