A couple weeks ago, we followed the story of how a store refused to make a birthday cake for a three-year-old boy named Adolf Hitler Campbell due to his name. Now, the boy and his two sisters — JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell — have been taken from their parents in Holland Township, N.J., by the state’s Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). The father, Heath Campbell is expected to appear in court on Thursday in the case.
It is not clear why the children were removed. If it was just the names, a serious constitutional problem may be looming.
After the mein kake incident, experts like forensic psychologist N.G. Berrill said the naming of little Adolph is child abuse: “Part of it is the infantile nature of the parents’ behavior. You can name your dog something weird, but they think they’re making some kind of bold statement with the children, not appreciating that the children will have separate lives and will be looked at in a negative light until they’re able to change their name. It is abuse.”
In my view, that would be insufficient reason to justify such an act and would violate the constitutional rights of the family. Not only would this violate parental rights under the Constitution but violate the first amendment rights of the family. The city would need to show some dangerous conduct or conditions, which were notably not referenced in earlier articles describing the parents as good parents.
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