Norway caves to international pressure, returns children to Christian family


– The Washington Times – Tuesday, June 7, 2016

After international protests were held demanding the return of children who were taken away from their “radical” Christian parents, the Norwegian government last week agreed to let the children go home.

“The Naustdal Municipality of Norway has come to terms with Marius & Ruth Bodnariu for the return home of all of their five (5) children,” the family said in a June 3 press release.

“We thank you all for your love, support, prayers, and active participation in the reunification of this family,” the statement said. “May God richly bless you and repay you for all you have done to bring this family back together.”

The government agreed to return the children after a four-day hearing before a five-person county board, The Federalist reported. The board recommended both sides come to a settlement, which they were initially unable to do.

But after the board hinted that it would likely rule against the government, a settlement to return the children to the family was reached.

The government eventually dropped its case against the Bodnariu family, as well as its plan to keep the children in foster homes until adulthood.

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