Derek and Francis Baars served as foster parents for two little girls, aged three and four, all happily living in their Hamilton, Ontario home in 2015, until Children’s Aid Society bureaucrats came calling.
Devout Christians, the Baars didn’t want to lie to the girls by telling them that the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus are real.
CAS argued these were essential parts of Canadian culture, and by denying the existence of Santa Claus, they risked destroying the “magic” of Christmas.
The Baars, now living in Calgary, were devastated to have the girls taken away, and fear they may now be on a foster parent blacklist.
They’ve since taken Hamilton CAS to Superior Court, alleging their constitutional rights to freedom of religion and expression were violated. The judge has reserved his decision for now, but doesn’t this open up a large can of worms?
Does CAS monitor other religious folk to ensure they’re maintaining the magic of certain holidays?
I doubt it, but if I was working for CAS, I’d be visiting Joshua Boyle and Caitlin Coleman. Those kids were put in harm’s way at the moment of conception.