Ben-Oni Ardelean officially dropped the bomb in the Bodnariu case!
In a very surprising but welcome move, the Senator said in a press conference after meeting with Norwegian authorities, that there is sufficient ground to consider violations of religious freedom in the case. Delight in Truth welcomes the introduction of this element in the official discussion because it may form the basis of a new argument to release the children.
Ardelean alluded to details of the story released to the press by the children’s uncle and these include:
- A theological discussion between the oldest child and the school teacher after the child sang a Christian song. The teacher asked a series of leading questions about God and faith to which the girl gave direct answers. This led to alledged discussion of punishment by God.
- The teacher reported to CPS (Barnevernet) the concern of religious indoctrination based on the discussion with the child.
- There is a history of previous friction over religious matters between school staff and the children’s father Marius Bodnariu. Marius was previously involved in forming a children’s choir at the school and played the song “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” He was immediately sanctioned for the message of the song, and he complied with the school director.
- The religious undertones which formed the basis of the confiscation have been carefully suppressed in court documents, and a push for physical discipline has been undertaken as the main motive for removing the kids.
Why is this a welcome intervention by Ardelean?
Because it creates a much stronger case to release the children immediately. He makes the point that the initial CPS accusation of “abusive Christian indoctrination” is a novel term which has never been used in any law, in any court system, or in any Western country to date.
Norway is making history initiating a CPS case based on “abusive Christian indoctrination.” Such action has never been done in a Western country before. One would expect to find such a case in the Islamic State, Iran or Saudi Arabia, not in the world’s most civilized nation.
The next diplomatic move is to present the case in the European Parliament where Norway is likely to be indicted for human rights violations.
There are currently at least 11 Romanian families with children confiscated by Barnevernet. We continue to anticipate the swift resolution of the Bodnariu case which will set a precedent for the others.