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

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

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  • The court should butt out of disputes of a religious nature

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

    What's your opinion? Here's the story:

    Divorce Battle: Joseph Reyes Pleads Not Guilty For Taking Daughter to Church - ABC News

    The parents are getting divorced and the wife is Jewish, the husband Catholic. The mother wants the child raised Jewish, the husband, not previously devout, got the little girl baptized, the mother got a restraining order, yada yada...


    A Chicago man who defied a court order and took his toddler to a Catholic Church service was arraigned today on a charge of indirect criminal contempt in a custody battle that is threatening to put him in jail and draw new boundaries in divorce cases.
    Father defies court order and takes his daughter to church.

    Joseph Reyes pleaded not guilty for allegedly violating a court order issued by Chicago family law Judge Edward R. Jordan who had barred Reyes from taking his 3-year-old daughter to church following a dispute over religion with his estranged wife. Reyes' wife, Rebecca Reyes, is Jewish.

    Reyes, a veteran of the Afghan war, made a motion to have his contempt charges heard by a different judge, a motion that was granted. He was arraigned before Judge Elizabeth Loredo-Rivera.

    If found guilty of indirect criminal contempt, Reyes could be sentenced to up to six months in jail.

    The next court date is on March 3, when Reyes is expected to file a motion to dismiss all charges against him.

    In a statement issued after the hearing, Reyes said, "There's a strong possibility I could end up in jail. It's really sad it's come to this."

    Reyes and his wife are in abitter divorce battle, and the question of what faith their child should be raised in is pushing the boundaries of child custody arrangements.

    Reyes' decision to baptize his daughter without his wife's permission resulted in what some are calling an extraordinary court order: Jordan in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., imposed a 30-day restraining order forbidding Joseph Reyes from, according to the document, "exposing his daughter to any other religion than the Jewish religion. "

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

    Very difficult question

    Which parent should have the right to determine the religion of the childern (up untill the age the child can determine for themselves of course)

    I would say the parent with primary custody should be the one to determine the religion of said child/ern.
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    Re: Should a divorce court be able to forbid one parent to take a child to church?

    I think that each parent should be able to take the child to his/her church when the child is in the care of said parent.
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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 lizzie View Post
    I think that each parent should be able to take the child to his/her church when the child is in the care of said parent.
    I totally agree. Both parents knew they were marrying, having sexual relations, and having a child with someone from a different faith tradition. Being adults, they have the responsibility to realize that a person, if not now devout, could easily return to their original faith.

    The Jewish religion says that a child born of a Jewish woman is a Jew. The Catholic religion demands that a child of a mixed marriage should be raised Catholic.

    The State should butt out, and each parent, during their time with their child, should be free to include their child in their worship activities.

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

    Whatever parent has custody of the child at any particular moment can teach any religion they like. There is no grounds to force a choice either way. It'll suck for the kid, but most divorces sadly do.

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

    What I am curious about is, why does a woman who denies the reality of Christian baptism care about the sprinking of water on the forehead of her child, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, something she disbelieves in?

    If it has no meaning, why is it so meaningful to her?

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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 MyOwnDrum View Post
    The State should butt out, and each parent, during their time with their child, should be free to include their child in their worship activities.
    Besides that, I think that exposure to more than one religion can be a good thing for people. It probably helps them be a little more open-minded in general.
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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 MyOwnDrum View Post
    What I am curious about is, why does a woman who denies the reality of Christian baptism care about the sprinking of water on the forehead of her child, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, something she disbelieves in?

    If it has no meaning, why is it so meaningful to her?
    It's probably more that she hates her ex, and it's a way to be spiteful to him.
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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 lizzie View Post
    It's probably more that she hates her ex, and it's a way to be spiteful to him.
    And he was probably sticking it to her by getting the girl baptized...

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

    Exactly. The child has become a stick for each parent to beat the other with. Damn shame.
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