Friday, March 19, 2010

Sweden government seize child from Home school family

Originally post at Desk of Brian,

This story broke at end of December and I began research to discuss the assault home schooling families. I discovered Homeschooling Illegal in Germany and that German home school refugees granted asylum in Tennessee so it should not have surprised me hear this story out of Sweden:

In Gotland, Sweden, "a Christian home schooling family could permanently lose custody of their only child simply because they home-school. Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) and the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) are joining forces as legal advisors to the family in order to persuade the Swedish government to return the seven-year-old child to his parents." (

"Parents have the right and authority to make decisions regarding their children’s education without government interference," said ADF Legal Counsel Roger Kiska, who is based in Europe. "This is about a socialist government trying to create a cookie-cutter child in its own image. Without help, the parents in these cases are really powerless since the system is so one sided."

I couldn't agree more.

Combined with the crackdowns and threats from EU countries like Germany, it appears Europe is intolerant to allowing parents primary authority to educate their children.

Dominic Johannsen was forcibly remoed from his parents in June 2009 as the family was boarding a plane to moe to India (the Mother's home nation.) The officials had NO WARRANT and did not charge the parents with any crime.

The officials stated "they believe home schooling is an inappropriate way to raise a child and insist the government should raise Dominic instead."

Remember, the family was relocation from Sweden to India when the abduction occurred and Yes, I feel it was an abduction.

In December, the Johanssons lost their case in Swedish court citing "government was within its rights to seize the child" noting the child's vaccination record was incomplete, and also claiming "home-schoolers do not perform well academically and are not well socialized."

"It is so inhuman, it is so cruel how these people are treating this family," Mike Donnelly, an HSLDA attorney involved with the case, told "They are treating this family like they are criminals, like they somehow did something to hurt this boy."

"They were taking care of him for seven years and he’d never been sick. He was always provided with what he needed and plenty of toys and opportunities to learn," said Donnelly.

Up next I'll examine this pattern of eliminating home schooling in the US following Europe's precedent. No warrant, bogus accusations, false claims -- this is all part of the fascist attack against home schooling.

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