Saturday, April 3, 2010

INJUSTICE 101 / Part 156 / For Love and For Justice / Zabeth and Paul Bayne/

Elie Wiesel, writer and winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace wrote, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”

I have neither delight nor pride in protesting the excessive and unreasonable treatment of Paul and Zabeth Bayne by the Ministry of Children. I must not fail to disapprove. I have such respect for the democracy in which I am privileged to live. That explains why it is unsettling for me to view a provincial ministry with suspicion. The Ministry of Children of the Fraser Valley has given me reason to worry. I seem to be far more naïve than many of my blog readers. When people like Paul and Zabeth are victimized, no one is protected. Protect children by all means. But what has been done to the Baynes and their children is patently wrong.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Reporters and journalists uncover stories like this. Readers raise objections when they read these articles. CBC journalist Kathy Tomlinson met for hours in conversation with Paul and Zabeth Bayne in March 2009. She prepared a couple of reports that were televised. The video interview to which I refer you now, while taped in March 2009, is the essence and truth of Paul’s and Zabeth’s story and their experience with the Fraser Valley Ministry of Children. The court case is still in a delay but when this court case concludes, reporters will be all over this. You owe it to yourself to hear Kathy’s questions and the Bayne’s responses and to form your opinions about these parents. You will gain a better appreciation for the significant obstacles which parents face when accused of an abuse that never happened.

When you suffer an injustice you must simply console yourself because the true unhappiness is in doing the injustice.

At this CBC link, the article is presented and then on the right hand side are two video interviews by Kathy Tomlinson. If you have already seen the first and shorter version, select the second video interview link and hear the fuller account.

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