Last week I wrote about a New Hampshire couple who had their baby taken from them 16 hours after she was born, based in part upon their political beliefs. This Tuesday Glen and I decided we had done enough talking about it and since they lived nearby, we made plans to attend the Oath Keepers protest at the courthouse while the hearing for the custody of the baby took place inside.
This was really the first time we participated in a protest, and Glen even made signs the night before for us to carry (seen below). The funny thing is, when we told Nemo about our plans, he asked if we could make a “stop the government” sign, so Glen incorporated his idea into one of his own and Nemo proudly carried it!
Why did we go? Because if no one stands up for the rights of the people, the government will continue to remove those rights one by one. Stating gun ownership and belief in the constitution as a reason to take one’s child away is a scary thing, and only a short few steps away from a socialist government.
While there we met some very nice people, they were all friendly, and there were other young children in attendance. Everyone was likeminded in demonstrating that the right of a person to carry firearms and participate in a political organization is not to be threatened by the government by punishment of child abduction.
Unfortunately we only made it to the second half of the protest, but by the time we left, the hearing had been called to a close and John and Stephanie had already left the building. Because of NH law they could not say what had taken place inside, but when we got home we started doing some research online and were delighted to find that their baby was returned to them!
We don’t know much about this family, so we have not tried to defend them. There has been a lot of talk about who John Irish is and why children would not be allowed to live with him, but then I learned some surprising facts that were leaked out. In a quick run down, this is what happened.
Last year, Stephanie and her two sons left her husband/their father and moved in with John Irish. The state found that John Irish had a history of physical abuse and removed the boys from her custody. This is why their newest baby was also removed from their custody.
But then it was discovered that the NH child protective service had made a boo boo – John Irish was not John Irish. There are two of them apparantly, and the John Irish we have recently come to know, although he does have firearms in his house and did participate in an Oath Keepers online forum, has no history of domestic abuse, compared to the other John Irish who does. The state got the two mixed up and removed three children from this household because they believed the children were in danger. Turns out, he’s a pretty harmless guy.
So now, I am VERY pleased with the result that the court decided to admit their fault and return the baby to her rightful parents. John and Stephanie are still trying to get custody back for the two boys, and perhaps since this has all come out the court proceedings will move more quickly on this case. We can only hope.
Here’s a video of the protest as well: