The people on both sides of this Bayne Custodial Hearing are good people.
Each time a critical remark about a Ministry employee is read or heard from a journalist, from a television news bite or a blog like this one, not only the employee but those who are close to that person take offense. They become protective. They know the individual and they feel the criticism to be groundless. They are after all, good people doing their jobs. Honest jobs. Providing care and resources to children, parents and families.
I know how it is. “How dare they criticize us for discharging our responsibilities as well as we can?” That is the mantra of insulted people.
Each time a loved one or a friend of Paul and Zabeth listen to another allegation of liability laid against them, or an assessment statement that questions their integrity, truthfulness or parental capability, we are similarly offended. We want to protect them from further injury. We want them to have their lives back. We want them to be out from under the scrutiny and control of Ministry employees because Paul and Zabeth are good people whose lives were interrupted not merely by tragedy but by the good people with good intentions who operated with misinformation.
I hear how it is. “How can the Ministry be so cruel and unfeeling?” Oh there is much more that is said by the sympathizers. It is not merely a mantra but a war cry. More is at stake on this side. It is not merely professional reputation within a Ministry but a FAMILY Survival that is at stake.
Here we have it, the Bayne Campaign for Justice pitted against the Ministry of Children - Fraser Region. How could good people come to this contentious intersection when three little children become the award for winning a Court Ruling?
Good people should engage in discussion and resolution, but if one side demands the return of children, not wrongfully seized but certainly unjustifiably retained, and the other imposes the condition of a confession of guilt to shaking one of those children, the impasse is inevitable and irrevocable. A Court Judge will have to determine which set of good people warrant the award because they are associated more fundamentally with what is true. May God have mercy on us!
TODAY AT 1:30 PM IN CHILLIWACK COURT HOUSE JUDGE CRABTREE WILL RULE ON THE BAYNE APPLICATION FOR THE IMMEDIATE RETURN OF THEIR TWO BOYS.