I guess I should have expected this, but it seems that in Quebec, Canada, the rights of children now supercede those of their parents:
A 12-year-old Quebec girl who felt so strongly about her end-of-year school trip that she took her father to court after he forbade her from going is at the centre of a case that challenges the authority of parental discipline.
The extreme measure of taking the case to court, which the girl’s lawyer defended as a necessary move to ensure the child was not denied a significant rite of passage, was upheld by the judge in a surprise ruling last week.
Back when I was a kid we had no choice but to listen to our parents, though we often didn’t like it. And my kids did pretty much the same. Thankfully, they are too old to use this kind of tactic on me now.
Some wonder where it will stop: Critics of the decision last week by a Quebec Superior Court which ruled in favour of Ms. Fortin’s young client suggest that such a ruling opens the way for equally implausible scenarios such as children taking their parents to court for such things as being denied access to television or using the Internet — and winning.
"As a lawyer and as a parent, I think it’s state interference where the court shouldn’t be interfering," said Ottawa lawyer Fred Cogan. "I’ve got six kids. I certainly wouldn’t want a judge watching over everything that I do, and I wouldn’t want my kids being able to run to the judge."
We often wonder why society seems to be crumbling, and why youth seem to have so little respect for adults. Perhaps that occurs when courts rule that you don’t have to listen to them.
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