According to WCVB 5,the parents are justifying their abuse as part of their religious beliefs and are asking for a religious accommodation.
In other words, 'because we are Christians, we are special. We deserve special rights that no one else is allowed.'"Our hopes are the justices will see that just because a family believes that spanking is (a) legit form of child discipline doesn't preclude them from fostering and adopting children," said Gregory Magazu.
Their lawyer argues the state's policy conflicts with the family's religious beliefs.
"The Hebrew and Christian scriptures tell us whoever spares the rod hates his son, but whoever loves him is diligent to discipline him," said attorney David Bodanza. "DCF is saying that Christians and Jews need not apply."
Massachusetts Couple Takes Foster Parent Fight to State's Highest Court | NECNA Massachusetts couple has taken their request to become foster parents to the state Supreme Judicial Court after being denied by a lower court.Melanie and Gregory Magazu want to become foster parents, but so far their request has been denied because they refuse to refrain from spanking their own child at home."I don't think the fact that we spank our children should automatically preclude us," Gregory Magazu said."There's a big difference between spanking appropriately and abuse," Melanie Magazu said.The state Supreme Judicial Court heard the case Thursday. The Fitchburg couple is challenging the decision by the Department of Children and Families to reject their application to become foster parents.A DCF attorney for the agency told the justices that the agency has a practice of not putting foster kids in homes were corporal punishment is practiced."The department does not always know what that child has seen or experienced and does not know always if that child will be able to distinguish between lovingly administered physical discipline and abuse," assistant AG Annapurna Balakrishna said.