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Christian Family Whose 5 Children Seized by Gov’t Launches ‘Christmas Card’ Campaign to Get Kids Back

A Christian family in Norway, whose five children were seized by the government to “prevent” them from being “indoctrinated” with Christianity last month, has launched a Christmas card campaign to get their kids back for Christmas.

“We will be mailing handwritten Christmas cards to all pertinent Norwegian entities and asking for them to help reunite” Marius and Ruth Bodnariu with their children, who were taken away by social services on charges of “christian indoctrination,” the campaign says.

The campaign urges supporters to write hand-written messages on the cards, including this one: “Five children (ages 3 months to 9 years old) are currently in three separate homes away from their parents while Christmas is fast approaching! We ask that you please look into the Bodnariu case and into the abuses made against them by the Barnevernet [Child Protection Service].”

Cards will be sent to numerous Norwegian officials, including those at the Royal Court, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Child Protection Service and the Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion.

The children were seized on Nov. 16, based on a teacher’s concerns about how they are being raised by “radical” Christians who were “indoctrinating” their children. The family’s appeal of the agency’s decision to remove the children from the home was rejected on Nov. 27.

An online petition, which has gained more than 37,500 signatures calling on the government to free the children, states that the Christian family “are just a normal Christian family trying to raise their children in the knowledge of God! There is no documented or otherwise abuse of any kind in this family!”

A comment on the petition’s webpage reads, “The religion of state now is being imposed and the religion of Christ, banned. No reasonable person can agree with that.” Full Story

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