Well, all the liberals who think the government can do a better job of raising our kids than we can should all move to Canada now.
OTTAWA (AFP) – A Canadian court has lifted a 12-year-old girl’s grounding, overturning her father’s punishment for disobeying his orders to stay off the Internet, his lawyer said Wednesday.
The girl had taken her father toafter he refused to allow her to go on a school trip for chatting on websites he tried to block, and then posting “inappropriate” pictures of herself online using a friend’s computer.
The father’s lawyer Kim Beaudoin said the disciplinary measures were for the girl’s “own protection” and is appealing the ruling.
“She’s a child,” Beaudoin told AFP. “At her age, children test their limits and it’s up to their parents to set boundaries.”
“I started an appeal of the decision today to reestablish parental authority, and to ensure that this case doesn’t set a precedent,” she said. Otherwise, said Beaudoin, “parents are going to be walking on egg shells from now on.”
“I think most children respect their parents and would never go so far as to take them to court, but it’s clear that some would and we have to ask ourselves how far this will go.”
According to court documents, the girl’s Internet transgression was just the latest in a string of broken house rules. Even so, Justice Suzanne Tessier found her punishment too severe.
Beaudoin noted the girl used a court-appointed lawyer in her parents’ 10-year custody dispute to launch her landmark case against dear old dad.
I know how I would handle it, I would just cancel my Internet service. Maybe there’s more going on that was reported here but for the courts to get involved in a girl being grounded is insane. So what happens when the kid want to go to a party and dad says no? Another court battle? How much of a nanny state do people have to put up with before we decide enough is enough.
The scary part is that this kind of thing could happen here. And with some activist judges out there it could become ‘bench law’ – laws that no one voted on but some judge decided was a good idea.
Don’t believe me? Just take a look around. Gay marriage in California was not accomplished by passing a law, it was done by some judges ‘finding’ new rights in California’s Constitution. Enemy combatants now have access to our courts, not through law but through a courts ruling. And if you pass a law that a judge doesn’t like they can declare it null and void – despite the will of the people.
It won’t be Congress that legislates our rights away, it will be the courts.