Top European Court to Hear Case of Christian Romanian Family Whose Five Children Were Seized by Norway’s Child-welfare Agency Over ‘Christian Indoctrination’

The European Court of Human Rights has agreed to hear the case of a Pentecostal family after Norway seized their children.

Barnevernet—Norway’s child-welfare agency—took the children in 2015 under claims that the parents were using spanking as a form of discipline, which is illegal in that nation. The agency took action after a school principal expressed concern that parents Ruth and Marius Bodnariu were indoctrinating their children with their Christian beliefs.

One of the children was only 3 months old when the agency intervened. More than six months later, the children were finally returned to their parents.

The family then fled Norway after 10 years of calling that country their home.

In December 2016, the Bodnariu family appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, saying Barnevernet was violating Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights, which protects the right to private and family life.

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SOURCE: Charisma News, Jenny Rose Spaudo