How’s that old expression go? “Anyone can make a baby, but it takes a real man to be a father.” True, powerful stuff. The oft-overlooked second half of it, however, goes on, “But it takes a really insane man to name his children after Nazis, then show up to a custody hearing in Nazi uniform.”
That’s what Heath Campbell, a New Jersey man famous for naming his firstborn son Adolf Hitler a few years back, did this week, in trying to win back visiting rights with his two year old Heinrich Hons. (The other two children are named JoyceLynn Aryan Nation and Honzlynn Jeannie).
NewJersey.com has more details on the ups and downs of his troubles with family court.
Campbell said on camera that he is a good father. When asked if wearing a Nazi uniform would hurt his case, he replied that it depends upon the judge. “If they’re good judges and they’re good people, they’ll look within, not what’s on the outside,” he said.
Good point. I think maybe in this case the judge is probably going to consider both. A swastika tattoo on your neck doesn’t necessarily prohibit one from being a parent, but it does prohibit you from being a decent human being. Then again, if we started taking away kids from every racist asshole in this country the group homes would be flooded.
According to the report, Campbell hasn’t held a job in years “because of medical and psychological disabilities.” Such as, maybe, just throwing this out here, being the type of guy who would wear a Nazi costume to court? He also can’t read, was married twice before, and has other children that he does not have contact with, each clause of that sentence being less surprising than the previous one.