Who Gets to Decide?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the parents who had their children taken away from them because of their Neo-Nazi politics (and the fact that they are teaching their views to their children). There is a link to the CBC radio story here, but the story is all over the web because the parents are in court trying to get their kids back. Now, I am not for a second endorsing NeoNaxi politics (or encouraging a child to draw a swastika on her arm, which is aparently what started the whole thing). However, something I heard in the news coverage is very disturbing. I think it was on The Current, in the story I linked to, but it could have been somewhere else. A social worker type was being interviewed, and she said (I paraphrase):

We would never take a child away from his or her parents because of their parents’ views. We would only do that if their views were harming the children

Do you see the implications of that? Who gets to define “harm”? Ten years down the road could my belief that the Bible is God’s word written and we should obey it be deemed harmful enough for my children to be taken away from me? This is an extremely disturbing development, in my mind.

Comments on: "Who Gets to Decide?" (4)

  1. It’s a tricky one, that. The tipping point for me was realizing that if an adult had said exactly what the child was quoted to have said, that would qualify as “hate speech” under Canadian law.

    And, Anne Coulter notwithstanding, no one’s anywhere near defining the Bible as “hate speech”.

  2. I don’t know about that, Henry. I think that is the trajectory we are on.

  3. Henry, I don’t think we are too far away from a time when elements within the ACoC will declare that certain parts of the Bible are hate literature. It wouldn’t surprise me to hear that it has happened already.

    We are living in a time of Grace in light of the broader history of the Christian church and believers should neither be surprised or disheartened if religious persecution starts to be sanctioned by the state.

  4. olivehope said:

    Kate, I had those same thoughts when I heard the story.

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