Thursday, May 26, 2005

Amazing

This is where it leads.

Atrios points to this: Link
An Indianapolis father is appealing a Marion County judge's unusual order that prohibits him and his ex-wife from exposing their child to "non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals."

The parents practice Wicca, a contemporary pagan religion that emphasizes a balance in nature and reverence for the earth.

Cale J. Bradford, chief judge of the Marion Superior Court, kept the unusual provision in the couple's divorce decree last year over their fierce objections, court records show. The order does not define a mainstream religion.

Bradford refused to remove the provision after the 9-year-old boy's outraged parents, Thomas E. Jones Jr. and his ex-wife, Tammie U. Bristol, protested last fall.
And just to be clear. This is not a dispute between divorced parents. This is a dispute between those divorced parents and the judge!

The judge inserted this provision into their divorce degree over the objection of both parents, after receiving a report from a state agency. The child attends a Catholic High School and is enrolled as a non-Christian.

Apparently, in our brave new world, one is no longer allowed to be a non-Christian, and certainly not allowed to raise a child as a non-Christian. Of course, in much of the fundamentalist world, Catholics are non-Christians.

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