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Monday, September 29, 2014

Who Decides Best Interest of the Child?

Who decides what is in the best interest of a child? That expression has been part of our legal system for centuries, and when the great British lawyer, William Blackstone, codified English law in the 18th century, the expression clearly meant that the biological parents of a child were expected and authorized to make decisions in the best interest of their own children.. Nobody ever made any convincing or scientific argument against that policy.

Who decides what is in the best interest of a child? That expression has been part of our legal system for centuries, and when the great British lawyer, William Blackstone, codified English law in the 18th century, the expression clearly meant that the biological parents of a child were expected and authorized to make decisions in the best interest of their own children.. Nobody ever made any convincing or scientific argument against that policy.

But in the 1970s, without any legislative approval, it became popular to say that the "village" should raise the child. The liberal establishment defined "village" to include all sorts of government busybodies such as public school officials, hired consultants, psychologists, and especially judges in family courts. Family court judges are the lowest in the pecking order of the Judiciary, but they have become the most powerful because their decisions are seldom appealed or overruled or published. This system of having judges make decisions about the care and raising of children has become so universal that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Family Court judges now control the private living arrangements of 46 million Americans and $40 billion of their own money which the judges have the power to transfer between households. Most of these parents have never committed any action that violates our laws.

To show you how intrusive these family court judges are, look at the Chicago case where the parents disagreed about which church their child should be raised in, and a judge took it upon himself to decide which religion the kid should adopt. How did we get to a situation whereby some judge can decide a child’s religion? Fortunately, that judge was overruled on appeal.

I urge you to read my new book called Who Killed the American Family?to help restore the Family and the authority of parents to their honored place in American society.

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