Wednesday, January 14, 2009

An Update on Lil' Adolf Campbell, Sad.

For the record, it is my opinion that both Heath and Deborah Cambell are GARBAGE. I'd love to describe further but I'm very busy at work these past few weeks. With that sad, "authorities" have removed little Adolf Hilter Campbell and his siblings from the care of their loving parents.

You might remember when I first blogged about the story here.

Again, the parents are garbage. However, pending more information - this seems to be kidnapping by the "authorities". I certainly don't agree with the names given and don't think very highly of the parents, but then if these kids were being educated, fed and were as "free" as our society allows kids to be, I don't see the problem.  I'll be following this story as I think it will say a lot about youth rights, parental rights and general freedoms and liberties.

I suppose it's a good thing I named my dog "Allie" and not "Asshole" because I'd hate for the SPCA to come kidnap my dog because of the name I chose for her. And I get it, dogs and humans are not the same - but the point remains the same - government authority has to end somewhere - based on the information available at this point in time, I'd have to say I think the government not just stepped on the line, but trounced on it.

The linked to FOX story is copied/pasted below:

A 3-year-old boy named Adolf Hitler and his two Nazi-named younger sisters were removed from their New Jersey home last week and placed in state custody, police said.

Adolf Hitler Campbell and his sisters, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, were taken from their Holland Township, N.J., home on Friday by the state's Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), Sgt. John Harris of the Holland Township Police Department told

Their father, Heath Campbell, is expected in court Thursday in Flemington, N.J., in connection with the case.

Kate Bernyk, a spokeswoman for the DYFS, said confidentiality laws barred her from commenting on the case or even confirming that the Campbell children were involved.

"DYFS has their reasons and they normally don’t release any information, so we kind of have to go on faith with them," Harris said. Police were not told what the agency was investigating.

"I’ve dealt with the family for years and as far as the children are concerned, I have never had any reports of any abuse with the children," Harris said. "As far as I know, he’s always been very good with the children."

Speaking generally, Bernyk said the state's "decision to remove a child is based on the safety and well being of the child and the risk to that child, and that decision is made in conjunction with the courts and the county family court judge."

The Campbells made national news last month when a ShopRite supermarket refused to sell them a birthday cake with Adolf Hitler's name on it. The story generated a slew of angry Internet chatter.

Forensic psychologist N.G. Berrill said naming a boy Hitler could be considered child abuse.

"Part of it is the infantile nature of the parents’ behavior," Berrill said. "You can name your dog something weird, but they think they’re making some kind of bold statement with the children, not appreciating that the children will have separate lives and will be looked at in a negative light until they’re able to change their name. It is abuse."

Last year, a New Zealand court removed a 9-year-old girl from her parents in order to change her birth name: Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. In that country, officials do not deem a name abusive unless it causes serious bullying.

Heath Campbell told the Easton-Express Times last year that he named his son after Adolf Hitler because he liked it and "no one else in the world would have that name."

A paper to be published in March in Social Sciences Journal by economists David E. Kalist and Daniel Y. Lee of Shippensburg University found that unpopular first names, when mixed with factors like a disadvantaged home life, can increase the tendency toward juvenile delinquency.

Lee told that Adolf and Hitler were not names they looked at for the study.

"Hitler most likely would be an unpopular name in the sense that not many people name their children with a name [like Hitler], but we didn’t particularly look at particularly bad names like that," he said.


ambrosiajr said...

Although, you could make the case that naming your son Adolf Hitler, and your daughter Aryan Nation could be construed as child abuse. A lot of parents name their children strange names withoug consequence...Moon Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, etc. But those names are not names of hate, whereas Adolf Hitler and Aryan Nation are.

I just bet there's more to this story than what we're reading about.

Eric Sedler said...

Definately more then just names.

At the end of the article:
"New Jersey officials said Wednesday that it is not just a matter of names.

"DYFS would never remove a child simply based on that child's name," Bernyk said"

Clearly, the parents did something even worse then naming their children after Nazi leaders. Not shocking at all.

Anonymous said...

I love when people with extremely limited information form fully fleshed out opinions.
Good for a laugh.

Son of Liberty said...

Can't wait to hear the real reason.

I really vacilate on this type of issue. I am repulsed by the idea of the government telling us how to raise our children.
On the other hand I often think parents should have to get a license before having kids because so many of them are freaking incompetant.
Then I realize that the government would just mess it up more.

a classic no win situation.

James Hogan said...

Anon - you are correct. I owe Heath and Deborah an apology. It is wrong of me to form an opinion that they are garbage based on the names of their children. It is possible, and in fact, likely, that their children were named after parents or grandparents as both "Adolf" and "Hitler" are common names as is "Aryan" and "Nation". Again, my apologies for forming an opinion about these parents, just as the authorities did, without looking into their family tree first. (Insert your own joke about tree here.)

As I said, I'll be following the story because as I noted and as Eric and Rick noted, there must be much more to this story, or at least I'd hope there is much more to the story.

Then again, as SOL noted, it's a no win situation that I'd be willing to bet will have a tragic ending at some point.