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Ethical problem

  1. Mar 17, 2004 #1
    A man and his wife have a four year old son. They are active members of the Ku Klux Klan. They dress him up in the white hood and take him to meetings. They teach him what they believe. He knows phrases like 'white power' and more racial epithets than most of us will ever know before he's old enough to read. Is this a healthy situation for a young child? Should the state be allowed or obligated to remove the child from his home?
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  3. Apr 10, 2004 #2
    Some people would say the state is infringing on their right to believe what they want that way, the state wouldn't want to put up with that. I think it could be healthy for the kid. Something as unnatural as raising one's hand 45 degrees up and then a cute baby face pout should make all watchers think he's the cutest thing alive ever! At least he won't be considered a misfit amongst the people he surrounds himself with.
  4. Apr 11, 2004 #3
    Yes, but sooner or later the child will meet others outside of his white race and situations may arise that could lead to violence.
  5. Apr 11, 2004 #4
    Then it's only a question of which is the lesser evil. And after we figure that out we can have some tea and crumpets at Bennie's.
  6. Apr 11, 2004 #5
    the KKK beliefs might theirs but when they have specific qualities to hurt others it is certain that imprints like this will lead to hate and violence. remove the kid.
  7. Apr 11, 2004 #6
    The kid will be traumatized when you take himi away from the place he knows. And imagine the first time he hears "Here's your cow, buddah" from his adoptee when he receives a hamburger. I am curious as to how someone given KKK ideas would be like. Was it fear that lead him to the KKK? And what hate can that fuzzy little angel have. His racism is going to be so unnatural and out of touch with what he'll be seeing when he grows up that he will probably think his parents were just joking.
  8. Apr 13, 2004 #7
    Where would this family permenently be residing? The relavance of this question pertains to the fact that a child may be removed from a family if he/she is living in inhumane conditons (which can be defined in their state or fedral law) and the parents are not capable of raising the child due to some level of insanity or the amount of time they spend with the child, or their physical/emotional treatment of the child. Or, if they can support him/her.
    I wouldn't think the child would be removed for beliefs the parents hold. Unless it was illegal...but under US law, person shall not be descriminated because of beliefs etc.
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