Monday, December 7, 2015

Norway takes children away from Christians

Just when I begin to think I've heard it all, there comes this story from about a couple in Norway who are reported as having had their five children removed by state officials for teaching them the fairly basic Christian belief that God punishes sin. Their teacher didn't like it, in fact considered it abuse, and contacted the authorities, who lost no time swinging into action. 

What's next? Government intervention for mentioning Christ to child? Having them baptised? Possession of a Bible within 50 feet of a minor?

This story, if the facts are reported are true, is appalling. It is something that a democratic country should be ashamed of. Abuse? The only abuse taking place here is that the family is suffering at the hands of a few narrow-minded bureaucrats.

It is to be hoped that everything possible will be done to restore justice to this family immediately; not only for their sake, but for the sake of the reputation of the people of Norway. Supporters of the family have set up a facebook page with links to a petition and details as to how to email various members of the Norwegian government to voice a concern. Read the story for yourself. And if you think they are being treated abysmally, then go to the facebook page and do what you can to help them out. Thanks.

(BTW: I do realise that there are two sides to this story. However, only one side seems to be putting out any information ... and the other side has not acted to contradict that information or publish its own side. I'd really much rather it turn out that the authorities took the kids away from these parents for another reason; I don't want to believe that we live in a world where a democratic country will start behaving like a secular totalitarian state ... and I'm sure that all the external media attention this story is getting - in the near total absence of any in Norway - can only help the truth emerge.)

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