Court vindicates Christians who lost foster girls for refusing to say Easter Bunny is real
HAMILTON, Ontario, March 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – An Ontario has vindicated a Christian couple who had their foster children removed because they refused to teach them that the Easter bunny is real.
The decision, released Tuesday , declares that the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton violated Derek and Frances Baars’ freedoms of conscience, religion and expression by ordering them to tell the two young girls in their care that the Easter bunny is real, and by closing the Baars’ foster home when they refused to lie.
The Court said “the Baars were constantly promoting the children’s wellbeing” and “were clearly operating with the children’s best interests in mind.” The Court also found that the Baars “complied with all of the [biological] mother’s requests.”
In its decision the Court reiterated the question of “is it more important to have the Easter Bunny or permanency?” before finding “[t]he [CAS] very clearly chose the Easter Bunny.”
The Court was “more than satisfied that the CAS’ actions interfered substantially with the Baars’ religious beliefs,” including their belief that it is wrong to lie. Further, in finding that CAS violated the Baars’ freedom of expression, the Court noted that the social worker’s “arbitrary conduct effectively sought to compel the Baars to express an opinion with regard to the Easter Bunny that was not their own.”
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Derek and Frances Baars, who now reside in Alberta, still desire to serve as foster or adoptive parents, but the decision of CAS to abruptly remove their foster children and close their foster home tarnished their record. The Court ordered that when responding to inquiries from foster or adoption agencies concerning the Baars, CAS “shall fully apprise that agency about this ruling.”
The court application was launched in April 2017, after CAS had closed down the Baars foster home because the couple refused to tell the girls in their care that the Easter Bunny is a real entity.
“The Court’s decision vindicates the Baars and allows them to finally pursue adoption without fear of being blacklisted by the actions of the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton,” stated lawyer John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which represented Derek and Frances Baars in their court application against CAS.
“It’s unfortunate that a court ruling was necessary to make clear that people can be good foster parents even if they refuse to say that the Easter Bunny is real,” continued Carpay.
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