Saturday, June 20, 2009
Sean Goldman Update
The week's news has been rife with the announcement of a psychological evaluation/interview of Sean Goldman who was abducted to, and continues to be retained in Brazil.
Hearing your son say he wants to stay in Brazil and the "claims" of an evaluator, instructed by whom no-one is clear on, must be tearing the guts out of his father, David Goldman from New Jersey.
Sean is now 9 years old and sure there are those who will argue, "Let him stay there, he's settled, he's doing fine!"
Phrases like that have been thrown at me over the years, including the great chestnut, "Emily's with her mother, that's the best place for her."
Insensitive, unfeeling, ill-thought and badly considered horse feathers!
I've thought this through on several occasions over the years and I agree with Josef Cannon, a man who had his daughter abducted from California to Ireland and then again, to the UK.
Josef is right - abductions should not be allowed to stand no matter what the time that has elapsed.
Less articulately, I personally feel it is a complete load of utter bollocks to argue a child can be legally separated from a parent due to the passage of time. Children have 2, and only 2, preminent people with whom they bond in their formative years - Mom (or Mum) and Dad. Sure there are brothers and sisters but parents are the most important for a child when growing up.
Sean's mom is dead. I'm sorry for Sean to have lost his mother at such an early age of his life, but that simply makes it all the more heinous to deny Sean his father for no discernible justification I can fathom.
On another level, the 11th hour stay by a Brazilian Federal judge, of Sean from being returned home to the US with his father to New Jersey smacks of legal gymnastics and skullduggery. The practice of law is like playing chess in the jungle - basic rules but beyond that only limited by imagination.
Psych evals are also like government statistics - you can make them say anything you damn well want them to say!
This tactic is nothing more than poverty stricken imagination seeking to manipulate a terrible situation in which a child is being hurt relentlessly by the separation from his real and natural and LEGAL father.
This shames Brazil to let it drag on so.
Bring Sean Home!
Posted by Emily's Dad at 12:47 AM