Seems a judge in Marion County, Indiana by the name of Cale J. Bradford issued a ruling in a divorce settlement that effectively bars either parent from teaching their son about their Wiccan beliefs, specifically it states that they cannot teach their child “non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals.” The parents, Thomas E. Jones Jr. and Tammie U. Bristol, are outraged and Mr. Jones has filed suit to try and get the ruling removed.
Jones has brought the case before the Indiana Court of Appeals, with help from the Indiana Civil Liberties Union. They filed their request for the appeals court to strike the one-paragraph clause in January.
“This was done without either of us requesting it and at the judge’s whim,” said Jones, who has organized Pagan Pride Day events in Indianapolis. “It is upsetting to our son that he cannot celebrate holidays with us, including Yule, which is winter solstice, and Ostara, which is the spring equinox.”
The ICLU and Jones assert the judge’s order tramples on the parents’ constitutional right to expose their son to a religion of their choice. Both say the court failed to explain how exposing the boy to Wicca’s beliefs and practices would harm him.
“When they read the order to me, I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding,’ ” said Alisa G. Cohen, an Indianapolis attorney representing Jones. “Didn’t the judge get the memo that it’s not up to him what constitutes a valid religion?”
So here we have what is clearly an activist judge going above and beyond his authority without even being asked and yet I can’t think of a single Republican Congressman who’s shitting bricks over this issue. Where are the angry calls for reigning in this obviously out of control judge from the Religious Right? Can you imagine the shit-storm we’d been in the middle of if this idiot had made that ruling and the religion in question happened to be Christianity? Someone needs to slap that judge upside the head with a rolled up copy of the Bill of Rights.