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Child  Protective  Service
can  be  a
Monkey  Trap

Rayman Nonnatus

Monkey Calls His Lawyer

   This article has to do with teenagers who are unruly as defined by Deuteronomy 21:18.

   This article is not about young children.

Deuteronomy 21:18 "If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: 19. Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; 20. And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard."

The Monkey Trap

   There are several versions of the monkey trap. Some traps are made of coconuts or gourds. In India, a bamboo cage is used. In the picture, a jar is used.

Some of the information below is taken from

How to Spot a Monkey Trap - and Avoid It
by George A. Ricker

   "In parts of Asia, and other places in the world as well, indigenous people use a method for trapping monkeys that is simplicity itself. To make the trap, you must first hollow out a gourd, leaving an opening just large enough for a monkey’s open paw to go through. Place a sweet treat—or some other food monkeys are partial to—inside the gourd, then attach a vine to the gourd and stake the other end of the vine to the ground somewhere out of sight.

   An unsuspecting monkey smells the treat inside the gourd and reaches in to collect it. However, the opening, which was just large enough for the critter’s open paw to go in, is too small to allow its clenched paw to pass back through. No matter how much the monkey yanks, he cannot escape as long as he tries to hang on to the treat.

   Meanwhile, the hunter who set the trap comes along, collects the monkey, and, presumably, heads back home in search of a cooking pot and a fire. There will be monkey meat tonight."

A ‘values’ trap

   The trap works because the monkey is focused on obtaining the food inside and doesn’t understand that the price of trying to obtain that particular morsel will be its own freedom, its own survival. Monkeys are programmed by evolution to forage and grab food wherever they find it. It’s not that the monkey is stupid. It’s just that letting go seldom occurs to it.

   Somehow, the image of the monkey, desperately yanking and hauling, trying to pull free but still clutching that handful of food as the hunter approaches closer and closer, has stayed with me through the years. The monkey is caught by its own rigid values, not by the physical structure of the trap.

   And before you start complimenting yourself on your own superiority as the representative of a more evolved species, you might want to rethink your assumptions. People get caught in monkey traps all the time. I’ll bet the streets of any major city are full of them. You may have been caught by one or two yourself. I know I have.

   Usually the traps that catch us are more subtle. After all, people are smarter than monkeys. Aren’t we?

The Child Protective Services Monkey Trap

   Child Protective Service (CPS) kidjacks a child. (The Banana) and places him in their custody. (The coconut, jar, cage or other bureaucratic jail.) The parent wants his child back and is made into a monkey by CPS.

   The monkey calls his lawyer who really can't do much since under the legal doctrine of parens patriae.* the State is the legal parent and owner of the child, NOT the mother and father. Mom and dad only had custody.

*Custody: The care and keeping of property (real and personal). Custody is not ownership. That is why the mother and father are said to have custody. The children belong to the State. For an explanation listen to An introduction to George Gordon 4/8.

   In a futile effort to get the child back, the monkey is made into even more of a monkey by being 'asked' to submit to expensive psychological tests and counseling by CPS. (CPS Case Workers will 'recommend' the counselors and object to your seeking independent tests or therapy.)

   CPS asks the monkey to sign away any privacy rights to the results of the slanted psychological tests and agency selected therapists. Using the biased test results and various allegations CPS gossips about, slanders and libels the parents and other relatives to other authorities and counselors. This biased information is trusted by the counselors and Juvenile Courts who recommend further therapy before returning the children. CPS hides this villainy under the very same privacy laws. If the monkey asks, "What do you have against me?" The answer is, "Well there are some 'red flags' and 'concerns'." Said 'red flags' and 'concerns' are never explained to the monkey because "that is private".

   Unfortunately, with young children all the parents can do is (2) kowtow until the child is returned and (2) have an attorney involved to see to it that the child is eventually returned.)

Sometimes the only way to win
is to refuse to play the game

   Of course, the easiest way to avoid a monkey trap is not to take the bait at all.  Having taken the bait, the second strategy is to learn to quickly identify the situation for what it is and get out of it. A third approach, one that only works if you have some time and money, is to beat the trap.

   More from the article mentioned above: "The monkey, if he has the time and brainpower to work on it, will realize that by turning the jar up side down he can dump the banana on the ground and take it with him. (Leave town as did Joseph and Mary. Matthew 2:13) It depends on how quickly the monkey can analyze the situation—and how rapidly the hunters are closing in—whether or not that strategy will be successful. But it’s the rare monkey who can beat the trap. (Deuteronomy 28:32) Most monkeys don’t see that answer, which seems so obvious to us."

To get your banana,
take your hand out of the jar
and turn the jar upside down

   If the banana is an unruly teenager, (Deuteronomy 21:18) if the parent will let go of the banana by informing CPS that, "In that case, you feed, cloth and house them. You pay their medical bills. You educate them. If they misbehave you discipline them. And if you keep them away from my divorced spouse I will celebrate not having to pay child support. And I have a substantial life insurance policy on my children. If they come to any harm in your care I will use that money to sue you, the caseworker, personally. (Most CPS agencies have Sovereign Immunity.) And I am not going to give up my Constitutional Right to privacy or unreasonable search and seizure by signing your papers or seeing your shrink or taking your parenting classes. Have a nice day." (Deuteronomy 28:41)

   The trap works because the monkey (mother-father) is focused on obtaining the food (child) inside and doesn’t understand that the price of trying to obtain that particular morsel will be its own freedom, and its own survival. (And he will not get the banana.) Monkeys (mothers and fathers) are programmed by evolution to forage and grab food (have children) wherever they find it.

   It’s not that the monkey is stupid. It’s just that letting go seldom occurs to it. The monkey is caught by its own rigid values, not by the physical structure of the trap.

   A father and his unruly teen age son were walking along the roadway. They got into an argument. The boy hit his father. Bystanders called the police. CPS took custody of the boy. The father said, "You can send him back when he decides to behave." The father got on with his life by refusing to play the Monkey Trap game. Deuteronomy 21:18


What GOOD Parents and Grandparents Must Know About Child Protective Services NOW Before It Is Too Late! Click Here.

The Modern Day American Family in Deuteronomy 28 as Prophesied by Moses in the Bible. Click Here.


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