View Poll Results: Should a divorce court be able to forbid one parent to take a child to church?

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  • Yes they should be able to favor one religion in a divorce dispute

    13 20.00%
  • Each parent should be allowed to expose the child to their respective faiths

    26 40.00%
  • The court should butt out of disputes of a religious nature

    18 27.69%
  • The parents should have thought of this ahead of time.

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    Re: Should a divorce court be able to forbid one parent to take a child to church?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    Kids shouldn't be in charge.
    Yes, when it comes to following many rules, this is true. Kids should be made to pick up their room or to eat their vegetables. When it comes to which religion they prefer, they will decide on their own regardless of what the parent does or thinks.

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    Re: Should a divorce court be able to forbid one parent to take a child to church?

    The child should be the one to decide. If the child is too young to choose, both parents should be allowed to expose the child to their respective religion until the child is deemed old enough to make the choice them self.

    Baptisms and other religious traditions should be postponed until the child chooses his or her religion.

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    Re: Should a divorce court be able to forbid one parent to take a child to church?

    Kids aren't mature enough to choose a religion especially when each parent has a different religon and the kid is being forced to choose one parent or the other. It's the parents' job to make wise decisions to ensure that their children are well-adjusted.

    Do you also think the child should choose what parent he wants to live with when his parents get a divorce?


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    Re: Should a divorce court be able to forbid one parent to take a child to church?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    The child should be the one to decide. If the child is too young to choose, both parents should be allowed to expose the child to their respective religion until the child is deemed old enough to make the choice them self.

    Baptisms and other religious traditions should be postponed until the child chooses his or her religion.
    Waiting until they're adults defeats the purpose.

    Wait until the child is finished socializing into society so that they can choose for themselves how they will be socialized into society while growing up....you're not making any sense here.....but at least you aren't one the parents who ****ed up this child's life.

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    Re: Should a divorce court be able to forbid one parent to take a child to church?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    Kids aren't mature enough to choose a religion especially when each parent has a different religon and the kid is being forced to choose one parent or the other. It's the parents' job to make wise decisions to ensure that their children are well-adjusted.

    Do you also think the child should choose what parent he wants to live with when his parents get a divorce?
    Whether they are mature enough or not, they will do it anyway. Religion is not some social club you join because that's what your parents happen to believe or choose for you. It is always a decision that a person or child makes for themselves. Even people who follow a certain religion because that is how they were raised or tradition are making a choice.

    I have a 5 year old child who is a determined atheist, despite many christian influences coming from his immediate and extended family. There is no possible way I could have chosen that for him. It is simply impossible since I do not possess mind control powers.

    I think children should have input into the decision of which parent to live with. When my parent split up when I was in the 3rd grade, I was allowed to take part in those sorts of decisions. If my wife and I split up and my kids expressed a desire to either live with me or her, I would honor that decision.

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    Re: Should a divorce court be able to forbid one parent to take a child to church?

    Five year olds aren't mature enough to decide if they believe in God or not.


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    Re: Should a divorce court be able to forbid one parent to take a child to church?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    Five year olds aren't mature enough to decide if they believe in God or not.
    Yet he did. He might change his mind later on, but he and I have had many talks about this particular subject, so I know his thoughts on it.

    Sure they aren't as developed as an adult's reasoning, but it still happened.
    Last edited by tacomancer; 04-25-10 at 02:02 AM.

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    Re: Should a divorce court be able to forbid one parent to take a child to church?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Yet he did.
    I find it very odd that you think he is mature enough to make such an important decision.


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    Re: Should a divorce court be able to forbid one parent to take a child to church?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Yet he did.
    No he didn't, he gave an answer when pressured to do so but understands neither the context of either faith or the consequences of either option. He was pressured into blurting out an answer. He did not make an informed rational choice with a sound mind.

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    Re: Should a divorce court be able to forbid one parent to take a child to church?

    I'm curious to hear your 5 year old's reasoning for not believing in God.


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