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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review July 31, 2006 / 6 Menachem-Av, 5766

Five reasons to never forget the children

By Kathryn Lopez

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A brutal crime was committed in 2001. Five Texas children were killed. Their mother, Andrea Yates, was charged with their murders. A second brutal crime was committed just this summer, in Houston: Yates was found "not guilty" of the crime "by reason of insanity."

There is, of course, no question that Yates is a deeply disturbed (yes, sick) woman. Her children — Noah, 7; John, 5; Luke, 3; Paul, 2; and Mary, 6 months — are dead, believed to have been drowned one at a time.

She was originally convicted on charges related to their deaths, only to have the sentence overturned because of erroneous testimony. A retrial resulted in this new "not guilty" injustice.

During her trials, prosecutors said that Noah, whose body was found with internal and external bruising, scratches and abrasions — lived the longest, having put up the biggest fight; his mother, according to testimony, had to chase him down and drag him to the bathtub where his siblings had just been drowned.

Prosecutors argued that, though ill, she knew right from wrong and what she was doing when she killed her kids one at a time. Her lawyers argued she knew what she was doing, but thought it was right — she was battling Satan, according to Yates, and her children would go to heaven if she killed them. It was all for the good, in her post-partum-depression mess of a head.

We certainly should feel empathy for the mentally ill. But what about the children who suffered at her hands — the ones now dead?

There's something off about "justice" when a perpetrator of such an unspeakable evil can be declared, essentially, blameless. We should be worried what it means for us if we let the memory of those dead children get lost in the ebb and tide of other headlines in a fast-moving world.

Instead, absent in our national consciousness — if media chatter is any indication — are the Yates children. When we read or hear of a "Yates," it's anyone but the murdered innocents. When the "not guilty" came in, Yates's ex-husband (he since remarried), Rusty, was seen smiling. We're apparently supposed to care about how he's feeling and she's feeling (if Matt Lauer's questions are any indication).

The dead children's father has probably been Andrea's biggest public booster, though he's certainly not alone in working to soften her image. Among those are feminists. Judith Warner, now a New York Times columnist, in her 2005 book "Perfect Madness," called Yates "a supermom unhinged." Groups have rushed to make her a poster girl. The National Organization of Women, no friend to children, rushed to establish the Andrea Pia Yates Support Coalition.

Feminists, though, are not alone. The cult of victimology has taken on Yates as one of its own. Her actions, by the way, also exposed "the dark side" of home-schooling, a CBS report told viewers.

And why wouldn't everyone want to get a piece of Andrea Yates? She's everymom! As Rusty Yates said on verdict day, as he often does, "Andrea was ordinarily a loving mother, who was crippled by disease."

Enough! — five times over.

That she was mentally ill was not breaking news the day the kids turned up dead. No stranger to psychiatric hospitalization, she had recently tried to take her own life. Why exactly was she home alone with the children to begin with? Does any logical person think that, with Andrea's psychiatric history and recorded psychotic behavior, this wouldn't eventually end poorly, whether it was for Andrea herself or her children?

As for her husband, is he kidding? Rather than refusing to place blame for murder where it's due, and instead attacking prosecutors for prosecuting, he ought to be reflecting on what factors led up to this completely irredeemable tragedy. Instead, this parental disaster has become a national shame.

Wait, no it hasn't. That's the problem.

We're told that Andrea and Rusty are "happy" about the verdict. It's been five years since their five kids were murdered. They've moved on. Perhaps we should move on too?

In fact, when I blogged on this the day of the ruling, many of my readers told me to do just that. Stop writing about the insanity of the Yates insanity verdict.

No, no, no, no, no. That would be ... insane.

The bond between a mother and child is humanity's most fundamental. In a country where abortion, cloning — and other practices that make us less inclined to protect human life — are routine, a lack of focus on the real, unreturnable victims of the Yates murders only further compromises our obligations to protecting the most vulnerable among us. And, contrary to Mr. Yates's contention, the only "tremendous victory" in Mrs. Yates's verdict was one for a culture of death.

"The jury looked past what happened and looked at why it happened," Rusty Yates said outside the Harris County courtroom after the "not guilty" word came in.

Rusty, please ask Noah, John, Luke, Paul and Mary to look past what happened.

Oh, wait — you can't.

No one can.

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