NAUSTDAL, Norway (ChurchMilitant.com) - Norway has begun the adoption process for five children the government seized last year from parents whom they accused of "Christian indoctrination."
In December, ChurchMilitant.com reported on the plight of the Bodnariu family, whose children were forcibly removed from their home, in spite of the fact that no evidence of physical abuse was found. Now it appears the children may be permanently separated from their parents, as the adoption process has been set in motion.
Last November, Norway's Child Welfare Services, also known as "Barnevernet," took the children from the Bodnarius' home because their parents taught them such things as "God punishes sin" — a teaching the school principal (who initially filed the complaint against Mr. and Mrs. Bodnariu) claimed "creates a disability in the children."
The principal, concerned about the children's "religious upbringing," had contacted Barnevernet asking that the parents receive "counseling." This resulted in Barnevernet's sudden removal of all five children from the home without first interviewing the parents.
The children are now in three separate foster homes. The parents, Ruth and Marius, can see their infant son twice a week, but only Ruth can visit her two oldest sons and then just once a week. Neither parent has been allowed to visit their two daughters.
The children's uncle testified that Barnevernet, when it came to the home to remove their baby, had told the mother, Ruth, "The kids don't even miss you; what kind of parents are you?" The uncle complained, "On the other hand, the children are told that their parents abandoned them and that they do not care!"
Romanian senator Titus Corlatean condemned the action as religious discrimination, and hundreds of Christians are protesting outside the Norwegian embassies in Romania and Spain. A Christian pastor, speaking on behalf of those rallying behind the family, declared:
This is an issue that is not going to die down for us. The community is very, very motivated and we are not going to stop and it is not going to end until we see those children released to their parents. We are prepared to go for the long run. If it takes years, then so be it — we are not going to stop.
A petition begun in the family's behalf has garnered nearly 50,000 signatures.
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