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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  • Other, please explain

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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
    I find it very odd that you think he is mature enough to make such an important decision.
    He went and made this decision on his own, regardless of what I or his mom thinks or the fact that we drag him to church every week. However, we did get him to finally stop trashing Sunday school rooms, which is a good thing.

    I find it amazing that you think a parent can make such a personal decision for their children. All they can do is try to influence them to go in what they believe is the right direction and hope the kid adrees.

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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
    He went and made this decision on his own, regardless of what I or his mom thinks or the fact that we drag him to church every week. However, we did get him to finally stop trashing Sunday school rooms, which is a good thing.
    What exactly did he say when he made this 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 Mellie View Post
    I'm curious to hear your 5 year old's reasoning for not believing in God.
    If option 1 is Catholicism and option 2 is Judaism, then choosing not to believe in God means this 5 year old is typical of children born of mixed parents in that they generally do not respect either faith.

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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
    I find it amazing that you think a parent can make such a personal decision for their children. All they can do is try to influence them to go in what they believe is the right direction and hope the kid adrees.
    When did I say a parent can make that decision for a child? I completely agree with you.

    Except for the fact that you think a kindergartner understands the complex world of faith, consequence and spiritual beliefs.


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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
    What exactly did he say when he made this important decision?
    I do not believe I was present when he made the decision. But the words "God is not real" "Jesus is not real" and other similar things have come out of his mouth multiple times.

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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
    I do not believe I was present when he made the decision. But the words "God is not real" "Jesus is not real" and other similar things have come out of his mouth multiple times.
    Those are signs that he is not socialized into either faith. They are not signs that he made an affirmative decision to be Atheist.

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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 Jerry View Post
    Those are signs that he is not socialized into either faith. They are not signs that he made an affirmative decision to be Atheist.
    Not to mention he might be hearing that at school or on television. Thinking that a 5 year old can make that decision on his own is beyond ridiculous. They're not little adults. They're KIDS.


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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
    When did I say a parent can make that decision for a child? I completely agree with you.

    Except for the fact that you think a kindergartner understands the complex world of faith, consequence and spiritual beliefs.
    How well he understands it is irrelevant. He has made a decision on what he believes is a sound basis.

    To answer your question, it probably has to do with it being 1:15 AM here and me putting other statements you posted together to make me believe that you did in fact post that.

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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
    Not to mention he might be hearing that at school or on television. Thinking that a 5 year old can make that decision on his own is beyond ridiculous. They're not little adults. They're KIDS.
    Well your opinion of its validity is not important. It has happened. Personally, I figure he is going to change his mind several times as he gets older. We all do. However, as it is right now, he is very committed to his belief.

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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
    How well he understands it is irrelevant. He has made a decision on what he believes is a sound basis.

    To answer your question, it probably has to do with it being 1:15 AM here and me putting other statements you posted together to make me believe that you did in fact post that.
    How well he understands is everything.

    And I don't understand the second part of this post.


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