Judicial Activism

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It’s one thing (a constitutional thing) for a private citizen to criticize another citizen’s religion, but this is entirely different . . . and unconstitutional:

An Indianapolis father is appealing a Marion County judge’s unusual order that prohibits him and his ex-wife from exposing their child to “non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals.”

The parents practice Wicca, a contemporary pagan religion that emphasizes a balance in nature and reverence for the earth.

Cale J. Bradford, chief judge of the Marion Superior Court, kept the unusual provision in the couple’s divorce decree last year over their fierce objections, court records show. The order does not define a mainstream religion.

Bradford refused to remove the provision after the 9-year-old boy’s outraged parents, Thomas E. Jones Jr. and his ex-wife, Tammie U. Bristol, protested last fall.

Let’s be clear about this: even though it comes in the context of a divorce proceeding, this isn’t about choosing one parental wish over the other parent’s wish.  This is the judge vs. both parents.

Wow, judges picking what are valid religions and what are not, over the objections of both parents.  And the Christofascists applaud.

Not to worry.  This will be overturned.