A New Jersey state appeals court has determined that a couple who gave their children Nazi-inspired names should not regain custody of them.These are terrible names, and the parents are probably morons. But we have no laws allowing kids to be taken away for those reasons. If we did, then the authorities could have acted right after birth, when they got the birth certificate.
Heath and Deborah Campbell's three small children were removed from their Holland Township home by the state in January 2009 after they asked a grocery store in Greenwich, N.J. to write “Adolf Hitler” on their son’s birthday cake.
While a local Wal-Mart honored the birthday cake request, Adolf Hitler Campbell and siblings JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell have been in foster care ever since.
So the appeals court pretended to ignore the Hitler issue, and say that the parents lose custody because of some minor domestic violence allegations many years earlier.
The appeals court also seemed to want to punish the parents for violating a gag order, and publicly defending themselves. These CPS officials and judges really hate it when parents decide to defend themselves.
The court opinion, and some legal comments, may be found here.