Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Federal courts uphold parental rights

The was another major federal court decision today on parental rights. Frazier v Winn was an appeal to a Florida law regarding saying the Pledge of Allegiance in school. The court said that the parents have the final say, and cited "the fundamental constitutional right of parents to control the upbringing of their minor children".

There is a long line of such cases. For links to some of them, see Professor Eugene Volokh's blog.

I mention this because every time the family court takes a kid away from a parent without the required due process, it is violating federal constitutional law. Even in the FLDS YFZ Ranch case in Texas, where a lot of people disapprove of the polygamist culture, the kids had to be returned to the parents when the ACLU and others pointed out that it was illegal to seize the kids.

Yes, I believe that my kids were taken in violation of my fundamental constitutional rights. I may have to file a lawsuit in federal court to enforce those rights.

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