Sorin Leahu, an attorney with Mauck & Baker law firm, writes an insightful article about the long term legal and social ramifications of the Bodnariu case in Norway. I recommend this article to anyone concerned about parental rights in particular and human liberty in general.
Sorin Leahu writes:
In 1865, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, published his famous novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Readers then and now continue to be mystified by a narrative that can only be described as illogical and wholly irrational. The novel introduced readers to a world of such absurdity that it helped launch the phenomenon now known as the literary-nonsense genre.
Lately, another story has been unfolding rivaling even Carrol’s work within the same genre. Our newsletter published a brief note on this case back in January. To review, in November 2015, a loving family was dragged down a legal rabbit hole and introduced to the whacky world of institutionalized kidnapping. Barnevert, Norway’s child protective services, seized Marius and Ruth Bodnariu’s five children after suspicions that they were receiving “Christian indoctrination.” “Christian indoctrination,” of course, is a term of art; most would recognize it simply as religious education. Not content with competing education, however, the State seized the five children and placed them with three separate foster homes where, presumably, they will receive State sanctioned indoctrination instead. Without having committed a crime, and with no due process, two parents have lost their children. The parents must now overcome baseless charges and seek vindication in Norwegian courts, or alternatively, the European Court of Human Rights.
United States Precedent
The family’s prospects would be much different in the United States. Unlike Norway, the United States Supreme Court has for some time now recognized the rights of parents continue reading here