(CHRISTIAN POST) – Europe’s top human rights court has agreed to hear the case of a Christian family that fled Norway after their five children were seized for months by the Scandinavian country’s controversial child protective services agency.

“Parents have the right to direct the upbringing of their children,” Robert Clarke, director of European advocacy for Alliance Defending Freedom International, which is representing the family, said in a statement. “Norway intervened in the family life of the Bodnariu family by taking the five children into state care without any compelling reason.”

The Bodnariu family is a Romanian Pentecostal family whose five children were removed over allegations that parents spanked their children in November 2015. The nonprofit legal group ADF International contends that the family’s religion also played some role in the removal.

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