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The State as Parent
State Intrusion into the Sanctity and Privacy of the Family

"We must remove the children from the crude influence of their families.
We must take them over and, to speak frankly, nationalize them"

"The first thing that a totalitarian regime tries to do is to get at the children, to distance them from the subversive,
varied influences of their families, and indoctrinate them in their rulers' view of the world"

"Above all things, the child needs protecting from the state"

Withdraw Thy Foot...

by Elizabeth McDonald
October 2014
(Some revisions and additions Dec 2017, Feb/May 2018)

"Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house: lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee" (Proverbs 25:17)
"There is no situation so dire that it cannot be made worse by the intervention of a social worker"

Social Services: Articles   |   Social Services: Quotes and Comments  |   The State as Parent: Index of Articles

The State as Parent: Index of Quotations   |   Political Correctness    |    Education   |   Common Purpose


Does it Take a Village?

God gave children to parents, not to the State, to love, nurture, teach, discipline, and train up into adulthood.  It does not take a 'village' or the 'Collective' or State-run 'Care homes' to raise a child; it takes a loving and biological/adoptive/foster family.  Please see the article Communism and the Family for the ideology underlying the 'Collective'.


Some of the Specific Issues

The ideology of the State being the parent of all children results in:

  • the arrogant over-riding by State Social 'Services' of the inherent and prior right and responsibility of family members (grandparents, aunts and uncles, older siblings, cousins) to take into their home the child or children of another family member who is genuinely incapable of raising them, before either non blood-related heterosexual couples are considered as foster or adoptive parents or the children are placed in State 'care'; and
  • the politically-correct insistence that children be given to homosexuals (and now Muslims) despite there being very many heterosexual or Christian/secular couples willing and able to foster or adopt them,
  • the pernicious Named Persons Scheme conjured up by the Scottish National Party.


The Reasons Given

Of the various spurious 'reasons' given by the UK's Child 'Protection' system for depriving children of their parents and parents of their children, the following three are fast becoming the most common:

  • "'emotional abuse': This has been by far the biggest contributor to the explosion in the numbers of children taken into care since the 'Baby P' scandal in 2008, rising by 92%. And most have not been for actual emotional abuse but simply for the possible 'risk' of such abuse happening in the future;
  • a second charge against parents which comes up too often is their failure to 'co-operate with professionals' [1], such as the social workers who are tearing their family apart;
  • a third reason used to justify 90% of child removals is the role of those 'independent' psychologists hired by social workers to report that the parents suffer from such vague conditions as 'borderline personality disorder', or 'narcissism', leading them to 'put their own interests above those of the children'" [source].
[1] "Does the word 'professional' now mean someone who's paid to have an opinion?"  /  "'Professional' is used to ensure that social workers are regarded as undeniably 'infallible' ... All of their decisions are based on opinion and ... are influenced by prevailing theories. The discipline itself is theory based and subject to ... current whims" [comments at source].

"It is worth noting that the record of the 'science' in areas such as child-rearing, education and relationships is a dubious one. It has consisted largely of ever-recurring fads that rarely achieve any positive durable results" [source].

"It is understood that social work in the 21st century is dynamic and evolving, and therefore no definition should be regarded as exhaustive" [The Code of Ethics for Social Work: Statement of Principles, British Association of Social Workers, (1975/2002/2012/2014)].


Social Workers

Nave young social workers indoctrinated at college into (amongst other questionable "dynamic and evolving" theories) Cultural Marxist claptrap, and

  • who lack (a) an historical knowledge or understanding of, or love for, the family they blithely tear apart and (b) the wisdom that comes from the experience of age and the fear (reverence) of the Lord (see, for example, Proverbs 2:1-11),
  • who have never even had any children of their own let-alone raised them to responsible and well-adjusted adulthood,
  • who genuinely believe 'Social Care' is "in the best interests" of any child,
  • who virtue-signal their politically correct credentials by fast-tracking homosexuals through the intensely invasive and time-consuming assessment process that heterosexual couples are forced to go through, and then see, hear, and speak no evil when that trophy child is subsequently beaten and murdered,
  • who would rather a child be raped and pimped by rape-gangs than themselves be called a 'racist', and who, when questioned about this, respond only with a deflective "But what about the parents?!"
  • who have been trained to reply to any questioning of State/Social Services 'care' of children with the mindless and sanctimonious whine, "I am worried that ... [you have] a negative view of social workers and social care..."

...are certainly not in any position to counsel, instruct, lecture, or make judgements about, any parent or any family.


State 'Education': Indoctrination into Cultural Marxism

"The nation would benefit ... from having far fewer humanities students and in the cases of politics, sociology and social work, no students at all ... The arts and humanities faculties in our universities are a breeding ground for cultural Marxism. ... these people are a scourge, because their heads are full of theory rather than life experience. ... Would a social work profession that recruited solely mature adults with life experience rather than youngsters with degrees in social work be held in such low regard by the public?  No, of course not! ... Progressives love humanities degrees because it gives them years to indoctrinate impressionable young people without experience of reality challenging the academics' cultural Marxist dogma" [source].

"Replace [humanities] with history on authoritarian movements, so the students understand what happens when cultural marxism takes root"  /  "With some life experience it is far easier to spot idealistic theories put forward by university lecturers who themselves may have limited experience of the real world"  /  "Learning opponents' ideologies is the best way to refute them. But clearly this is better when the individual is more rounded in their outlook and this comes with wisdom and experience" [comments at source].

Please see here, here, here, and here, for more on State 'education'.


State Control

The terrible reason underlying all such pernicious interference by the Social 'Services' and their legal cohorts in the secret 'Family' Courts (with the collusion of our police force, state school teachers, and medical doctors) into the sanctity and privacy of parents and their families is the deliberate agenda by Western Governments to replace God-ordained parental authority with God-less totalitarian State authority over children, as seen here.

"[W]e've always had a private notion of children, your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven't had a very collective notion of these are our children. So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities" [Melissa Harris-Perry, quoted at source].

"First it was Hillary Clinton's It Takes a Village to raise children by community effort and cost. Now it's ber-leftist Melissa Harris-Perry who says it takes a 'community' to care for children. By 'community' she means the State ... Harris-Perry believes that she and her cadre of social do-gooders are better equipped to raise other people's children ... they want all children plugged into the collective so their energies can be used to grow the State and to be dependent on the State ... the State must involve itself in the life of children so they are taught so-called Progressive ideals with money confiscated from working families and implemented by the State" [source].

In August 2005 Lianne Smith was employed by Cumbria County Council and working closely with a wing of the Dept for Children, Schools and Development Agency...  "she was highly suspicious of Children's Services talk of a 'common purpose' regarding children. Supposedly 'safeguarding all children from harm', Lianne saw that the 'common purpose' was really a dangerous and controlling State move whereby anyone working with children would become 'quasi social workers'.  This would effectively place every child under Children's Services control, rather than their parents', even if there were no circumstances around a child or family to merit Social Services intervention" [source].

"Children belong to us - and the 'us' in this case is the State. This is Big Society with a vengeance. The children are not part of a family; they're not of the parents; they're simply there for the State.  And of course, the Scottish government has taken this a step forward, because we can now see, with the Named Persons scheme, that, really,  parents are only seen as 'caretakers' of their children while they're growing up; they're really owned by the State, and if the State deems that the parents have made any mistakes or got anything wrong or are teaching their children the 'wrong' things - that the State says are the wrong things - then those children can be simply taken away from the parents" [source].


The Sanctity and Privacy of the Family

The family was designed and created a very long time before the State, or the Collective, or Communitarianism, or Communism, was thought of.  Strong and stable families are the foundation of a strong and stable society, and the destruction of families inevitably leads to the destruction of society and thence the nation - as Marx knew very well:

"Marx and Engels considered that the nuclear family was one of the main obstacles to Marxism and they therefore, in their revolutionary zeal, counted it as one of the principle enemies to be destroyed or undermined. Since the 1930s the Frankfurt School's Cultural Marxism, and its 'march through the institutions', has been seeking to achieve this end by the Fabian tactic, not of outright revolution, but of wearing us down, bit by bit, in the hope that we will give up and that the family will then fall. This is the real drive, apart from materialism, behind getting women to abandon the home and to deposing the man from his responsible role as head and breadwinner. ... The attempt in Scotland to appoint 'named persons' for every child is one of the latest attempts to achieve this goal by appointing what is really a State Intruder into the family. They want to corrupt our children at school with 'sex education' and 'citizenship' lessons - really promiscuity and class war - and then provide the conditioned child with an anti-family 'champion' in the home. ... All these moves are part and parcel of a horrendous Marxian package. What did the Jesuits say about giving them the child and they would give us the man?...  We need to be ever vigilant about all of these related threats. Above all things the child needs protecting from the State" [Letter to British Church Newspaper, 20 September 2013, p.9].


'Then They Came For Me...'

Social Services 'professionals' and 'experts' truly think their own families, their own children, their own parenting methods, are safe from state interference and state control.  Today, it is true, they are.  Today, the subjective winds of Cultural Marxism's politically correct dogmas are behind Social Services personnel.  Today, they ask the 'served' the question 'Do you think Social Services should be involved?' and the 'served' give them the required answer, because they fear what will happen to their children if they don't.  Today, it's only the 'lumpenproletariat' and the 'dissidents' who find themselves monitored and their children removed.

But the winds always change direction eventually...  Stalin eventually came for the Politburo, and tomorrow, or next month, or next year the 'professionals' and the 'experts' will themselves be asked that terrible ideological question they once asked of the 'served', and what then will their answer be?...  Tomorrow, or next month, or next year the 'professionals' and the 'experts' will themselves be on the wrong side of the State they now unquestioningly serve...

"If we look at the type of people that are targeted by the Social Services for this type of treatment ... there is a sad truth coming out here ... having eaten up the lower classes, whom, traditionally, the British upper-middle classes have not cared two hoots about, they're now finding that the beast is coming to eat them..." [source].

Will there be anyone to fight for them and their children?...


Social Engineering

Please pray for these children and their parents who are the victims of the UK's (also the USA's and some European countries') evil social engineering programmes carried out by social workers, family court personnel, police, state school teachers, and medical doctors.  Please also pray for the eyes of all these 'professional' useful idiots in the Social Services to be opened that they may understand that their attempts to steal a child from its parents is an abomination in God's sight, and that, far from protecting children, they are doing all these little ones great and lasting harm.

For a more comprehensive discussion of these issues, please see The Camel's Nose [soon to be uploaded]


"And he that stealeth [a child], and selleth him..."
(Exodus 21:16)

"The words of a talebearer are as wounds,
and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly"
(Proverbs 18:8)

"Every fool will be meddling ...
Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house:
lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee"
(Proverbs 20:3b; 25:17)

"Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him"
(Proverbs 26:12)

"Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees,
and that write grievousness which they have prescribed"
(Isaiah 10:1-3)

"Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds!
when the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. ...
So they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage"
(Micah 2:1-2)

"It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea,
than that he should offend one of these little ones"
(Luke 17:1-2)

"Let none of you suffer ... as a busybody in other men's matters"
(1 Peter 4:15)

"Never, anywhere in the Holy Bible will you find God giving civil government
any authority to rear or direct the rearing of children ...
God told parents, not the government, to 'train up' their children"
(Laura Rogers, Societal Structures vs. Restructuring, as quoted in Berit Kjos, Brave New Schools, p185)


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Elizabeth McDonald