would you do if you were driving your family through a state
within the Union, only to have law enforcement officers scoop
up your children, take them away from you, accusing you, the
parent, of abuse?
and Ruth Christine, college graduates, simple living folk, were
driving the family through Oregon. They stopped along the way
in Grants Pass. While there they visited the neighborhood library.
And that’s when the nuthouse tragic turn exploded in front
of their futures.
from England, Brian from Indiana. They considered themselves
a happy family. Brian, wanting to be the best husband and father
possible, became involved in Promise Keepers, a Christian organization.
He was also a long time Eagle Scout.
born again believers, they do not drink alcohol nor misuse drugs.
They attempt to live a godly example before their children.
in the library, two law officers approached Brian. They told
him that they were having to examine the children. They had
received an anonymous call that said their children were dehydrated.
With that, the parents were taken back to their vehicle and
thus began hell on earth.
inquired about his civil rights. The officer took offense at
that. Therefore, the children were taken away, the parents hauled
into court, and one travesty after another leveled against this
family on vacation in Oregon. The start was in May 2000.
were taken away by a Services to Children and Families Agent
who claimed the girls were dehydrated and malnourished. Further,
Ruth was told that her unborn baby, when born, would have to
be handed over to the agent as well.
newspaper splashed the situation across the pages with the horrific
twist that Brian and Ruth were unfit parents. These two adults
have no criminal records. They have never been accused of being
psychologically unfit. They have always paid their bills on
time. Yet now they are accused by the media and government as
mother and father not capable of caring for their own.
this hellish journey, there has been nothing but the ‘good-ol-boy’
system set in place throughout the attorneys, doctors, clergy,
KKK and others within the community. They stick together for
they have discovered unfit parents and they are going to make
them pay — big time.
fear, Ruth fled the state to give birth. Brian stayed behind
to fight for the return of his children.
date, Brian and Ruth are still victims of this injustice. Today,
Brian and Ruth sit in prison, defended by an honorable lawyer,
they are the victims of an ambitious character assassin, Atty.
Rick Wesenberg, and the system that lets him run wild. Their
lives have been ruined, their daughters taken away and little
or no hope of ever being reunited with them in this life. And
this happened in America...
ago, my teen son was in trouble. So he was seated in a police
station. I stood in the room alongside him. When the police
officer completed some of his paper work, I had some questions.
I started to ask the officer my queries. He did not like me
wanting answers to a few questions so he started yelling at
my legal ground, asking why it was that I could not ask questions
and get answers. With that, he moved into the hallway, continued
to raise his voice at me, informing me that if I did not keep
my mouth shut, he would arrest me for the weekend.
officers on duty gathered behind the screaming policeman and
laughed heartily at me, a well-known pastor in town, being at
the end of the officer’s mocking stick. I was shocked,
humiliated and enraged. Yet I dared not speak one more word.
has haunted me for years. I cannot let go of it.
I wrote a letter to the head of the department, complaining
of the mistreatment leveled against me, the police corps banded
together as one against me. I had not a chance. There was no
other recourse but for me to live with the injustice.
thought of others who have endured far greater injustices. And
now I come upon one of those situations in the lives of Brian
and his wife and three daughters. So I relate to you the goings-on
that continue to go on in one corner of our democracy or another.
Because of what happened to me on a small scale, I can cry through
the night on what is occurring to the Christine family.
fully believe it. I can fully understand. I can fully sympathize
Grant Swank, Jr., is the Pastor of New Hope Church in
Windham, ME. He is a a graduate of an accredited
college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at
Harvard Divinity School. Pastor Swank has been married
for 41 years and he has 3 adult children. He is
the author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various
Protestant and Catholic magazines, journals and newspapers.
He writes a weekly religion column for PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
newspaper, Portland ME. His columns have appeared on IntellectualConservative.com,
VIOdaily.com, AmericanDaily.com, MensNewsDaily.com, BushCountry.org, Chalcedon.com,
ConservativeTruth.com, FreeRepublic.com, WoundedShepherds.com, among others.
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