A Canadian couple claim in a lawsuit that their two foster kids were forcibly removed from their home on behest of the Hamilton Children’s Aid Society after they declined to teach them that the Easter Bunny is real.
The lawsuit, filed by Derek and Frances Baars, alleges a Child Services Worker demanded they tell their two girls, ages three and four, that the Easter Bunny was real, going against the couple’s wishes not to lie to them.
“We explained to the agency that we are not prepared to tell the children a lie,” Frances Baars said. “If the children asked, we would not lie to them. We have a no-lying policy.”
Members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, the Baars said they observed last Easter while engaging in chocolate egg hunts and games, but claimed in the suit that this did not satisfy the Child Services Worker’s request to embed into the children’s mind a cultural view regarding magic powers of the Easter Bunny.
In other words, the couple maintain that an agent of the state attempted to indoctrinate their young foster kids into believing that a mystical rabbit is an integral part of being a Canadian citizen, thus undermining their traditional Christian beliefs surrounding the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
According to Derek Barrs, an awkward meeting occurred with the worker, who told the couple they were “required” to “affirm the existence of E.B. and S.C.,” which stood for “Easter Bunny” and “Santa Claus.” The conversation reportedly occurred in front of the two children so the Child Services Worker used abbreviations.
Derek Barrs said that after he and his wife “were not prepared to lie” about “the existence of these two mythical creatures,” the girls were removed in March of 2016. This spurred the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, a conservative non-profit organization, to now sponsor the lawsuit filed by the couple.
“The Hamilton Children’s Aid Society needs to be held accountable for its misguided emphasis on a single, minor issue,” Calgary lawyer and Justice Centre president John Carpay said. “People can be good foster parents even if they refuse to say that the Easter Bunny is real, especially with the pressing shortage of foster parents which the Hamilton Children’s Aid Society itself has spoken about publicly.”
Often removals of children by child services require a court order and a police presence. While it is unclear how Hamilton, Canada handles child removals, recent U.S. cases have exemplified what it means to live in a Orwellian Nanny State whereby children are subordinated to the will of an omnipotent ruling class in defiance of parental wishes.
In one such case, seven home-school children were ripped from their family by DHS agents and police in Garland County, Arkansas because a mineral supplement that was not approved by the federal government was found in their home.
The actions of such criminals can only be categorized as totalitarian. Properly understood totalitarianism presupposes no separation between the state and civil society. One hallmark of a totalitarian regime is a particular and significant interest in the raising of children by seeking to displace structured familial relationships with government oversight.
This is done because the family is where traditions are learned and passed on to future generations, is where reverence is maintained for something outside of the sate, and is where voluntary associations are cultivated that can be appealed to instead of government – like those formed in religious institutions. The situation in Hamilton, Canada makes clear that the local governmental apparatus seeks to supplant traditional Christian views with a secularized version of modernity.
“[The Child Services Worker] repeatedly made derogatory statements and disparaging accusations against us based on our Christian faith,” the Baars claim in the lawsuit. “She stated that she did not think we would treat same sex couples with respect, and that we might teach the children who were to be adopted that the couple was ‘living in sin,’ thereby prejudicing the foster children against the adoptive parents.”
“We had poured our lives into taking care of the girls,” the lawsuit continues. “To have them suddenly ripped away from us was deeply painful. The girls’ most persistent question was why they were being taken away from us. There was no good answer to this question.”
Executive director of the Hamilton Children’s Aid Society, Dominic Verticchio, claimed that any allegation that the agency was disrespectful of the Baars’ beliefs is false, and maintained that the CAS “works to have the customary practices of children placed in care continued while in foster care.”