Here It Comes

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  May 26, 2005 — 2 Comments

Isolated incident or muscle flexing by the religious right?

Check out this article from the Indianapolis Star:

“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.”…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.

You got that? Both parents are Pagan. Both want to teach their son about their beliefs. Why the ban on their “non-mainstream” faith? Because their son is enrolled at a Catholic school.

“There is a discrepancy between Ms. Jones and Mr. Jones’ lifestyle and the belief system adhered to by the parochial school. . . . Ms. Jones and Mr. Jones display little insight into the confusion these divergent belief systems will have upon (the boy) as he ages,” – Domestic Relations Counseling Bureau, which provides recommendations to the court on child custody and visitation rights.

So lets say the best school in the area is a private Catholic school. You and your spouse although not Catholic are wanting the best education available, so you send your child there never imagining that it would someday be used to against you by a narrow-minded, ill-informed judicial system. There is NO mention of emotional or physical abuse in the article (and believe me if it was mentioned it would have been reported), just a difference of religion.

If this stands. You better be careful how many faith traditions you expose your children to. This is an outrage. An outrage that will most likely be ignored by all those God-bloggers and religion reporters who don’t mind a little persecution so long as it isn’t happening to them. How many dead canaries in the coal-mine do we need before there is a problem?

Jason Pitzl-Waters

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