Yes they should be able to favor one religion in a divorce dispute
Each parent should be allowed to expose the child to their respective faiths
The court should butt out of disputes of a religious nature
The parents should have thought of this ahead of time.
Other, please explain
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
Suppose for the moment that his conversion back to Catholicism is sincere. You are proposing to make the Judge, well, the judge of that. Think about that: The Judge gets to decide whether his profession of religion is sincere, so that he can judge whether the guy can expose his kids to the faith he professes. I have a problem with a Judge judging whether someone's profession of faith is sincere, because a Judge is incapable of doing so.
Really, this is one of the reasons we have separation of Church and State, after all.
Last edited by tacomancer; 04-26-10 at 10:42 AM.
I would go so far as to say that the Judge should dismiss any charges of contempt, on the basis of the first amendment.
You're assuming that the right answer to this question is that each parent has the right to raise the child by his/her religion. That's what we're debating in the first place.
My husband is Jewish. I was a practicing Catholic when we got engaged. We read several books about interfaith marriages. The books we read provided that kids didn't like being exposed to two religions. They worried that one parent would be mad at them if they chose the religion of the other parent. Some kids complained that they were so busy going to Temple on Friday's and Church on Sundays that they felt they had no time to hang out with friends and play sports. So we decided to raise any children we had Jewish, and that was a tough decision for me. (I'm atheist now.) So I sort of see the perspective of the mother in this case. If they agreed to raise their child a certain religion, I would feel betrayed if my separated husband changed his mind almost to spite me. I dunno.