Talk about "activist judges" ... here's a family-values jurist in Indiana who has ruled that a divorced couple of the Wiccan persuassion can't teach their religion to their 9-year old son. CLICK HERE
According to the Associated Press, Judge Cale J. Bradford followed the recommendation of a court commissioner who presided over a custody hearing for Thomas Jones and Tammy Bristol.
A court commissioner wrote the unusual order into the couple's divorce decree after a routine report by the court's Domestic Relations Counseling Bureau noted that both Jones and his ex-wife are pagans who send their son, Archer, to a Catholic elementary school.
"Ms. Jones and Mr. Jones display little insight into the confusion these divergent belief systems will have upon Archer as he ages," the report said.
The divorce decree said "the parents are directed to take such steps as are needed to shelter Archer from involvement and observation of these non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals."
The commissioner who wrote that obviously knows nothing about Southwestern Indian tribes who have little trouble reconciling their traditional religions with Catholicism.
One little ray of hope here. The head of a conservative Christian group in Indianapolis actually is siding with the Pagans.
"The parents have the right to raise their child in that faith, just as I have the right to raise my child in the Christian faith," said Micah Clark, executive director of the American Family Association of Indiana.