Misguided Jurisprudence

Court Orders: No Wicca for YOU!!

Judge: Parents can’t teach pagan beliefs
Father appeals order in divorce decree that prevents couple from exposing son to Wicca.

By Kevin Corcoran

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.

Through a court spokeswoman, Bradford said Wednesday he could not discuss the pending legal dispute.


Want to talk about freedom of religion anyone?

Some people have talked about an assualt on Christianity in the US over the last few years – pagans have been under assault since, well, since Christanity came about.

It should be about tolerance. Some people just do not get that.

(Hat Tip, Hildulf)

2 thoughts on “Misguided Jurisprudence”

  1. I would have less of a problem with this if the parent that had custody was upset because the other parent was teaching the kid some religion that the custodian did not agree with.

    When the goverment thinks that they can tell people what religion they can and cannot teach their children, as happened in this case, it really worries me.

    From my research, it seems that the case is going to the state Supreme Court, and it should be overturned.

    None the less, for a Judge to issue such a blantlay unconsitiutional ruling is – well – troubling.

  2. Heh. Actually pagans have been under assault since Christianity came to power. Before that Pagans were assaulting Christians.

    I have seen divorce rulings where one parent or the other was given the right to the child’s religious upbringing and the other side was barred from interfering with that. Those are problamatic in some respects, but at least defensible.

    When both parents want the same upbringing for their child I don’t see the courts having any right to interfere.

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