CBC, 10th July 2008 Winnipeg ‘white pride’ mother regrets redrawing swastika on child’s arm
Child and Family Services seized the mother’s children, causing her intense grief, because of symbols found at the home indicating white nationalist beliefs.
“The mother has been fighting in court for four months to get back her children, who are living with extended family. The mother can see her children for two hours a week. …The case has sparked questions about whether the state has the right to protect children from their parents’ beliefs…”
“University of Winnipeg professor Helmut-Harry Loewen, an expert on hate groups, said while he disagrees with the ideology, he fears taking custody based on beliefs is draconian.”
“”If children are apprehended based on parents’ political or religious beliefs, then one is opening a kind of slippery slope,” he said.”
The state does not have a moral right to abduct children because of their parents’ beliefs. Seizing children is an extreme punishment. This website supports freedom of conscience and freedom of expression *especially* when it comes to political beliefs. Yes, I know, it sounds like the Charter of Rights.
The parents are primarily responsible for their children, not the state. The state and others have a right and obligation to protect children from genuine abuse. This isn’t genuine abuse at all, except abuse directed at the parents. No, we shouldn’t tolerate the state abusing parents. And I don’t buy in to the belief of associating goodness with the government, because I know these governments used to be involved in eugenics and removing native children from their homes.
The lessons from the bully-class are clear: Watch what you say. Watch what you believe and think. Live in fear of government employees, including teachers, who monitor your beliefs.
July 12th, 2008