Separation of church and state?

By | May 29, 2005

Apparently, some judges don’t take that whole separation of church and state to seriously: “A Wiccan activist and his ex-wife are challenging a court’s order that they must protect their 9-year-old son from what it calls their ‘non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals.’

“The Indiana Civil Liberties Union has appealed the stipulation written into the couple’s divorce order, saying it is unconstitutionally vague because it does not define mainstream religion.”

This is abhorrent! Who said that a judge gets to decide whether or not a certain religion is appropriate for a child? Isn’t that a parent’s obligation? And how dare a judge presume to discredit a religion becuase they consider it non-mainstream!

“Barry Lynn, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said judges cannot substitute their religious judgment for that of parents in regard to the upbringing of children.

“‘This is an absurd result, because in the eyes of the law being a pagan should be no different from being a Presbyterian,’ he said.”

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