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Thursday, January 15, 2009

I don't know which is worse...

Apparently some incredibly stupid and ignorant people in New Jersey thought it would be a great idea to name their child Adolph Hitler Campbell to go along with his sisters JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell. Okay, that's pretty sad and pretty bad. Why would you do that to your children?

The children have now been taken from their parents by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services. A spokesperson stated that, "DYFS would never remove a child simply based on that child's name," but would not give any additional information citing confidentiality laws.

A hearing is to be held today. My guess is that there will be some very technical 'violation' cited as the reason for taking the children with the real reason (their names) never mentioned. I could be wrong.

This puts me in the very awkward position of hoping the state didn't take the children because of their names (even if they are horrifically stupid) - but if it legitimately wasn't because of their names the taking implies that the children were receiving some sort of abuse. Well, I don't want that.

What a choice: a) A state department that is out of control and seizing children because they do not approve of the names or b) child abuse. As much as I have come to despise government, I gotta go with the kids on this one.


Brandon said...

Back when the story first broke about these kids, I read a comment from a child psychologist asserting that simply naming the child Adolph Hitler constituted child abuse.

Steven Rodgers

Yeah, the article I read had similar comments, which is just ridiculous. If the "medical" profession determines that a person's name may constitute abuse by the parent then it only follows that there must be some agency responsible for reviewing all baby names for appropriateness. Good grief. The government cannot - and should not - prevent people from being stupid.