Indianapolis Judge: Parent’s can’t teach children their religion

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Wonderful; this local story is making national political websites. Now we look like total hillbillies in front of all of America. Thanks, bigots. Indianapolis judge, prevents parents from teaching their religion to their children. Just to be clear; the divorced couple are both Wiccans and both want their kid taught their religion, it’s just the judge preventing it. So I guess getting a divorce in Indiana entitles the courts to dictate how to live your life.

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.

  1. mykal

    Remember that this is because the child attends a catholic school, and officials are concerned that the conflicting religious messages would confuse the child.
    It’s still incredibly stupid. Anyone who wants to send the Judge a letter, reminding him about that whole freedom of religion thing, can do so here:
    Office of the Court Administrator :
    City-County Bldg
    200 E. Washington St T-1221
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    Cale Bradford: Room W-407, 4th floor, west wing. 327-4200
    On a lighter note – Check out this Live Journal post about shoe trees in Indiana!


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