Global TV –  Scott Thompson of AM 900 CHML, does a telephone interview with Derek Baars.  Scott seems incapable of believing that telling the truth to children is of any value.  Much better to tell them Santa and the Easter bunny are real.  Interesting that both those fabrications have directly to do with the birth and the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the One who is our only hope for time and eternity.

The Baars are told they MUST tell children the fairy tale replacements are real.  I wonder how the Trudeau Liberals will fit this into Motion 103?  Canadians are to be muzzled of any criticism of Islam, no matter how many bodies are maimed, burned or bombed in the name of Allah, but Christians may be mocked with impunity.

Santa with his wide girth and flashy red suit must make us forget the Messiah, who left his glory to be born a helpless and humble baby in a world desperately sinful and in need of the Saviour.  And now a stuffed bunny, often with a person sweltering inside the suit MUST be presented as real and true, in our determination to erase all knowledge of the awful suffering and death Jesus endured to pay the price of our sins.

But Jesus did die for us, and he descended into Hell for you, and for me.  Jesus conquered over the Devil and the grave, and when we trust in him, we are born again, into his eternal kingdom.  And death will only be the door to Heaven for the redeemed.

Also in the Global TV link,  Sara Cain seems to proffer whole paragraphs of stuff to Dominic Verticchio that is in direct opposition to the story as told by Derek Baars.  Sara, after providing ample opportunity for distortion to Mr. Verticchio, declares the interview to be “perfect”.  I guess it was perfect if deception was your aim.

In a competition between the Baars account, a man who believes God and refuses to lie to children, or Veticchio of Children Aid, who demands that children MUST be fed lies, who will you believe?    (CHML’s Sara Cain interviews Dominic Verticchio, CAS of Hamilton)    http://globalnews.ca/news/3374701/hamilton-couple-refuse-to-tell-foster-kids-easter-bunny-is-real-cas-shuts-down-home-court-docs/

Increasingly the true God is mocked and scorned in our post-Christian Canada.  The Lord will let us dig our own spiritual graves for awhile, but what fools we become when we turn away from our Creator God.

It’s undeniable: lying is “an essential part of Canadian culture,” as the Hamilton Children’s Aid Society (allegedly) told two foster parents.

Our Parliamentarians do it all the time. Thousands of other governing authorities across the country do it on a regular basis. Lawyers do it with a straight face and earn big bucks for it. Teachers do it professionally as they present evolutionism and climate change alarmism to their students. The average teenager appears to do it without even a twinge of conscience.

Lying is fully legal and proper in Canada, as long as it’s not done under oath. Dominic and the CAS can go on lying to vulnerable little children, but they will answer to God, who says, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”  

To all of you who embrace a life of hedonistic rejection of the only Saviour of your souls, please take the warning of God to heart.    “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.  Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, AND EVERY ONE WHO LOVES AND PRACTICES FALSEHOOD.”

From the National Post, April 13, 2017.  Adrian Humphreys:

A Christian couple says two foster children were removed from their home and their eligibility as foster parents cancelled by the Hamilton Children’s Aid Society because they refused to say the Easter Bunny was real.

Derek and Frances Baars, who lived in rural Hamilton at the time but have since moved to Calgary, filed a lawsuit against the CAS on Tuesday, alleging a child support worker insisted the couple proactively tell two girls in their care, aged three and four, the Easter Bunny was genuine, despite the couple’s belief that lying is wrong.

“We have a no-lying policy,” Derek Baars said in an interview.

“We explained to the agency that we are not prepared to tell the children a lie. If the children asked, we would not lie to them, but we wouldn’t bring it up ourselves.”

The Baars are members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America.

The couple was content to hide chocolate eggs for the children to find on Easter, play games and buy them Easter dresses, but this did not satisfy the support worker, who insisted the Baars go out of their way to instil a belief in the special power of the Easter Bunny as an essential part of Canadian culture, the couple claims.

Derek recounted an awkward meeting with the worker, where she told the Baars they were “required” to “affirm the existence of E.B. and S.C.”  — with the worker using initials for the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus as the children were present.

“We said that we would neither confirm nor deny the existence of these two mythical creatures but were not prepared to lie,” he said.

Soon after, the two girls in their care were removed.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, a conservative non-profit organization that defends constitutional freedoms through litigation, is sponsoring their lawsuit. The CAS has not yet had an opportunity to review the court documents.

“There are two sides to every story,” said Dominic Verticchio, executive director of the Hamilton CAS.

There are two sides to every story

He disputed any allegation the CAS was disrespectful of the Baars’ beliefs and said the CAS works to have the customary practices of children placed in care continued while in foster care.

Frances Baars, 31, and Derek Baars, 36, were married in 2010 and have been unable to conceive a child of their own. The couple applied to be foster parents in 2015. They completed a five-day training program, during which they discussed their beliefs with the CAS, they claim.

“We had talked with the trainers about the fact that we do not celebrate Halloween, for example,” Frances said in a sworn affidavit.

The couple passed a home study after numerous interviews and home visits and were approved as foster parents. Their position on the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and Halloween are noted in the CAS home study filed in court, as is the fact that Derek is blind.

The Baars entered into a formal foster parents agreement with the CAS on Dec. 17, 2015. The next day, because of the need for foster homes, two sisters were brought to their home.

“It was our delight to have the girls with us. We loved them from the moment they came to us,” Frances said.

When Christmas came, the couple gave them gifts and had a dinner with extended family members, Derek said.

“Neither of the girls made any reference to Santa Claus that day,” Derek said.

After Christmas, the Baars were introduced to their new placement support worker. The worker asked about how they planned to celebrate Easter and said that belief in the Easter Bunny was an important part of Canadian culture. She was insistent about the bunny, the couple say.

“My husband and I were confused,” Frances said.

I asked her if she actually believed in the Easter Bunny

“I asked her if she actually believed in the Easter Bunny or realized it was fictitious. After evading this question initially, she finally admitted the Easter Bunny was not real, but she did not consider it lying to tell children it was real; she believed it to be an essential part of every Canadian child’s experience.”

In each conversation afterward she brought up the Easter Bunny, Frances said.

Later, the worker said the girl’s mother was disappointed she wasn’t given a photograph of the girls with Santa over Christmas, even though none was requested, Frances said.

In late February 2015, as Easter approached, the worker told them the girls would be taken away from their home if they did not tell them the Easter Bunny was real, they claim.

The Baars suggested the girls stay with another family over Easter if necessary, but this was refused as a solution, they say.

“We could not believe what we were hearing,” Frances said.

They say the worker then introduced a new complaint, that the worker was afraid that if a same-sex couple were potential adoptive parents, the Baars might not treat them well.

The worker made “derogatory statements and disparaging accusations against us based on our Christian faith,” Frances said in her affidavit.

On March 3, 2016, the Baars were told their foster home was being shut down and the next morning the girls were removed.

“To have them suddenly ripped away from us was deeply painful,” Frances said.

They were told they were no longer deemed eligible as foster parents, they claim.

The couple’s lawsuit seeks declarations from the CAS that it discriminated against the Baars and acted unreasonably, violating their freedom of conscience, religion and expression.

The suit claims the CAS created, “in bad faith and for an improper purpose, a requirement for foster parents to actively or proactively inform the children in their care that the fictional character of the Easter Bunny is real.”

Their suit also demands the CAS to note these circumstances in their file to not adversely affect the couple’s ability to foster other children or to adopt children.

Verticchio said the CAS tried to work things out with the Baars.

“At the end of the day, we couldn’t reach an agreement,” he said.

Asked if the Easter Bunny was real, Verticchio said, “It depends who you ask.”

National Post

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