Sunday, January 18, 2009

Defending Adolf

Little Adolf Hitler has left the bunker!

From Anderson Cooper's 360 blog: A three-year-old boy in New Jersey named Adolf Hitler has been taken away from his parents.So have his younger siblings JoyceLynn Aryan Nation and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie. How could anyone break up such an obviously loving family?

But in an interview with a local newspaper, the father of the children says he’s not a racist. “A name doesn’t make a person,” said Heath Campbell. “My son is going to learn to love. None of my kids are going to have a bone of hate in their body,” he added. Heath is a dull name. Why don't you change it to FAIL!

When we contacted the New Jersey Department of Children and Services it would not comment on the case. However, it told us that children are only removed from their homes if they are in imminent danger and only after an allegation of abuse or neglect is made. It stressed a children (sic) is never removed because of its name. Although they may be rethinking that policy now.

Sgt. John Harris of the Holland Township Police Department told, "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." Well, I've never dealt with them, and I can think of several instances where he has been less than good with them.

The Fox story also quotes Forensic psychologist N.G. Berrill on whether 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." We're racist morons is a pretty bold statement, now that you mention it.

They also note that "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." No fair! Bullies need victims!

BBC News ran a piece on that particular example of parental incompetence in July of last year. Judge Rob Murfitt, in his decision, wrote, "The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgment which this child's parents have shown in choosing this name....It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap, unnecessarily." Just a note, the comments on the BBC piece are pretty funny.


  1. "I have been teased mercilessly from childhood to my adult won't believe the amount of times people have burst out laughing right in my face when they ask my name.."
    Craig Gogay, London, UK

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