Norway’s Orwellian system of child protection and care

April 17, 2018

Tomáš Zdechovský
Photo by The Sunday Guardian

Written by Tomáš Zdechovský, a Member of the European Parliament

If I have to talk about Norway’s child protection services, Barnevernet, I admit that I have exchanged my favourite quote: “Believe in victory, and victory will believe in you” for a different one: “A blind person is not the one who cannot see, but the one who does not want to see.”

The case foremost in my mind is of a Czech mother Eva Michalakova, whose two sons were taken by Barnevernet. This was the first case of the state-sponsored snatching of children in which I got involved. Before this I was mostly fighting for the rights of fathers for access to their children after divorce. These fathers had been unfairly deprived of a full relationship with their children, but the case of Eva was far worse. Her boys had been taken on allegations of child abuse that were proven to be false and yet the children had not been returned. Even three years after the allegations were found to be false, Barnevernet refused to return the children.

The unfortunate brothers are till today being brought up separately in two different foster families. Barnevernet claims they are allowed to see each other once a month for a short time. Initially Eva was permitted to see them individually for two hours twice a year. Such visits that took place were under strict supervision and very harsh rules; no physical contact was allowed and use of the boys’ mother tongue—Czech—was prohibited. If she reminded the boys of their nice moments together in the past, the visitation would be immediately terminated.

Later even this meager visitation was cancelled on the ground that the mother had “harmed” the children by going public with the story of their removal. The boys’ grandfather was deprived, even on his deathbed, of the chance to speak to them once before dying. He was not even permitted to contact them via Skype on the grounds that he had shared one of the boys’ illustrations on Facebook, which was said to be “uncomfortable” for the boy. It turned out that even this silly claim was false, as in reality the grandfather had no Facebook account. And there was also no way for him to get an illustration.

READ THE REST OF THIS SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE ARTICLE HERE.
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This article is published in collaboration with http://www.saveyourchildren.in, lawyer Suranya Aiyar’s website critiquing the role of governments and NGOs in child-related policy.

I will eventually link to each article in this outstanding series of articles. I am very appreciative of Suranya Aiyar’s efforts. She has not only made a big difference in her home country of India by making her fellow countrymen aware of these evils, she has been an advocate for children all over the world.

cr


The Immutability of God

April 12, 2018

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Photo from
https://archive.spurgeon.org/

A Sermon (No. 1) delivered on January 7th, 1855 by C. H. Spurgeon at New Park Street Chapel, Southwark.

“I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”—Malachi 3:6

It has been said by some one that “the proper study of mankind is man.” I will not oppose the idea, but I believe it is equally true that the proper study of God’s elect is God; the proper study of a Christian is the Godhead. The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father. There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity. Other subjects we can compass and grapple with; in them we feel a kind of self-content, and go our way with the thought, “Behold I am wise.” But when we come to this master-science, finding that our plumb-line cannot sound its depth, and that our eagle eye cannot see its height, we turn away with the thought, that vain man would be wise, but he is like a wild ass’s colt; and with the solemn exclamation, “I am but of yesterday, and know nothing.” No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind, than thoughts of God.

Click here to read the rest of Mr. Spurgeon’s sermon…

Source: The Spurgeon Archive


Eugene Lukjanenko is Out of Prison…Sends Message to Wings of the Wind Readers

April 5, 2018

(Comment made in the comment section of THIS POST on this blog on April 5th, 2018)

Dear friends! Thank you so much for your ongoing support!

I was released on the 23rd of March. I got my demands partly met due to my hunger strike. I would commend highly Elmley prison officials who did their best to facilitate my son visiting me in prison and negotiating with Medway. So prison officials act as human rights protectors, they simply could not understand why I was imprisoned. I need to be confidential as the process is not finished yet. You know me and my son’s aim is to be reunited. I need now to face consequences of hunger strike. Several medical tests show my body is down. Long term consequences are not clear.

I could definitely survive only with G-D s help.

I have read with disgust the outrageous “comments” of someone whose name is not clear for me- Yolande? The truth is that this person is seriously mentally ill – she even accused me in conspiring to take Prime Minister residence by force! She was sectioned several times. her illness is clearly progressing. I reported her to police, but it appeared she is well known there and was sectioned several times. I would advice her to visit GP and revise her medication. She does not worth to get any attention.

I saw my son recently and we were both very happy.

My gratitude to all!

Thank you, my dear friends!

Eugene Lukjanenko

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My comment:

It is so good to hear from Eugene. Back on December 2nd, 2017, I published THIS POST.

I am late in posting information about Eugene’s release but what better way to be able to do it! I have been taking care of my ill mother and, as you might tell by the frequency of recent posts, I have been busy. This is an important story to me, however, and I was so glad to get this from Eugene today. Many of us, particularly my Facebook friends, have been wondering how Eugene is doing. It was very difficult to get much information about his situation in prison but many of us sent emails to let him know we were thinking and praying for him. Some thought he might not survive the dry hunger strike that he decided upon in prison. I encouraged others that I thought he would survive and, indeed and Praise God, he has. I particularly want to thank Laura Tucker for keeping all of us as up to date about Eugene’s situation by sharing anything that she could glean from others.

It is good to know that he was treated well in prison and I’m glad that the reason we haven’t heard much (I have checked his FB page occasionally) is that he is resting to get his strength back.

Thankfully, this story continues even if it is one that has perplexed me from the first time I heard about it. If any of you want to know more, click on the RECENT ACCOUNTS OF CHILDREN TAKEN at the top of this blog and scroll down to Eugene’s story. It needs updating badly but it helps one understand the situation at least.

The Yolande that Eugene is referring to has been asked to no longer comment here. I did some research and found that she was bothering many families with strange accusations. The claims she made against Eugene here were absurd.

I will continue to pray for Eugene and will update his situation here as time allows. He is a unique man who has gone to great lengths to try and retain custody of his son. The reasons the S.S. of England took his son from him are quite incredible.

Chris Reimers


The Resurrection

April 1, 2018


Israel Prepares for Passover 5778

March 22, 2018

Photo by Shoshana
Seder – in Judaism a ceremonial meal with prescribed ritual reading of the Haggadah* observed in Jewish homes on the first night or first two nights of Passover

The following is a letter I received from a Christian “friend” in Israel who has asked to remain unnamed. I thought some of you might be interested in some of the practical things that go into the preparations for Passover in Israel.

Shalom!!

Happy Holiday! “Hag Sameach” literally means ‘holiday happy’ in Hebrew.

Even though Pasach (Passover) doesn’t start until the Eve of March 30th, the main greeting here in Israel now is “Hag Sameach.” Today, as I was at the grocery store, I could see the shelves being emptied where the things with ‘leven’ used to be. They let the things sell out and will not buy anything with leven in it until after Pasach. So I could not buy my soy milk today; they are already out. Anyway, everyone is preparing, cleaning their homes (probably where ‘Spring Cleaning’ came from) and washing their cars. The price to wash your car is now 50 shekels instead of 40 shekels. $2.90 more because of the holiday. I found out when I washed my car today!

It’s an exciting time to be in Israel!

Also, Christians in the ‘Holy Land’ and from around the world will be celebrating Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. I took (a) picture on a Palm Sunday where people were celebrating by waving Palm branches and singing in their own languages as they walked the path Jesus (Yeshua) took as He rode the donkey into Jerusalem.

May our Lord bless you as you remember His love for you during this amazing season. “Hag Sameach” Hoping you have a blessed holiday!

Nisan, the first month on the Jewish calendar (according to the Torah), coincides with March-April on the civil calendar, which marks the beginning of the spring months. On the first day of Nisan, God instructed Moses, “This month shall be for you the beginning of months, the first of the month of the year” (Exodus 12:2).

This month we celebrate the 8-day holiday of Passover, from the 15th through the 22nd of Nisan. It commemorates the Jewish people’s miraculous redemption from slavery in Egypt, and the birth of the Jewish nation. We will not see a year change for the Hebrew calendar until September 10th 2018, 1 Tishrei 5779, the Rabbinical New Year.

In Israel everyone is preparing for the coming celebrations, it is during this time that the Jewish people are looking to God and remembering His blessings. He brought His people from slavery to their homeland, where He will be glorified. This is a wonderful time for us to be praying for the Jewish people to come to know His love for them and for us to seek His blessings in our own lives.

Shana Tovah (Have a Good Year)

My comment:

Some of you will be waving palm branches this Sunday as a reminder of our Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem. Christians remember the resurrection on a daily basis but it is important to know about the last week of Jesus’ journey here on Earth. Each of the gospels spend quite an amount of time on it so it must be of great value.

All Christians should be praying for the peace of Israel. In the past five days:

A Muslim resident plowed into a group of soldiers, killing two and critically injuring two others.

A 32-year-old father of four who worked as a security guard at an excavation site in the Old City, succumbed to multiple stab wounds to his torso.

The IDF destroyed two terrorist tunnels leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Netanyahu said, “The time has come for the International Community to realize that the financial aid given to Hamas is being used underground.” The people continue to suffer in the Gaza Strip due to lack of medical aid, electricity and water, which their Government is expected to supply.

An Israeli man was injured after he accidentally entered a Palestinian Authority-controlled town near Beitar Illit south of Jerusalem. The man, who was driving on a motorcycle, took the wrong exit, and found himself in the Palestinian town. He was attacked by rock-throwing terrorists and suffered a head injury. IDF forces were dispatched to the scene and transported him to the hospital.

There are, of course, larger forces at work plotting the destruction of the tiny little nation that God has an everlasting covenant with. Jews continue to return to the land in spite of the dangers they face from surrounding nations.

It is amazing to watch.

One thing is clear; Israel will never be destroyed. It is one thing you can take to the bank. Uh..I’m not so sure about how secure that is these days though.

Chris Reimers

*English Haggadah Text with Instructional Guide


Two Views of the Future

March 5, 2018


Ever heard of Jan Markell or Gregory Manarinno? Probably not. If you listen to both of these videos, you may wish you hadn’t.

I appreciate both. Whether you agree with their strong opinions or not their topics are very different but they are definitely concerned for the future of mankind.

Jan Markell is a well-known pre-trib rapture proponent with a good deal of knowledge about it and Globalism. One who doesn’t agree with her eschatological views may still be interested in much of what she says here. I think she is correct about the attempt at Globalism. I am not dogmatic about any eschatological view but if I had to admit to leaning in a direction, it would be towards the pre-trib view.

Gregory Manarinno is a young man who has made his living on his knowledge of the stock and bond markets. I agree with him that things are NOT as rosy in the financial world as many are making them out to be.

Are these two people too alarmist?

I wonder.

cr


An American Horror Story: Do criminals have more rights than parents in Tennessee?

February 15, 2018

Tori Harper and Her Children
Photo found at
http://newschannel9.com


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — It is pretty hard to believe that serial killers
have more rights than parents in Tennessee, but once you enter the Juvenile
Justice System, anything can happen.

And even if you do absolutely nothing wrong, your children can be taken
from you. It may sound like a ridiculous question but not when you consider
what happened to a Williamson County, Tennessee, mom.

It all started when Tori’s 3-year-old son told her something inappropriate
happened to him when he was with their father. The couple is divorced.

Tori followed the law and reported it to DCS.

“I was interrogated for two to three hours with no videotape, no attorney
present,” Harper said. “I was a little intimidated, but at that time I
still didn’t think I had done anything wrong when I realized they were
investigating me.”

Remember, there is no allegation against Tori Harper, yet DCS asked her to
surrender her kids on the spot and relinquish custody during the
investigation.

“There was no way I was going to give strangers custody of my children even
for a day or two especially with that going on,” Harper said. “I wanted my
children.”

The next day she said DCS secretly went to Williamson County Juvenile Judge
Sharon Guffee and asked for an ex-parte order to get custody of the kids.
The judge signed the order even though Tori wasn’t present to defend
herself.

DCS claimed Tori Harper was mentally unstable…

“I’ve never had a speeding ticket,” Harper said. “I have no mental health
history. I’m a good mom. I love my kids. I was a room mom that year for my
oldest son.”

Her lawyer, family law specialist Connie Reguli, said this is standard
practice, and it is nasty stuff.

“For people who don’t know what e x-parte means it is behind the back,”
Reguli said. “They knew Tori. They certainly had an opportunity to get it
before the court. Instead they get an ex-parte order to get her children in
custody of DCS. DCS can do whatever they want to them. They obviously
didn’t want Tori or her lawyer there.”

The only consolation was that Tori’s parents would be the foster parents
during the investigation. When they all went back to court, Judge Guffee
ordered Harper and her parents be drug tested eventhough none of them had
any drug history.

Her father couldn’t get to the drug test because he was keeping the kids
and didn’t have car seats. Harper said DCS locked herself and her mom in a
room after their drug tests and told them they would send a squad car out
with the boys’ car seats so Harper’s dad could go take the drug test.

Once police finally arrived at the home, they brought a new court order
signed by Judge Guffee giving DCS custody of the kids, who were going into
foster care that night.

“The things that these people did to our family was so against our fourth
amendment rights,” said Tori’s dad Tom Naïve. “I said boys you got to go
with the policeman and so I watched them walk to that police car and get in
the back of the police car. All I could do is go inside and blow up and
blow up. I was helpless.”

The oldest boy Ethan still remembers that night.

“I was scared,” Ethan said. “When I got in the car, I started crying. They
told me my grandpa didn’t want me. He had never told me that. It hurt my
heart.”

This family without a single allegation of abuse or neglect or even a
failed drug test lost their two boys to DCS.

“There is nobody that knows me that would say there is anything I love more
than being a mom,” Harper said. “But one thing I know is I am a good mom, a
good mom and I love my kids so much.”

So what was DCS and the court hinging this removal on? That Tori Harper was
mentally unstable. She got an independent psychological evaluaton and
passed flying colors; doctors, dentists, records, report cards, high test
scores formed a lazer-focused rebuttal to DCS and Williamson County
Juvenile court.

DCS dismissed the case and Judge Guffee returned the children to Harper.
The children were in state custody for two months.

Family law attorney Connie Reguli said this story may sound shocking, but
it is common.

“Criminals have more rights and protections than parents,” Reguli said.
“Once they have your children in the system they are in total control…and
while this may have a happy ending. There are scars and trauma, real
trauma.”

“So when i got my son back, keep in mind he always held my hair when I
would sing him to bed every night,” Harper said. “Well when he was in
foster care he was so upset that he would pull his own hair in bed, and he
ended up with a big bald spot.”

Her son Andrew now believes in monsters and holds his mom’s hair, praying
they will never come back.

DCS said the law prohibits it from commenting on specific juvenile case but
pointed out that all of its actions were approved by a judge. Tennessee
judges are also prohibited from discussing cases.

SOURCE

My comment:

This insanity is not only happening in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the UK, and other countries, the UNITED STATES is seeing similar cases. We need to be vocal and vigilant. Christians are praying on so many fronts these days. This blog has focused more than a bit on the sad CPS situation in several European countries. Maybe I have not been good enough to express the problem in my own nation. If stories like this keep happening, there will be more posts like this one. At least Tori has her kids back, something that rarely happens in Norway. It’s bad enough to have American children stolen by foreign governments, as in the Amy Jakobsen case, but here, in the U.S.? I recently talked to a good American who knows of someone who had their child stolen from them here years ago. Abuse of children is too important to ignore. I will continue to try and alert people about this problem.

Chris Reimers


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