Jackson Presbyterian Examiner recently published an article discussing the travesties committed by Child Protective Services, a state-sanctioned, tax payer funded child trafficking organization. Social workers, under the guise of investigating abuse claims, routinely take children from innocent parents in order to place them in foster care.
As was pointed out, social workers, like police officers with their speeding tickets, have quotas they are expected to fill and if they do not place the “quota” of children in foster care per year, they lose grant money as a result. Sickening, but true.
It’s easy to see how concerns about leaving your child in a daycare bleed over into other contexts. These concerns equally apply to schools—public, private, or Christian—as well as baby sitters, summer camps, and doctor’s offices. Schools and hospitals, by law, are “mandatory reporters” of suspected abuse. No one believes real child abuse ought to be ignored, but the “If you see something, say something” mandatory reporting laws do not help children. Rather, they cause things that are not abuse to be routinely reported to a bureaucratic agency with a confirmatory bias, desperate to find abuse even when it doesn’t exist. Why? So they can place children in foster care and keep grant money.
Reporting laws might be sensible if alleged crimes against children were being exclusively reported to an entity trained and equipped to detect real crimes—the police. As it is, reports are made to social work bureaucrats who have no legal training whatsoever.
What reason besides money can account for our society’s increasingly hostile and suspicious attitude towards parents? It is an outgrowth of the political climate in which we live—a climate that, to put it bluntly, is increasingly communistic/totalitarian. The mindset behind CPS is a communistic one—one that says your children don’t belong ultimately to God and, humanly speaking, to parents; they belong to the state. It is reported that in communist Cuba, for instance, 75% of children are raised by the state.
Hillary Clinton has undermined parents’ rights in saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”. The quota system means the State believes that, as a matter of principle, a certain percentage of children ought to be raised by the State, not by their parents. The most deplorable thing to a totalitarian state is free citizens exercising free choices. In a totalitarian mindset, the state is god and micromanages every facet of life.
It’s not coincidental that one of Karl Marx’s first principles in the Communist Manifesto, along with the abolition of private property, is the abolition of the family. If families are strong and intact, citizens may love their mother, father, son, daughter, brother, or sister more than the State. Family love is an obstacle to the totalitarian state’s goal of getting absolute and undivided allegiance from citizens. The totalitarian state wants to be looked to as the ultimate provider, and therefore strong, responsible families providing for themselves and for their children are a rival to the State’s goals. That’s why, tax-wise, people are “penalized” for getting married and divorce and singleness is incentivized. The program is working—today, only 45% of American children are raised by intact families with a mother and father.
In communist Russia, children were told in school to report their parents if they were taught at home anything that contradicted what they were taught in school by the State. Dr. Erwin Lutzer, pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, believes we’re one step away from that in America. How long will it be before Christian parents who, for example, instruct their children in Biblical sexual ethics, will be looked as societal freaks, unfit to raise their children?
Consider the following quote by R.C. Sproul which, though written 30 years ago, is still remarkably timely. Speaking of how relativism—nothing is absolutely true for all people in all places—leads to societal chaos, Sproul said in his 1986 book, Life Views:
“Relativism is ultimately intolerable. What will come to this vacuum is some form of statism because something has to bring unity. The good of ‘the state’ will become the ultimate point of unity. The rapid growth of the centralized state is happening before our eyes in the United States. Consider the areas in which the State functions today where it did not function 30 years ago. Consider the areas where the people of America formerly looked to God for their security, their meaning, and their decision-making, and now, instead, they look to the State. This eventually becomes statism where the state becomes the goal of life. The State becomes the reason for us to live. The State unifies, transcends, becomes absolute and is eternal. Relativism provides a moral vacuum that screams to be filled. As nature abhors a vacuum, totalitarian governments love them. They rush in to fill a vacuum.”
What Sproul is describing is not dystopian fiction like George Orwell’s 1984. This is real life. How does this happen? We, as a culture, have let it happen. Consider the following quote from Steve Brown, taken from his 1986 book, No More Mr. Nice Guy:
“The fact is, when you right down to it, most people are not as interested in freedom as they are in security. Give then clear option between freedom (with its attendant responsibility and problems) and dictatorship (with its attendant structure and limits) most people will pick dictatorship every time. Why? Because we want to be secure and safe, not free and responsible.”
In closing, we must take responsibility for ourselves, and stop expecting the government to “protect” us. As Rev. Lane Townsend (Toomsuba Presbyterian Church) likes to ask, when government becomes corrupt, “Who protects us from the protectors?” Don’t be shy about standing up for yourself. You, as a parent, do have rights. Your children, as human beings, do have rights. Do not forfeit those rights to a government, hell bent on “protecting” you.
Jackson Presbyterian Examiner says a hearty “Amen” to the Constitution Party, which in its official platform on “Family” has the boldness (unlike any of the major parties) to say the following:
“We recognize that parents have the fundamental right and responsibility to nurture, educate, and discipline their children. We oppose the assumption of any of these responsibilities by any governmental agency without the express delegation of the parents or legal due process.”
Don’t hesitate to defend your fundamental rights and those of your children. You certainly cannot expect the government or mainstream political parties to defend those rights for you.