Family's Religion Must Match School?
There's a story making the news about a judge who included in a divorce agreement the terms that the child is not to be taught the family's religion, specifically, "non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals." The family is Wiccan, but this issue really isn't about the specific religion. The judge stated that because the child went to a Catholic School, he would be too confused learning one set of beliefs at home, and another at school. So school got priority.
Now, when my children were in school, they often got one set of beliefs at home, and one at school. There were times when their teachers said untrue and negative things about their religion, tried to force them to violate a religious rule, or threw out homework that mentioned their religious beliefs because they spoke of something the teacher disliked. There were times when the teacher's beliefs simply violated my own personal beliefs.
If such a ruling were upheld, every parent who did not homeschool completely and without government help would lose the right to guide their child's thinking. The thought police would come to live in our homes. Would children be trained to report to their teachers what their parents were teaching them, as Hitler required children to do? Would the government then be forced to stop blaming parents whenever a child didn't turn out right? Would every parent be mandated to teach only atheism at home? Would churches be closed to children?
Scary picture this story paints of our nation. Our constitution will certainly hang by the oft mentioned thread should this judge get away with deciding school gets to choose a child's religion.