Norway took five children of a couple for raising them with radical beliefs.They were teaching their children Christian beliefs. They’re Pentecostals. Their visitation rights were extremely limited and in some cases, withdrawn – for teaching Christianity in a way the government didn’t approve of.
A huge international outcry brought about a petition signed by 64,000 people from around the world to return the children.
In April, Norwegian Child Protective Service officials returned the youngest of the five children to parents Marius and Ruth Bodnariu, the Christian Post reported.
Last month, more than 100 attorneys from around the world and members of the European Parliament wrote a letter to the Norwegian prime minister, explaining why the government’s decision to seize the children violated domestic and international law.
“We find the facts of this international incident unacceptable not only on legal grounds but also on humanitarian and moral grounds. We view these transgressions as grievous breaches of domestic and international law. … Therefore, it is important that Norway immediately release the children back to their biological parents,” the petition read. The document was published on a website created by a group called Romanian-Americans for Reunification of Bodnariu Family.
A report on the Bodnarius’ case was approved in the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE).
“The report will consider to which extent the abusive measures taken by the Childcare Social Services (Barnevernet) from Norway are compatible with the Council of Europe’s standards in this specific field,” part of the post read.
The decision to return the kids to their family is part of an agreement reached between the Naustdal Municipality of Norway and the family.
After receiving the good news, the Bodnarius wrote a letter expressing their gratitude to the many people who rallied in their defense.
“We thank you all for your love, support, prayers, and active participation in the reunification of this family. May God richly bless you and repay you for all you have done to bring this family back together,” the Romanian Pentecostal parents wrote in the statement, which was published by the Romania Insider.
“It is very important for all of us to respect the privacy and uninterrupted intimacy of this family in the following period as the children resettle and reintegrate themselves in their natural family home and environment.”
The background information can be read on the link. They were also guilty of spanking their children when they disobeyed.