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CAS robs Aylmer parents of their seven children

Who owns the youths controls the future.

— Napoleon and many others,
amongst them Socrates, Hitler and Lenin

Give me your 4-year-olds, and within a generation I'll construct a Socialist State.

— Lenin

The Calgary Herald - August 7, 2001

Abuse of law in Aylmer holds grim portents for family

Ezra Levant

It was probably the largest police raid that the town of Aylmer, Ont., has ever seen. Last month, a dozen officers from two police forces were called in for battle - armed and wearing SWAT-style bulletproof vests.

This was not an attack on a biker gang's clubhouse, however. This was a home invasion, called in by social workers, to "rescue" seven children from their parents. A rumour had found its way to the local Children's Aid Society that the family - religious Christians - believed in spanking as a last resort for disciplining their children, occasionally using a paddle.

A social worker was dispatched to the family's home to investigate; though she found no signs of abuse, the parents refused to promise her that they would not spank their children in the future. That was when the social worker called police for back-up.

In fairness, she probably needed the burly men to do her job - the children, aged six to 14, were terrified of suddenly being taken away from their parents. They cried and pleaded, and physically tried to resist. One at a time, they were wrenched away from their family, and taken to the waiting cars. The whole process took five ghastly hours.

Ernie Timmons is a neighbour of the family, who watched things until he could stomach it no longer. "I had to go in the house; I couldn't take it anymore," he told reporters. "I've seen those kids since the day they moved in and there was no abuse whatsoever. They Rollerbladed and bicycled all day long - they were very, very happy children."

For nearly a month the children were kept in government custody. Last week, they were returned home on a temporary basis, but only until a hearing next month. In the interim, the same social worker who ordered the raid retains the right to make unannounced inspections of the family at any time. And the children's parents have been ordered to take re-education classes, where they will be told how to raise their children.

It is stunning that such a raid could happen in Canada - so much so that dozens of members of the family's church have fled to the United States as refugees. But more stunning is that this anti-spanking crusade - backed up by the local SWAT team - is without a legal basis.

The most important law governing spanking in Canada is the Criminal Code. Section 43 states: "Every school teacher, parent or person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a pupil or child, as the case may be, who is under his care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable in the circumstances." In other words, child abuse is illegal, but reasonable spanking is fine.

That law was challenged last year by the Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law - a pressure group that received a $69,000 grant from the federal government. But the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies joined the suit, too.

The social workers argued the spanking provision "contributes to an environment where violence towards children is accepted" and that it is a "justification for assault."

That is a radical view, and one that would be expected from the unabashedly anti-family Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law - they are best known for successfully suing to lower the age of sexual consent for gay sex to 14. But the Children's Aid Societies are social workers who are paid to enforce the law as it is, not as they want it to be. The fact that Ontario's social workers tried to criminalize spanking indicates that they have a political agenda of their own.

But the Criminal Code is not the only law that appears to have been ignored in Aylmer. According to Ontario's Child and Family Services Act - the law that governs home invasions - social workers must "support the autonomy and integrity of the family unit." They must use the "least disruptive course of action" and respect "stable family relationships." And Section 4 of the law requires social workers to act "in a manner that respects cultural, religious and regional differences" - presumably including conservative Christians.

Moreover, home invasions are allowed under strictly delimited criteria - such as sexual exploitation, or neglect. None of those criteria seem to have been met in this case.

The Criminal Code permits spanking. The Child and Family Services Act requires abuse before a home invasion is permitted. Yet seven children went through a shattering ordeal, all because of a rumour that they were spanked.

Surely the psychological scars left by this fiasco are worse than anything that the parents might have done.

Attempts to ban spanking have failed in Parliament, and they failed in court as recently as last year. The fact that overtly political social workers are acting as if they succeeded is an alarm bell for anyone who believes in the autonomy of families - or even just the rule of law.

Ezra Levant is a Calgary lawyer

First they came for the fathers, then for the mothers, and now for both parents in intact families. In the end all children will be in the care, custody and control of the State.

— Walter H. Schneider

The goal of state-control, even state-ownership of children has been the mark of all totalitarian system throughout history.  It began on a large scale in the USSR — from the very start of the Russian Revolution.  It continued to be pursued in Nazi Germany, in all of the communist countries, and especially in the People's Republic of China.

Now that feminism spread from its communist roots (see Matriarchy in USSR off-site) to the whole world, the forcible removal of children from their parents' homes is escalating and spreading throughout the world as well, foremost in those countries where feminist totalitarianism made the greatest advances.

The pursuit of the planned destruction of the family is part of the systematic re-engineering not only of civilization but of humanity itself.   Think of it as evolution in action. 

It is unavoidable: in any society in which the basest ideology, the one that is the cheapest because it requires no sacrifices of its adherents, is permitted to thrive unopposed and in which all moral standards are normalized down to the level of that ideology, that ideology — no matter how deplorable or despicable it may be in absolute terms — will rise to dominate all others.

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The planned destruction of the family was part of the communist agenda from its inception by Karl Marx and Frederic Engels.   It became government policy in the USSR in about 1917. It was so successful in the USSR that it threatened to destroy society in the USSR.  Curiously, while in the 1940s the USSR took steps to repair the damages its family-hostile policies had caused, American communists imported the Soviet agenda for the planned destruction of the family into the USA.  It has been and continues to be promoted by left-leaning liberals in the West ever since.

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Posted 2001 08 08
2003 08 01 (added reference to From Marxism to Feminism: The planned destruction of the American family)
2006 03 04 (added link to Feminism for Male College Students)