Christian Couple Charged With “Radicalism and Indoctrination;” Lose Children
By Jack Minor
A Christian couple in Norway has lost custody of their five children over charges that sound more akin to that of a Muslim terrorist.
Marius and Ruth Bodnariu moved to Norway, Ruths native country, ten years ago. The couple were previously members of the Philadelphia Pentecostal Church in Bucharest, Romania. During that time the family raised their family “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
Unlike some Christian families, the Bodnariu’s sent their two daughters and two sons to school rather than homeschool. On November 16, a series of events began that is among every parent’s worst nightmare.
The Barnevernet, Norway’s child welfare service agency showed up at the school without warning or notice and removed the two eldest children without their parent’s knowledge. After the children were taken, Barneverent agents along with police arrived at their home and seized two other children, leaving the parents with their sole remaining child, a young three-month old baby.
However, apparently realizing their “mistake” the authorities showed up the next day to take the infant after the family attempted to resolve the issue at a local police station. Then the following day they were told their children were no longer together but were living with two different families.
On a Facebook page to support the family, Marius’ brother Daniel, who is a pastor, explains that the incident seems to have begun when the children’s principal took it upon herself to contact the Barneverent over concerns how the children were being raised, especially when it came to the family’s Christian beliefs.
“The girls told her they are being disciplined at home. [She also said that] the girls are ‘challenging’ in the sense that they talk a lot and do not want to obey the school rules, but are creative and intelligent,” Daniel Bodnariu explained.
“In her message she also said that the parents are faithful Christians, ‘very Christian’ and the grandmother has a strong faith that God punishes sin, which, in her opinion, creates a disability in children,” he said. “The complaint further says that although the girls are distinguished by good results at school and that she does not believe them to be physically abused at home, she believes that the parents need ‘help’ and guidance from the Barnevernet into raising their children.”
On Nov. 30, the family lost an appeal against the removal of their children on charges of “Christian radicalism and indoctrination.” At the hearing they were told they could visit their three-month old baby Ezekiel twice a week for two hours and they could also see their two sons. However, they were told they would not be allowed to visit their older daughters.
While it may seem to be another case of a government taking an anti-Christian stand, there seems to also be the possibility of political correctness run amok.
Christian Today reported that the Barnevernet has a history of targeting children in immigrant and mixed families.
“While the circumstances of the removal of the children appear extraordinary, Barnevernet has faced a long record of similar charges, particularly related to its treatment of the families of immigrants. In 2011 the children of an Indian couple, Anurup and Sagorika Bhattacharya, were removed from their care in a move that drew severe criticism from the Government of India.
Also in 2011 the children of Eva Michaláková and husband, who originate from the Czech Republic, were removed, and in April 2015 a two-and-a-half month old girl called Maxine, whose mother is a deaf Norwegian and whose father is Slovak. One reason given was ‘lack of eye contact between girl and her parents’.”
However, what is interesting is the phrase “radicalism and indoctrination.” The children were taken just a few days after the terrorist attacks by radical Muslims in Paris, France. When one considers how governments including the United States seem to be going out of their way to separate the Islamic element from these types of attacks, including in San Bernardino, Fort Hood and other shooting incidents, there is a possibility the couple may have been charged in an effort to show that the government is not wanting to single out Muslims for “extremism,” but wants to show that Christians can be just as extreme.
If so, it would be the ultimate act of hypocrisy on behalf of the government, for at no time have the Bodnariu’s been accused of any type of extremism that compares to encouraging their children to become suicide bombers and grow up to hate Jews or infidels.
Government officials have long been worried about the rise of home-schooling. Several years ago, a 7-year-old boy was taken off of an airplane in Sweden as the family was leaving the country because he was homeschooled. In Germany a couple lost their children under a law passed by Adolph Hitler regarding homeschooling. The German government claimed they had a right to prevent the rise of parallel societies. In Kentucky, authorities removed children who were homeschooled and living off the grid. However, the family had access to the Internet so they were not living in squalor.
The reality is, Christian parents are considered a threat to governments who wish to indoctrinate children into their progressive, one-world government agenda. When parents teach their children Biblical values that are contrary to the government program they are a danger because these individuals are less likely to be willing to surrender their liberties and fall in line with unbiblical teaching in an attempt to “go along to get along.”
In the days to come, with the government attempting to equate opposition to homosexuality with hate speech, we may expect events such as what happened in Norway to come to America. It is only a matter of time.
Most people if asked would say ‘radical Islam’ is the greatest danger to us all today. They would be wrong. Atheism is, and always has been the greatest danger. It is responsible for more wars, murder and oppression than any religious ideology. It’s death toll runs into hundreds of millions. Yet Atheists totally ignore this fact when they argue that oppressive acts like this are justified.
Atheism is the wicked motivation behind the Barnevernet actions.