Children Seized from Parents on Charges of ‘Christian Indoctrination’ in Norway

bodnariu-compressedA Christian couple in Norway have reportedly become embroiled in a battle with social services after their five children were removed on charges that included “Christian radicalization and indoctrination.”

On Nov. 16, Norway’s child welfare services, the Barnevernet, seized Marius and Ruth Bodnariu’s two daughters, two sons and their baby, Ezekiel. The two eldest children were reportedly removed from school without their parents knowledge, and then Barnevarnet representatives arrived with police at the Bodnariu home, where welfare services seized the remaining children, minus the baby.

The organization returned the following day and removed the infant as well after the family tried to resolve the matter at the local police station.

On Nov. 18, the Barnevernet told Ruth Bodnariu that the children had been split up with two separate families.

An online petition calling for the return of the children has already been signed by over 26,000 people.

“The parents were interrogated and asked not to publicly reveal the situation so they wouldn’t aggravate their case!” text on the petition page reads in part. “They are just a normal Christian family trying to raise their children in the knowledge of God! There is no documented or otherwise abuse of any kind in this family!”

A Facebook page created to support the family, however, provides some insight from Marius Bodnariu’s brother, Daniel, who is a pastor. He explained in a statement on Wednesday that the children’s principal contacted welfare services after expressing concerns over how they were being raised, including in regard to the family’s Christian beliefs.

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“The girls told her they are being disciplined at home. [She also said that] the girls are ‘challenging’ in the sense that they talk a lot and do not want to obey the school rules, but are creative and intelligent,” Daniel Bodnariu outlined.

“In her message she also said that the parents are faithful Christians, ‘very Christian’ and the grandmother has a strong faith that God punishes sin, which, in her opinion, creates a disability in children,” he said. “The complaint further says that although the girls are distinguished by good results at school and that she does not believe them to be physically abused at home, she believes that the parents need ‘help’ and guidance from the Barnevernet into raising their children.”

In a hearing on Monday, the Bodnariu family lost their appeal against the removal of their children. The court ruled that the couple could visit their three month old twice a week for two hours, as well as their sons, but could not visit their daughters.


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  • Jade

    Good people do good things, bad people do bad things, but it takes religion for good people to do bad things. These people are probably good people but are messed up (brain washed) by their religious extremism.

    • RCE

      Are you familiar with the family? Do you know that they are “brain washed by their religious extremism”? Can you explain the extremist acts of the family within this article? The only extremism I read is coming from a principal, a family “service” organization and a judge.

      • VS

        I know his sister. There is no brainwashing.

        • gizmo23

          If you are for it it’s “education” if against its “brainwashing”

    • bowie1

      And your evidence is…?

  • crusader51

    Isaiah 5:19-21
    Woes to the Wicked
    …19Who
    say, “Let Him make speed, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it;
    And let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near And come to
    pass, that we may know it!” 20Woe
    to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for
    light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet
    for bitter! 21Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight!

    • lizk

      I find many do not check out everything to what the bible says only what they are told. They do not want to really know what Jesus says. He told us to check all spirits and if they do not speak to the law and to the testimony of Jesus (prophecy) then there is no light in them and to stay away from them.

      • crusader51

        Bible illiteracy is Satan’s greatest weapon. Sadly our governments war on Christianity has accomplished a great deal for Satan in his quest to bring about the rule of the Anti-Christ.

  • Sage

    Sounds like Nazi Germany.

    • Feeder ov Goats

      You must surely mean the Soviet Union. Atheism was the law there, whereas “positive Christianity” was the official religion of Germany according to the National-Socialist manifesto. It was the Communists that butchered Christians by the tens of millions.

      • MamaBear

        Genuine Christians were persecuted in Nazi Germany even though the state churches went along with the Nazis.

        • Feeder ov Goats

          My understanding is that the Christians who were sent to concentration camps were not sent there because they were “genuine,” but because they were against the government. In other words, their faith had nothing to do with their persecution. All political dissidents were dealt with harshly due to the fear that there would be a red revolution.

          As a matter of fact, many thousands of Soviet citizens supported the German invasion, as they were regarded as Christian crusaders come to liberate them from the godless Communists. NS Germany was a Christian country; get over it.

          • MamaBear

            To merely be part of the Confessing Church which withdrew from the state church because they were mixing Nazism with religion was considered political dissidence.
            I can understand Soviets, who had probably heard little of Hitler’s atrocities, hoping Hitler would be better than the horrors of Stalin they knew firsthand.
            Nazi Germany had one legal religion – Nazism. Many state church leaders bowed down to the false god of Nazism in hopes of survival and led their people to do the same. In fact, Nazis were picking the leadership of the state churches. Many historians believe Hitler was trying to gradually eliminate Christianity. There is evidence of that in Goebbel’s diaries, Table Talk, and testimony in the Nuremburg trials.
            Were the Germans who claimed both Christianity and Nazism really Christians? Most probably were not. Jesus said we would know them by their fruits. In the end, God will judge. But Nazi Germany was certainly NOT a Christian country.

          • Feeder ov Goats

            “We are a people of different faiths, but we are one. Which faith conquers the other is not the question; rather, the question is whether Christianity stands or falls. We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity, in fact our movement is Christian.” – Hitler, in a speech in Passau, 1928.

            Germany was the only country that stood up to the mass-murdering Bolsheviks. The “Christian” United States supported the anti-Christian reds (at a time when there were no reported German atrocities, and many well-documented Soviet atrocities, such as the Holodomor), dooming half of Europe to nearly 50 years of Communist hell. You are right about one thing, though: In the end, God will judge.

          • MamaBear

            If Hitler has said publicly in 1928, the things he is reported to have said privately about Christianity, he would have never gained power. Always take what a politician says about anything with a grain of salt. There are sometimes men and women of character and genuine faith who go into politics, but there are many others, they don’t even have to be as depraved as Hitler, that will claim allegiance to a faith or a cause just to get into power.

          • Feeder ov Goats

            Of course, politicians lie all the time. Actions speak louder than words. For that reason, when you consider the staggering moral shift from the rampant degeneracy of the Weimar Republic to the pornography-burning Third Reich, it’s hard to argue that Hitler didn’t restore Christian values to Germany.

          • MamaBear

            When you read the New Testament, and the teachings of Jesus, it becomes apparent to any honest person that Hitler was about as far from being a follower of Jesus Christ as humanly possible.

          • Feeder ov Goats

            We have veered WAY off the topic of the article, but I hope others will find this discussion interesting nevertheless.

            I have read the NT several times. One of the great things that strikes me is the emphasis placed on truth, and the need to speak it. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Therefore, to lie is to deny God. I can well imagine the torrent of abuse the early Christians must have suffered, and the social pressures that tried to bully them into silence. That is why I cannot shy away saying things I know are true, even if others find it offensive. Please understand that I am motivated solely by the truth, because it was only through pursuing the truth that I found God.

            Obviously I cannot claim to know what was in Hitler’s head or his heart, but neither can you. He was an enigma, even to those closest to him. But I can look at his words and deeds, and examine them in their historical context. And when I see the monumental work he did in revitalizing the German spirit, I don’t see a monster. Before he came to power, the number one occupation for women was prostitution. 270,000 Germans, utterly bereft of hope, were committing suicide every year. Germany was the sin capital of the world, and was on the brink of total collapse. Hitler saved Germany, transforming it from the poorest nation in Europe to the richest, elevating the people from the lowest standard of living to the highest, in just five years. Had he died in 1938, he may well have been regarded as the greatest European statesman of all time.

            But since none of that makes for particularly good anti-German propaganda, it isn’t talked about. I hated Hitler when I was younger, and I hated Christianity also. I was lied to about both.

            Hitler was a vegetarian because he couldn’t stand the idea of an animal being killed for his food. He didn’t drink, and warned of the dangers of smoking. He preached a healthy lifestyle. He came from a poor family and was twice awarded the Iron Cross for bravery in WWI. Churchill, by contrast, was an obese, cigar-chomping alcoholic who was obsessed with war. Stalin was a mass-murderer, and FDR was a diseased liar, born into a privileged family, who needed a glorious war to brush over his utter failure to restore the American economy.

            When honestly appraising the characters of these men, Hitler’s strikes me as the most Christian.

          • MamaBear

            Dachau opened in 1933. Euthanasia of disabled began in the early 30s as well. Laws discriminating against Jews began in 1935. Germany already had anti-Semitism, but this encoded it in law, and included Jews who had converted to Christianity and people with Jewish ancestry who did not identify themselves as Jews.

            Hitler set forth his ideas of conquest and anti-semitism in Mein Kampf during the mid-1920s.

            Even if Hitler had died before he had carried out his evil plans, he was clearly forming them far earlier. There is far more to Christianity than not smoking or drinking.

            Quotes by Hitler in Table Talk (translated 1953)

            “After all, it was only between the sixth and eighth centuries that
            Christianity was imposed on our peoples by princes who had an alliance of interests with the shavelings. Our peoples had previously succeeded in living all right without this religion. I have six divisions of SS composed of men absolutely indifferent in matters of religion. It doesn’t prevent them from going to their deaths with serenity in their souls.”

            “Our epoch will certainly see the end of the disease of Christianity.”
            Had Hitler died before carrying out his diabolical plans, God would still have known his heart. I find it doubtful any of the top political leaders you named of the 30s/40s were Christians.

          • Feeder ov Goats

            The Table Talks are interesting, but I don’t put much stock in them. Whether or not the translations are accurate, or whether their source is to be trusted, is difficult to determine. If Hitler truly did say those things, then no, he was not a Christian.

            Regardless, as Chancellor, he brought 12 years of happiness and financial liberation to the German people. The “anti-semitism” you speak of was a natural consequence of Jewish actions. As soon as he came to power, international Jewry declared war on Germany with a boycott on German goods. It made the front page of the NY Times. It was Jews behind the Communist takeover in Russia and attempted takeover in Germany, and it was also they who promoted decadence with their theaters, art, and control of the press. The real reason for the war was that Hitler showed the world what could happen when a people is free from Jewish and Masonic influence in media, culture, finance, and politics.

            The term “The Final Solution to the Jewish Question” was coined by Zionists in the late 19th century, in reference to creating a Jewish state. This is also what the Germans meant by it, which is why they had the transfer agreement.

            There is no evidence that Hitler ever ordered the extermination of Jews. Furthermore, there is no evidence of homicidal gas chambers anywhere in Europe. Only the United States has ever used such an inefficient an inhumane method of execution.

            Conversely, Theodore Kaufman, an American Jew, called for the total annihilation of Germany in his book Germany Must Perish! (published in 1941, long before the death camp stories came out). Time magazine described it as “sensational”.

            He wrote: “This dynamic volume outlines a comprehensive plan for the extinction of the German nation and the utter eradication from the earth, of all her people.”

            Ilya Ehrenburg, a Soviet propagandist (who also happened to be Jewish), also wrote plenty of evil things, such as: “Kill! Kill! In the German race there is nothing but evil; not one among the living, not one among the yet unborn but is evil! Follow the precepts of Comrade Stalin. Stamp out the fascist beast once and for all in its lair! Use force and break the racial pride of these German women. Take them as your lawful booty. Kill! As you storm onward, kill, you gallant soldiers of the Red Army.”

            And: “If you kill one German, kill another — there is nothing more amusing for us than a heap of German corpses. Count not the days, nor the kilometers. Count only the number of Germans killed by you. Kill the German — that is your grandmother’s request. Kill the German! — that is your child’s prayer. Kill the German! –your motherland cries out. Do not miss. Do not let through. Kill!”

            As a result, millions of German women were raped, and the men who tried to save them were tortured and murdered. Where is their memorial? Oh, that’s right; they don’t deserve one because they’re “evil Nazis.”

            And then there was the vicious and vindictive Morgenthau Plan, named after the Jewish Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, Jr. It was initially supported by both Churchill and FDR. If fully implemented, Germany would not exist today.

            The evils committed against Germany from 1944 to 1947 are on a scale that make even the largely fabricated atrocities attributed to Hitler pale in comparison. More Germans died in those few post-war years than during the war itself. But nobody cares. Everyone bought into the lies peddled by our traitorous governments and Jewish-controlled mass media.

            There is no question in my mind that all the lies of the past 70 years will eventually crumble, and the German people will be vindicated. From what I have learned, I would not be surprised to find Hitler in heaven.

          • American4Truth

            You are wrong. I have seen the German gas chambers with my own eyes. You lie and distort the truth. You are an antisemitic holocost denier.

          • Vic

            You obviously don’t know what a real gas chamber should look like in construction.
            It wouldn’t have glass windows or an ordinary door entrance,
            holes in the roof for cyanide pellets to be thrown down, or shower heads for dispensing gas. Doors would have to have proper seals and extractors to remove the gas.

            The foremost world expert on gas chambers and technology from the USA tested all the so called gas chambers in the camps and was unable to find one piece of evidence that any building was used for gassing.

          • Vic

            Actually, if one would read the true history of how the two world wars started, they would be shocked to find what they have been taught has all been false.

            Hitler always wanted peace, but the Jews wouldn’t accept it and drew England and the USA in to the war. Headlines of the day were ” Judea declares war on Germany ” It’s all on record.
            Feeder ov goats post is accurate.

          • American4Truth

            Hitler was not a Christian. He might have done a few good things but his atrocities far outweighed the good. He was evil to the core when it came to his killing of the Jews

          • American4Truth

            One act of goodness does not make up for many other horrible acts.

          • lizk

            anyone who claims to be Christian they would not be killing or murdering any one. Jesus could of dune away with people but instead He healed anyone who came to Him with all kinds of diseases, He was good to everybody even those who crucified Him. He showed us what His Father is like. Love and mercy.

          • American4Truth

            You are wrong. I have seen the German gas chambers with my own eyes. You lie and distort the truth. You are an antisemitic holocost denier.

          • Feeder ov Goats

            That is not an argument.

            When I was a child, I believed in Santa Claus. I knew he was real because I had seen him with my own eyes. I know now, however, that it was just a fat man in a red suit.

            Have you ever seen a gas execution chamber (the type used to kill criminals in America)? Quite different to the so-called gas chambers in the so-called death camps, are they not? For a start, they don’t have flimsy wooden doors with glass windows like the “gas chamber” in Auschwitz. The ones used for delousing … now they actually look like gas chambers! So, granted, there were gas chambers in the camps, but they weren’t used for killing people. The small delousing chambers have blue staining from Zyklon B usage, but the big ones (supposed used for killing Jews) don’t. How odd.

            Since facts are irrelevant to you, as evidenced by your Pavlovian reaction (attacking me personally instead of debating with reason and facts, like Mamabear did), I shan’t waste my time reeling off all the holes in the official story.

            But you might want to as yourself why it is that doubting the Holocaust narrative is illegal in Canada, France, Germany, and many other countries It is perfectly legal in all Christian countries to question the existence of Jesus Christ, and rightly so. The truth does not fear investigation.

            “And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.”

          • lizk

            I believe what happened in Europe under Hitler that he killed a lot of Jews and any one who spoke against his government, Russia killed a lot of people, genoside in Rawanda and many other places. Yes, many people question the existance of Jesus. The reason why all this is happening is because we turned our backs on God whit out Jesus we can do nothing. This is going to be like this till Jesus comes back. But evil is going to come to a head so that everyone can see what evil really is. God wants us to repent and turn away from evil. If the world hated Jesus so they will hate the followers of Jesus, which side are you on?

          • Feeder ov Goats

            I’m with Jesus, all the way. If I am hated for loving him, so be it.

      • Vic

        It was the Communists that butchered Christians by the tens of millions.

        And who were the Communists ? The Bolshevic Jews. Russia was a Christian country and now the Jews have gone, Russia has returned to it’s Christian roots. It is no longer the Soviet Union.

  • The Last Trump

    Heavens NO!
    Christian indoctrination! Egads!!
    What were they thinking?

    Almost had a handful of citizens who would have grown up to be thankful for their blessings, charitable to the needy, active in their communities, responsible and loving husbands and wives, law abiding, honest and tax paying because they knew that they were accountable to Almighty God for every thought, word and deed.

    Dodged a real bullet there, Norway.

    • Argent Furor

      Apparently norway would prefer they shout allahu ackbar and then blow themselves up…

    • ppp777

      And then they have these have the gall to complain islam taking over , you can’t help but laugh .

  • Truthhurts24

    Norway sounds like a great place to live

  • Anni

    This is very strange, considering that in Norway 4 out of 5 people were baptized. How can it be?

    • safari2bongaloo

      The parents abused their children in a manner not mentioned in the article, most likely.

      • VS

        Wrong.

      • Michael L

        Do they look abused, beaten, starved and unhappy?

        • gizmo23

          You can’t tell anything from a photo. There are photos of Hitler playing with his kids

          • Pirate

            We have our own crazies here, like parents who end up with dead kids because they believe in faith healing over conventional medicine. I agree, something that is probably not mentioned in the article.

    • Donaldo

      Baptism is just water. It’s Romans 10:9 & 10 Confessing with your mouth the Jesus is your Lord (Master, Owner) and believing in your Heart that God raised Jesus from the dead (the state of absolute lifeless-ness ). And by doing that you are born again & filled with the Holy Spirit and THAT is the TRUE Baptism.

      • Vic

        Acts 2:38 “Then
        Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the
        name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the
        gift of the Holy Ghost.”

  • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

    What country will grant them asylum if they escape from the lunatic government of Norway?

    • jeff

      Exactly, Good point. Are there any Christian nations left?
      God will judge all nations because all nations have gone against Israel, The apple of Gods eye.

      • http://www.crazyrev.blogspot.com/ C.Brian Ross

        Israel is one of very few countries, today, in which they would be permitted to raise their children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Where, by the way, is the Norwegian national (evangelical Lutheran) church in all of this? Is it pro-actively supporting these parents?

      • lizk

        there is spiritual Israel who are circumsized on the heart by the Spirit of God those who love Him and keep His commandments because they are saved. The law points out sin and cannot save. Only by the power of God can we please Him through Faith.

    • Louise Mitchell

      OBOZO WOULDN’T LET THEM IN THEY ARE CHRISTIAN

      • sandra-paquette-

        I bet Israel would..

        • Michael Og

          israel is the reason for anti Christian deeds the world over you goyum

    • Hola amigo.

      Russia

  • Laura Wojtowicz

    Maybe we need to turn the principal in for…………can’t say………..

    • archer

      I’m curious what the principal’s last name is.

    • Ax2root

      Don’t be naive and underestimate evil……everything in that article shows the Norwegian govt acted in evil

    • American4Truth

      History tells us that in the past, all it took was admitting to being a Christian and you were put to death. So taking children away for the crime of being a Christian is not as drastic.

  • TruthSeeker ForChrist

    The greatest achievement of public school is teaching children to question and turn against their own parents. #HOMESCHOOL

  • VS

    They are a good family.

  • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

    This is a great evil. Jesus said, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Nations have gone to war for less than this. When David’s family was kidnapped, he inquired of the Lord, and then pursued and killed the kidnappers. “And … behold, they were spread abroad over all the land, eating and drinking and dancing, because of all the great spoil they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah. And David struck them down from twilight until the evening of the next day, and not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men, who mounted camels and fled.”

  • jmichael39

    Crazy part is that Norway has a state religion…the Lutheran Church.

    • Timothy Lamb

      Not anymore it seems.

    • Valita R. Randolph

      But the Lutheran Church doesn’t necessarily teach Christian doctrine.

      • jmichael39

        oh come on, just because they don’t do things the way you or I do, let’s not be prejudiced. Because my daughter spent 18 months on a mission trip to Norway, I think I have a slightly better idea of what they are like there.

      • jmichael39

        which official doctrines of the Lutheran church are referring to?

  • Kenneth Hanson

    The State now controls religious teaching in the home? Freedom of the individual has just been eroded in a country that is hardly known for its hard line on democracy and freedom of thought. This is serious and needs challenging at the highest level of international justice.

    • lizk

      what is a better way to break people is to make them fear and how much are people willing to give up their freedoms? God made us free and no man can the right to control the freedom of conscience; Our freedoms of doing good is of God.

  • Feeder ov Goats

    They don’t call Norway the last Soviet state for nothing.

  • Bacchus

    Now for the good news Jesus will sort out these hypocrites

  • Guest

    Use discernment with an article that only links to third party sites giving only one side of the story. The authorities will allow visiting the sons and not the daughters? – anyone listening should suspect there is more to this story than the article is sharing.

    Half truths are the same as no truths, I would need to know more before even thinking of having an opinion of worth on this story.

  • Michael L

    Did they find any bombs? Any guns? Any anti-government
    propaganda? No evidence of child abuse according to the
    teachers of the children? Insanity of the governments who
    fear Christians but will welcome Islam.

  • Robin Turner

    I find it fishy that their daughters are the only kids they aren’t allowed to visit. I don’t consider this a mark against the parents, it’s obvious their cps is messed up. Has to make you question, especially with abusive foster homes and human trafficking

  • archer

    Watch the daughters will be sexually abused in their new families, the infant will die from mysterious illness, etc.

  • PietjePuk

    This story is far to one sided. The Norwegian government is not allowed to answer any question or give their side of the story as they have to respect the privacy of the people involved. Even if the children have been molested, sexual abused, or whatever, we will not know. If the parents made up the story that it was for religious reasons, we will not know. So be careful before you shout all kinds of nonsense….

  • David Graham

    I was accused of the same thing in an ” American court” , in Oneida County New York, specifically. And sadly, no one did anything to help. It has been 5 years since I have seen my children now.

    • American4Truth

      If what you are saying is true, the conservative media would have brought your story to light. Try Foxnews, CBN, or Todd Starnes.

  • Aaronaaa

    If this is true, Norway has a serious problem on their hands and need to do some serious soul searching.

  • Yan

    Probably, the girls were resisting the feminist indoctrination at school. They don’t really care about the boys, who were probably taken to keep the parents down.

  • W.J. D

    What kind of administration is running Norway. Parents cannot bring up their children in faith. There is no freedom for that too. I thank God that I am born in India with full freedom to practice my religion the way I want without any fear. I have three children and bring them up in Christian faith.

  • Ngallendou

    I worked four years with a Norwegian company. It was sad to see the ways in which Norwegians incessantly browbeat each other. We were required to listen to harangues by feminists who assailed men, who were not allowed to speak up or talk back. Currently, every kind of pervert assails morality, atheists persecute Christians, Liberals berate conservatives, self-appointed journalists accuse islamophobics …

  • http://mediaispropaganda.com/ sammscript

    despicable behavior by the state, demonic beast behavior. Declaring that Yahwah will fight for this family, provide angelic protection and tear down the stronghold of darkness that took the children away. So be it.

  • Kelly Samuelson

    It bothers me how much we as Christians are attacked. They would never even consider removing a child from a radical Muslim family, but mention the word ‘Christian’, and everyone is up in arms. We are truly living in the end times

  • Kendra Malczyk

    Taking children away from their loving parents and dividing them from one another isn’t punishment? This organization is blind and full of hypocrisy. I think they are doing more psychological damage to these children then their parents have ever done.

  • expat1007

    This is insane and evil!

  • Mentat57

    My guess is that the parents used spanking as a way of telling the children when they had done something wrong. This is explicitly forbidden in Norway. Their Christianity as such I would say had nothing to do with it. If it had, then I agree this would have been a major scandal, but I very much doubt it.

  • Heidi K.

    The end times are screaming at us! We can only pray for these Christians and hope that the rapture will come soon.

  • Michael Og

    What the fuck?!?!!!!!

  • Mita

    My heart literally aches for this family – I know if the government came and took my kids from me simply because of my faith? It would nearly kill me. This is a cruel and arbitrary action on the part of the Norwegian government. Shame on them! May the Lord vindicate the parents.