The question is then raised, what degree of socially unacceptable behavior warrants removing children from their families?
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I think the real question is what do we expect from the nanny state?
Perhaps all children should be raised by the state and in government institutions? Maybe if we want a truly homogeneous utopian society it is time to give up the idea of family? It may be even unfair to expect parents to be so PC that they could raise a child the way government experts would like? Maybe all children should be removed from parents who haven't the proper academic training and qualifications? Sure it sounds strange now but if we are really going to have a perfect society I think this is a requirement. Certainly the communists understand this point, so did Hitler. It makes sense then that a corporatist fascist nation like ourselves would understand this. Maybe we could have companies raise the children like we have them run prisons?
One thing is certain however, before this can happen, it will be over my dead body.
This is a hard one. The report I heard on CBC Radio while driving home from work today indicated the custodial parents--mother and step-father to the 7-year old, mother and father to the 2-year old--are neo-Nazi white supremacists, but it wasn't clear whether both parents are laying this on the kids or just one of them. Either way, that's a pretty ugly ideology to be teaching children, but it's far from clear to me where to draw this line. At what point does teaching your children what you believe become abuse? Richard Dawkins has argued that teaching children your religious beliefs is abusive, but while I agree with Dawkins on many things I can't buy that one except in the extreme, e.g. your religious beliefs legitimize killing anyone who disagrees with them. This is what I think of as the "ignorant idiot" factor, based on cases like Ernst Zundel's and David Ahenakew's: you can believe whatever you want, and in private express whatever views you want, but the state will stop you from being an ignorant idiot in public.
But who gets to define what that means? As an atheist I disagree strongly with all religiously based opinions, for instance, but I'm not arrogant enough to attempt it and I'm not sure I want the state to attempt it on my behalf.
A seven-year-old girl and a boy, 2, were recently taken by child welfare workers from a home in south Winnipeg after the girl showed up at school with "hate-related drawings on her body," police Const. Blair Good said Monday. Good would not confirm a media report that quoted unnamed sources as saying the girl was sporting a swastika and a white supremacy slogan.
As you all can see, it's not a matter of just the parents beliefs. Also there is concern with alcohol and drug abuse in the home.
Manitoba Child and Family Services is prepared to return two young children to their Winnipeg mother -- an alleged neo-Nazi -- and drop their application for permanent custody, the Winnipeg Free Press has learned.The deal would involve having the seven-year-old girl and two-year-old boy slowly integrated back into the home, first on weekends and eventually back to full-time care.
The development came after the mother -- who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children -- recently separated from her husband, an admitted white supremacist who has made a series of disturbing online posts in recent months.
Other concerns were expressed, including the fact the little girl had missed 39 days of school this year. She told authorities her parents sleep in and don't want to get her ready or take her. There were also concerns about alcohol and drug use in the home.