Such a Thing as Corrupt Laws

Such a Thing as Corrupt Laws

Diane Robertson

Recently, I have been informed by a couple of nice people how important it is to keep ALL of the laws.  I know what they are telling me is kindly meant. But, I do have to laugh, because well– I don’t even speed. I haven’t for years. Several years back, I got a speeding ticket, and that was enough to convince me that I would rather be late then spend a weeks’ worth of groceries on getting there on time. So, why would some people inform me that I should be following all of the laws?

It is due to many of the political things that I have been writing over the last couple of years. Some of these things, I submit to UFI, and some I just put onto my own little family blog. Recently, I ran into a couple of news articles that I found disturbing, and downright frightening! So I wrote about  them and had some nice people politely, yet strongly, rebuke my opinion.

In this news article, a father, in Pittsburg, PA, left his 6 and 9 year old at a park to play while he showered and ran some errands. A woman at the park watched the kids for an hour and then called the police. The man was cited for two counts of child endangerment, and Child Protection Services is investigating his family.

In this other article, a mother left her two children in her car, in the winter, while she went into the store for ten minutes. When she came out, a police officer had her three year old daughter outside of her car and would not let her come near her daughter. The family is now involved in serious court battles and the mother may end up facing jail time.

I feel outraged about this type of thing. Yes, I do think having laws are good and we should obey the laws. BUT, there is such a thing as corrupt laws. Laws that rip families apart or send otherwise good parents to jail are corrupt laws. Laws that threaten lives or take away basic liberty are corrupt laws.

No one would argue that the Jim Crow laws in the Southern United States were corrupt laws. I haven’t met anyone who believes that Rosa Parks should have given up her seat on the bus even though that happened to be the law.

No one would argue that many of the laws in Nazi Germany were corrupt laws. I haven’t met anyone who felt like Corrie ten Boom, author of  The Hiding Place, shouldn’t have hidden Jewish people in her home because that was against the law.

Now, I am not saying that everyone should just send their children pell-mell to the park and leave them, or that everyone should leave their children in the car at the store.  I am saying that perhaps we should have more trust in the decision of parents to determine what is safe and what is not safe for their children.  I am saying that I think children are better off with parents who have determined it is safe to leave them in a car for 10 minutes in the winter than with an arrested parent or foster parents. And I am saying that children are better off living with parents who send them off to the neighborhood park while they run errands than with a parent in jail or with foster parents.

Many of these laws are known as “Child Endangerment Laws.” These laws are then left to the interpretation of a police officer, social worker, and judge. Leaving a child at a park could be counted as child endangerment as well as taking a child ice skating, owning a trampoline, having a dirty bathroom, giving a child candy for lunch, letting a child climb a tree, sending a child late to school over many days, or allowing a child to walk alone to the neighbor’s house. When children are being taken away from otherwise good parents because of a law that is left too open for interpretation, then that is a corrupt law.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the lady in the park stood up for the parent rather than taking action to break up his family? Would you have stood up for Rosa Parks or wished in her jail for breaking the law?

The good news is, some people are trying to help.

In my home state of Utah, State Representative LaVar Christensen, wrote and successfully passed HB 161 during the Utah legislation period. This law requires the state to provide in-home services for struggling parents and seek qualified extended family kinship placement, before pursuing foster placement. I say hurray for Utah for protecting your families. Now social workers and judges can’t just remove children from their parents without real in home evidence of abuse and a proven inability of the parent’s to change.

Citizens in other states can find a state representative or senator to sponsor a similar bill in their state legislatures. Corrupt laws can still be worked against. Good parents should not have to live in fear of having their family broken up because they allow their children to play without an adult at a neighborhood park.

  • Brandi
    Posted at 07:39h, 22 April

    Over the past few months I have been trying to help my boyfriend and his children. I have been contacting media stations acorss both Virginia and North Carolina, however it seems that the people that can make the most change want nothing to do with corrupt laws and judicial systems. As of last week I have started a petition in hopes of helping families just like the stories about.
    Due you think there is any help for the american families that are having their rights violated by this corruption. I ask because I am begining to lose hope that there is anything we can do to get his children home and away from the mental abuse they are dealing with daily.

  • Meagan
    Posted at 13:00h, 24 April

    That’s a really great law. I agree with what you wrote. The man who left his children where they could have been kidnapped for a whole hour probably was not being smart, but a warning would suffice. One law that really makes me frustrated is that people are allowed to have big dangerous dogs with very little regulation, but are not allowed to have clotheslines or chickens for self-reliance purposes because they might make the neighborhood look too homey.

  • United Families International
    Posted at 20:21h, 25 April

    The law in Utah should give you hope that citizens and other law makers will recognize that there is a problem with over-reach and work to put children where they belong – with their parents. Hopefully this legislation will be a model for other states.

    There is also a growing “Parental Rights” movement not only in the U.S. and around the world. It appears that people have had enough. We wish you luck and wish we had something more specific to your area and situation to offer.

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