Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Public owed explanation on removal of kids from Nazi home

Family services in New Jersey have removed three children with Nazi-inspired names from their home. The family came to the attention of the media when they sued a grocery store who refused to supply them with a birthday cake for one of the children, Adolf Hitler Campbell. The Express-Times of Easton, PA, reports that the spokesman for the agency, Kate Bernyk, refused to comment saying they do not comment on specific cases.

While I'm sympathetic to the desire to keep the stories of children out of the public eye, we have long since passed that point. The public has the right to know whether the children were removed simply because the agency did not approve of what the children were being taught by their parents, or if there is actual suspected abuse.

It may make us recoil in horror at the thought but even Nazis have the right to raise their children according to their beliefs. And if that was not the cause of the removal of the children from their home, then full disclosure will prevent the case from being a racist cause célèbre.