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1/31/09

Do Parents Have The Right To Name A Child Adolph Hitler?

Do Parents Have The Right To Name A Child Adolph Hitler?

As you have perhaps read, recently authorities took a young child and siblings from his parents. The boy was named Adolph Hitler. A grocery store bakery refused to inscribe a birthday cake for the boy with that name on it. The father made a great fuss in the media about individual rights being trampled on. At about that time the authorities stepped in. The father was a former member of a pro-Nazi, extreme right-wing group. He had a wire or two loose; that is obvious.

Here is a news snippet: "New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services took into protective custody Adolf Hitler Campbell, 3, and his younger sisters JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, 1, and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, 8 months, according to the Holland Township Police Department. "

In Germany, parents do not have the right to name a child anything they want. The government can reject names it considers inappropriate. There is wisdom in this. Parents are guardians, not owners, of their children, and therefore have no right to saddle them with names that are sure to expose them to ridicule, if not physical danger. More

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