And Next They Came For The Home-Schoolers…..
I tend not to care much what happens in Sweden. I assume what happens in Sweden stays in Sweden. They voted for their socialist overclass; they can suck it up or die like the kulaks.
Yet now it appears this garbage won’t remain in the frigid far-left arctic. A UN Treaty apparently gives governments legal right to seize children being home-schooled under the aegis of child welfare. To make matters worse, Barack Obama would like the US Senate to ratify this treaty.
It seems the Swedish government has grown concerned about parents who home school their kids. So concerned that they take these children away from their parents. Not sending your children to a government school has become the legal equivalent to child abuse in Sweden. The UN Convention on The Rights of the Child has become the legal hammer Swedish tyrants use to crush homeschooled families with. Details follow below.
“Parents have the right and authority to make decisions regarding their children’s education without government interference,” said ADF Legal Counsel Roger Kiska, who is based in Europe. “This is about a socialist government trying to create a cookie-cutter child in its own image. Without help, the parents in these cases are really powerless since the system is so one sided.”
Swedish authorities forcibly removed Dominic Johansson from his parents, Christer and Annie Johansson, in June of last year from a plane they had boarded to move to Annie’s home country of India. The officials did not have a warrant nor have they charged the Johanssons with any crime. (My bolding for emphasis) The officials seized the child because they believe home schooling is an inappropriate way to raise a child and insist the government should raise Dominic instead.
“It’s one of the most disgraceful abuses of power we have ever witnessed,” said HSLDA attorney Mike Donnelly. “The Swedish government says it is exercising its authority under the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child in their unnecessary break up of this family. In addition, the Swedish Parliament is considering an essential ban on home schooling. We have heard that other home-schooling families in Sweden are having more difficulty with local officials. We fear that all home-schooling families in that country are at risk.”
Again, I could probably care less if this were done under Swedish law. In that case, once we’ve replaced Barack Obama with a civilized president, we could offer this family asylum. That is something we typically do when people in The Chad or Yemen suffer similarly barbaric treatment at the hands of their government.
Regrettably, Sweden does not have the moral courage to do this under Swedish Law. They hide behind the skirts of the UN. This means that what happens in Sweden potentially becomes legal precedent to enact similar criminal despotism in the United States if the US Senate were to ratify this treaty. A fact that couldn’t go unnoticed by the current administration.
There are other complicating factors involved. No good socialist bureaucracy ever leaves anything in black and white. It seems the Johansson child has not been vaccinated and that home-schoolers do not meet Sweden’s standards for academic performance. The government also claims they are not well socialized – which leaves these children better off than most of Sweden’s industrial base.
This bill of particulars led the government to seek a court order leading to the Bill of Attainder effected against young Dominic Johansson. Under this incarceration, the parents were originally permitted to see the child two hours per week. Now that has been reduced to one hour every five weeks. It’s for Young Dominic’s welfare, you see.
Oh; and the family won’t get to see him at Christmas. The government workers will be on vacation then.
This travesty of justice, including Bills of Attainder that are blatantly unconstitutional in the US has done nothing to dissuade a very predictable cast of characters from championing this treaty in the US Senate. The Huffington Post identifies the predictable cheerleaders for this creation of INGSOC.
Democrats from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to California Sen. Barbara Boxer, chair of a Senate subcommittee on human rights, have advocated pushing for Senate ratification of the treaty, which requires two-thirds approval in the 100-seat chamber. But opponents in the U.S. have long argued that it could open the door to outside interference from government and U.N. officials in what they say are parents’ rights to raise a child as they see fit.
Stunningly, Somalia and the United States are the only two nations not on board with the UN Convention on Child Rights. Perhaps the Somalians aren’t so bad after all. It would be totally ironic if they became the last place left on Earth where two parents could still educate a child in the manner they saw fit without the hostile intervention of a dictatorial government.