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September 24, 2016 / 21 Elul, 5776
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Parents in Court Demanding Visitation Rights Despite Being Nazis

If a person in this day and age espouses terrible ideas—is that enough for government to take their children ipso facto?
The Campbells outside NJ court

The Campbells outside NJ court
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Heath Campbell, 40, father to Adolf Hitler Campbell, 7, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, 6, Honzlynn Jeannie Campbell, 5, and Heinrich Hons Campbell, 18 months, was decked in a convincing—though historically mixed—Nazi getup, complete with knee-high black boots and swastika patches, as he attended a hearing in Flemington, New Jersey court, seeking to secure visitation rights to his youngest son.

Campbell, who also has a large swastika tattooed on his neck (for the beach?), was trying to win the rights to see little Heinrich Hons, who was taken away by social services shortly after he was born, in November 2011.

Adolf Hitler Campbell and two siblings had been taken into the agency’s care in 2009. The children have been put up for adoption and not seen by their parents in two years. A court denied the Campbells’ appeal to have their children returned last year.

In court filings, child services said the Campbell children were in danger because of violence in the home. Later, the parents were found not guilty of child abuse, but they still did not receive their children from protective custody.

Court records show that the oldest child, Adolf, made frequent threats of killing people. And, according to reports, Mrs. Canpbell once gave a note to her neighbor saying she was terrified of her husband, who was threatening to kill her.

Nazis are like that.

“I’m going to tell the judge I love my children. I wanna’ be a father, let me be it,” Heath Campbell told NBC10 before the hearing.

The Campbells, who say they are not neo-Nazis, made headlines in January 2008 when a supermarket refused to decorate a birthday cake for their son, decorated with the line “Happy birthday Adolf Hitler.”

“Basically, what they’re saying is because of my beliefs and I’m a Nazi, that us people don’t have any constitutional rights to fight for our children.”

Bethanie White, a member of his organization ‘Hitler’s Order’, was with Campbell at court – also covered in swastikas.

Asked whether dressing up as a Nazi was likely to help his case, Campbell was confident it would not be held against him: “If they’re good judges and they’re good people, they’ll look within, not what’s on the outside.”

Now, there’s a good question for y’all: if a person in this day and age espouses terrible ideas—is that enough for government to take away their children ipso facto? What if they endorse metzitza b’peh? What if they refuse to inoculate their children, or give them blood transfusions? Makes you think.


Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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