There are a number of credible reasons why a court should remove children from their parents’ custody. Abuse, drugs, criminal activity are just a few of those credible reasons that should constitute the legal removal of kids from their parents’ custody.
BUT, should parents lose custody of their children because they are Christians?
If the parents lived in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Pakistan, Egypt or China, it would not be surprising to see Christian parents lose custody of their kids, but it should not happen here in America, just because the parents have strong Christian beliefs. But that is exactly what happened this week in Cincinnati Ohio, just 20 minutes north of where I live.
The parents have a 17-year-old daughter, who now claims to be a boy – yep, a transgender. The daughter has been insisting that her parents allow her to undergo hormone therapy to help with the transition. The parents refuse, saying that transgenderism is a sin and that the only therapy they would approve of is Christian therapy, not hormone therapy.
Like many liberal young people today, the daughter rebelled. She wants to live with her grandparents who say they support the sex change transition of their granddaughter and would be happy to have her live with them so she could receive the hormone therapy, but the parents refuse.
The daughter obtained the help of a liberal attorney to take legal action against her parents in order to allow her to live with her grandparents and undergo her hormone therapy. Don’t forget the initial court case, Obergefell v. Hodges, that led to the Supreme Court legalization of same-sex marriage, originated in Cincinnati.
The attorney for the parents argued that the daughter is still a minor and that parents have the legal authority and responsibility for minor children, but Judge Sylvia Hendon disagreed. Hendon then said that what the parents want is not in the best interest of the teenager and stripped the parents of their custody of their daughter, who will turn 18 in less than a year, and then be able to make her own legal decisions.
While it is true that the daughter would be of legal age in less than a year and could have then gone against her parents’ wishes, many are saying that the judge’s ruling really doesn’t make any difference anyway, but it does. In fact, the judge’s ruling is a HUGE blow not only to parental authority and rights but to Christianity in America.
“What’s especially alarming is that a lawyer representing the child — as well as Donald Clancy of the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office — cited the parents’ religious beliefs as an argument for robbing them of their rights! The mom and dad are being criticized for seeking out a Christian therapist for their daughter and for daring to send her to Catholic school. Even so, the parents were clear that their stance on the gender transition wasn’t motivated on faith alone. After all, they pointed out, they’d had lengthy consultations with medical professions and did hours of research on their own. Only then did they come to the conclusion that ‘this is not in their child’s best interest.’ (The American College of Pediatricians — not to be confused with the more ‘politically correct’ American Academy of Pediatrics — agrees.)”
“For years, LGBT activists have scoffed at warnings from FRC and others that the radical LGBT movement poses a threat to personal and religious freedom. In the past, the Left directed most of its attacks on religious expression in the public square, doing everything it could to restrict faith to the four walls of your house or church. Now, even that tolerance is tumbling down.”
Undoubtedly, this court ruling will be used as a precedent in more court cases to strip Christian parents of their authority, their rights and of their children, all because they are Christian, a faith that runs contrary to current popular beliefs of today’s society. This case brings to mind three passages of Scripture:
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” [Romans 12:1-2]
“Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” [Matthew 10:21-22]
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” [Matthew 10:34-38]