"We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home."
- Edward R. Murrow
This morning, another blog that I follow posted on this topic. I promised to share the information, so here it is.
I am disgusted and pained whenever I hear of a child dying by violence or neglect. I'm the first one to call for heads to roll when our local Child Welfare office botches a case AGAIN (as so often seems to happen). I want children removed from horrible homes and given a chance at a happy, wholesome life.
However, we all know that government zeal can go too far. This is going on in Great Britain as we speak. They are creating a database of each and every child that can be used by ANY professional to decide if a child is being cared for properly. Two strikes and you can loose custody while your children are sent to foster care. Here's a sample of what this means.
"The 'children's index', which will cost the taxpayer £224 million, will even monitor whether youngsters are eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, whether they go to church or are struggling to get good marks at school.This database, which was put into place quickly and with almost no oversight or input from the British people, is an example of where we could be headed. Protection of children is essential and something that we should all care about and promote. However, we cannot allow our freedom--that most important freedom of raising our children as we think best--to be absorbed by the government and the "professional class". Please discuss this with your family, friends, and neighbors. This is just too important to sweep under the rug!
One assessment records whether a pre-school child is in day care - suggesting that those who are looked after by their mothers at home are not conforming to the state ideal."
Big Brother database to record the lives of all children
By JANE MERRICK, Daily Mail -