Norwegian Christians: We Do Not Live In Catacombs, As Media Are Putting It
The story of Norwegian child protection service took five children from the family of Romanian migrants because of their religious upbringing is gaining more coverage in Russian and English media. At the same time Norwegian media are more reluctant to cover the story and Norwegian Christians deny persecution on behalf of authorities. Krynica.info tried to analyze the situation.
According to Christian Post, the five children of Roman Pentecostals Ruth and Marius Bodnariu were seized by the Barnevernet, Norway’s child services agency, on Nov. 16 after the principal of the middle school their two oldest daughters attend cited concerns about the children’s religious upbringing and how the parents were teaching their kids that God punishes sin.
He emphasizes that international media cite Bodnariu unqestioningly and without trying to contact Norwegian Christians to find out whether the situation in the country really resembles Soviet republics. “We know that the situation for Norwegian Christians is not on a catacomb level. Even if millions of Christians are now given that impression”, – Vebjørn Selbekk makes a conclusion.
Krynica.info also asked the representative of Norwegian Christian democratic party . Thus, the party’s secretary in Rogaland Olav Eggebø Aanonsen mentioned that he has no reasons to mistrust Barnevernet. The KrF international secretary Andreas Haug Løland called the practice of media to quote only one party of the conflict irresponsible. He aslo mentioned that children in Norway are protected from all kinds of violence including disciplinary strokes.
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