Norway's Child Welfare Services: STOP religious persecution of Christian Family

Norway: Stop abusing your authority! Reunite Christian kids and parents!

 

Norway's Child Welfare Services: STOP religious persecution of Christian Family

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Separation of the Bodnariu Family because of their faith is an unjust form of religious persecution

Dear Norwegian Minister for Children, Ms Solveig Horne,

Dear High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms Federica Mogherini,

Dear US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Mr David Saperstein,

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.

But, after the parents, Ruth and Marius, 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." But, 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."

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. This is a form of religious persecution which should be officially protested by the US and the EU, and sanctioned if necessary.

Finally, we call on the Bodnariu children to be reunited with their parents immediately.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Norway's Child Welfare Services: STOP religious persecution of Christian Family

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