Norway's Child Welfare Services: STOP religious persecution of Christian Family
Recent reports pertaining to the treatment of the Bodnariu Family by Norway's Child Welfare Service are distressing.
According to several media reports, Norway's Child Welfare Service, the Barnevernet, removed the family's five children (including a nursing baby) from their parents, alleging, "Christian radicalisation and indoctrination." Also alleged against them was the discipline of their children by spanking, which is forbidden in Norway.
When the state apparatus began its action against the Bodnariu Family, social service agents first seized the couple's two daughters, then their two sons, and subsequently their baby. All of the children, except for the baby, were taken by the state, without the parents' knowledge, and hidden in an undisclosed location.
For weeks, the parents, Ruth and Marius, were not allowed contact with their children. Instead, they were told that the children had already been placed in foster homes, and that they "didn't miss their parents."
Even after the parents were detained and interrogated for several hours by authorities, they were set free. And, no documentation of abuse or otherwise has ever been levelled against the Bodnariu parents.
Now, even if the spanking allegations are true, the Child Welfare Service of Norway's own website states the following: "The Child Welfare Services’ first duty is to provide help and support to the parents so that they can be good carers for their children." It goes on to say that: "If such measures and initiatives fail to produce the desired result, or if the problems experienced by the parents for whatever reason are insurmountable, an alternative may be to relocate the child or children outside the home for a shorter or longer period."
In this case, it seems as though the "first duty", "to provide help and support to the parents," was summarily and unjustly dispensed with.
Instead, there appears to be a chilling focus on the religious upbringing of the Bodnariu's children, as, perhaps, "an insurmountable problem" to the state.
This should not be so. Non-abusive parents - as every indication the Bodnariu parents are - should be first given the opportunity to make amends, if necessary. In cases like these - and, yes, in Norway, there have been other similar cases in recent years - the hand of the Government is neither instructive or loving, but illiberal and destructive.
The very notion, that the state should intervene in such a draconian and disproportionate manner, to essentially destroy a family, based on (even if in part), the religious upbringing of their children, is frightening and wrong.
This is a form of religious persecution which should be officially protested by the US and the EU, and sanctioned if necessary.
Finally, this petition calls on the Norwegian Government to immediately reunite the Bodnariu children with their parents.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Official Webpage of Norway's Child Welfare Services - http://www.bufdir.no/en/English_start_page/The_Norwegian_Child_Welfare_Services/
News article on the case - http://www.wnd.com/2015/12/norway-seizes-kids-over-familys-christian-indoctrination/
News article on the case - http://www.christian.org.uk/news/children-seized-from-parents-for-christian-indoctrination/
News article on alleged, past (other) injustices by Norway's Child Welfare Services - https://www.rt.com/news/263625-norway-children-welfare-protest/
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Separation of the Bodnariu Family because of their faith is an unjust form of religious persecution