A Christian couple who had their foster children removed from their care because they did not teach that the Easter Bunny was real have won a court case in Canada.
Derek and Frances Baars had also been banned from fostering and adopting in the future by the Children's Aid Society (CAS) of Hamilton.
According to court documents, CAS claimed it was the duty of foster parents to tell children about the Easter Bunny.
The couple were urged to specifically teach about "the tradition of the Easter Bunny bringing chocolate Easter eggs."
CAS removed the children on a day's notice, an act which child experts told the court was a "potentially traumatizing event."
But Justice Andrew Goodman has now ruled in favor of the couple, saying their religious protections under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms had been violated.
He wrote in his decision: "There is ample evidence to support the fact that the children were removed because the Baars refused to either tell or imply that the Easter Bunny was delivering chocolate to the Baars' home.
"I am more than satisfied that the society actions interfered substantially with the Baars' religious beliefs."
Speaking afterwards, Frances Baars said: "We are very thankful for it, that we've been vindicated. Our names have been cleared, and we don't have that hanging over us anymore."
Dominic Verticchio, Executive Director of the Hamilton CAS, told a local newspaper: "We respect the decision of the court."
"I apologize for what the foster parents went through," he added.
The couple is now free to adopt and foster again.
Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.
Incredible Savings, Inspiration and Encouragement from CHARISMA:
- End Of The Year - Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!
- Big Discounts On Book Bundles & Gifts: Click Here to view all our bundles and save up to 72%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, and more.
- FREE eCourses by CHARISMA: Click Here to view all eight of our free courses. Topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
- Women Of God: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
- Prayer Changes Everything! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.