Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Disproportionate state interference

"A sociology lecturer is warning that a plan for the government in Scotland to assign an adult overseer for every child born in the country could lead to the targeting of perfectly good and careful parents. According to a report from the Christian Institute, a legal organization that fights on behalf of parental rights, lecturer Stuart Waiton is warning of the negative consequences of a plan up for a vote later this month."

"It will take very little to trigger an investigation into a child and from there a false picture can easily be arrived at," he said. Innocent issues such as what a child eats, or the views they express, could make "good parents fair game" for the "health and safety zealots, obsessed with risk management," he said."

"Aidan O’Neill told in the organization’s report that the scheme, in fact, might violate the European Convention on Human Rights, which says the state should respect "private and family life."

"He said the bill appears to establish that the "primary relationship" for children will be with the government, not their parents."

"WND reported that Will Estrada, director of federal relations for the HSLDA, believes the idea is an outgrowth of the general belief held by organizations such as the United Nations that government knows best for everyone."

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