26 May 2005

big brother tells you which religion to be...

A judge in Indiana has now told a couple who have amicably divorced, and have joint custody of their son, that they may not raise him Wiccan. You can read the entire article here Judge: Parents can't teach pagan beliefs.

The parents want to raise him Wiccan but the judge said no because The parents' Wiccan beliefs came to Bradford's attention in a confidential report prepared by the Domestic Relations Counseling Bureau, which provides recommendations to the court on child custody and visitation rights. Jones' son attends a local Catholic school. The bureau's logic is that Wiccan is not a mainstream religion.

Seems the boy's father went to a catholic private school but wasn't catholic and had no problems. Actually, a lot of kids go to private religious schools, even though they aren't a member of the religion, because the parents believe it to be a superior education. The main objection is that they want to raise him Wiccan.

Before people go off on the Wiccan beliefs as being devil worship, nude rituals, and witchcraft, read the article. It goes into great detail about the parents' beliefs. It also makes a point that even the US military trains its chaplains on Wicca.

I have not been able to find any information about the judge's background, if he is elected or appointed, if he is liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, etc., but I would like to hear his explanation behind this. I have one more question...

what would be his decision if they want to raise him athiest...?

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