by Pastor Paul Michael Raymond-Appomattox, VA
An Illinois court has explained parens patriae in the following manner: “It is the unquestionable right and imperative duty of every enlightened government, in its character of parens patriae, to protect and provide for the comfort and well being of such for its citizens. The performance of these duties is justly regarded as one of the most important governmental functions, and all constitutional limitations must be so understood as not to interfere with its proper and legitimate exercise.” County of McLean v. Humphreys (III.1882)
This law gives power to the state to protect and educate all children as it sees fit. It furthermore, gives the state the authority to supersede the God given custodial authority of the parent over the child. Thus, the state has proclaimed itself the legitimate authority and ruler of the family. This declaration is in direct conflict with the Holy Scriptures.
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