Thursday, November 6, 2008

The First Step Down a Slippery Slope?

The legislation mentioned in this particular article from the Netherlands probably won't happen, but the fact that the "unfit parent" concept continues to keep popping up - in topics ranging from homeschooling to global warming - worries me that sooner or later some of the rhetoric will start to stick.

I realize the potential good that something like this could do, however, if history is to be an indicator, I cannot underestimate man's capacity to do evil with anything that has ever come under his control:

Women in the Netherlands who are deemed by the state to be unfit mothers should be sentenced to take contraception for a prescribed period of two years, according to a draft bill before the Dutch parliament.

The proposed legislation would further punish parents who defied it by taking away their newborn infant.

Have we got the right to exercise pre-emptive "justice" – and could this be the first step towards a "minority report" approach to parental "precrime"? And, perhaps, given the Dutch penchant for social engineering, this could prove to be the prelude for the professionalisation of parenting, where in the distant future only certified and trained "fathers" and "mothers" would be allowed to raise children in special facilities.

Less fantastically, could this not be the first step down a slippery slope?

Read entire article: Guardians of the unborn

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