Your young son wants a new video game with explicit violence to which you object, but you find out later a government social worker overruled your decision and facilitated his access to the game.
Or your daughter has an appointment with a pediatrician, but your schedule won’t allow you to take her, and you forget to change it. The result is a letter from the doctor informing you that your child’s absence has been reported to a social worker for investigation.
Those are the possible outcomes of a new law in Scotland under challenge in a court hearing that began Tuesday. The “Named Person” law assigns a government agent to every child in the country under the age 18. The agent has authority to monitor issues and events of the child’s life, and intervene when the government deems it necessary.
The law is being challenged in the case by the U.K. charity Christian Institute and others before Judge Lord Pentland.
According to the institute, human rights attorney Aidan O’Neill believes the law is an “unjustified interference” in family and private life.
O’Neill also has contended the plan has too few protections against “arbitrary and oppressive” decisions by the government.
Colin Hart, director of the institute, who serves with the No 2 Named Persons campaign, said, “The blanket nature of this law degrades the image of the family and derides the work of the vast majority of parents.
“It also encourages suspicion among professionals about the dangers parents represent to their children.”
WND has reported multiple times on the case, which is seen by observers as a foreshadowing of social developments in the United States.
The “Named Person” initiative would “see a state guardian assigned to every child between birth and 18 years old.”
Written by BOB UNRUH
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