ENGLISH content: Not just a fluffy tale about the Easter Bunny
tice A.J. Goodman is a blistering critique of the aid society’s violation of charter rights in trying to force two Canadians to tell lies to kids in foster care.
His ruling cites evidence that the society’s employees appear to have been motivated by an “underlying animus” and “stereotypical belief” about Christians. As such, Goodman ruled, the breaches of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms were “unreasonable, arbitrary and discriminatory.”
That’s a long way from some fluffy tale about the Easter Bunny and Jolly Old St. Nick being before the bar.
Vigilant truth is the lived commitment of the Baars, a deeply Protestant couple then living in Hamilton, Ont., who opened their home in December 2015 to foster sisters aged three and four. The couple will no more lie than break any other of the Ten Commandments. They are completely honest about that.
Six months previous, when they were undergoing training to become foster parents, they were up front that their faith prohibited them taking any deviation from the truth. So they would not tell children in their care that the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus are real.
They were still happy to hide chocolate eggs for an Easter hunt, though they felt obliged to own up if necessary to the goodies being store-bought rather than spin a whopper about a wascally wabbit bringing them.
All this was fine until a Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton placement worker, Tracey Lindsay, began pressuring the Baars to be “culturally sensitive,” ignore their religious convictions, and perpetuate myth-making at Christmas and Easter.
The placement worker’s belief in her own infallibility was apparently such that she moved to have the two children taken from the home because of the Baars’ refusal to lie. With a single day’s notice in March 2016, without the kids even having time to gather their things, the society took the girls away.
Despite glowing reports about the care they’d