The most recent news regarding a (formerly) home schooling family in Sweden is so bad that it is painful even to have to pass it along. Some of my readers may have been following the years'-long case of the Johannsons in Sweden, whose son Domenic was dramatically kidnapped by Swedish officials several years ago as the family was boarding a plane to travel to India, which is the home country of Mrs. Johannson.
One occasionally reads of such dramatic government interventions when officials learn that parents are planning to take their daughters abroad to have them horribly mutilated. The Johannsons, on the other hand, were planning to take Domenic to India to continue home schooling him and to eat natural foods. Horrified at this prospect, the government seized Domenic, giving as a reason the plan to home school and the subsequent discovery of a couple of cavities.
Now the Swedish government has entirely revoked the parental rights of Annie and Christer Johannson. The ruling came, ironically, on so-called "Human Rights Day," Monday, December 10. I cannot emphasize too strongly that there are no allegations of abuse against these parents. The government is clearly insisting on making an example of them to prove its power and to send a message to other prospective home schooling parents that this is simply not allowed. (By the way, my understanding is that home schooling was formally not illegal at the time that Domenic was taken.)
The injustice to Christer, Annie, and Domenic done already can never be undone. Moreover, unless the Swedish Supreme Court reverses the lower court's ruling, this is just the beginning of years of separation during which Domenic will have to grow up without his beloved parents, who are not even allowed to see him.
While we Christians are praying for other parents who have had their children taken from them by unimaginable evil during this past week, let us also take some time to pray for the Johannsons--that God would bring them justice and reunite them, and that if, in His plan, that is not to happen, he would strengthen all of them. The mills of God grind slowly, and often we cannot understand why so very slowly. But God keeps the tally, and if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that great evil, done to the innocent, can escape His notice?