Saturday, May 28, 2005

The Judge is a fool, but there's more then him involved.

The blogs are all abuzz about a judge in Indiana who ruled his parents cannot expose him to "non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals.". On the surface we can all sit back and laugh at a judge who is in hot water, but one section of the article interested me more and was worth checking out.
The parents' Wiccan beliefs came to Bradford's attention in a confidential report prepared by the Domestic Relations Counseling Bureau, which provides recommendations to the court on child custody and visitation rights. Jones' son attends a local Catholic school.

"There is a discrepancy between Ms. Jones and Mr. Jones' lifestyle and the belief system adhered to by the parochial school. . . . Ms. Jones and Mr. Jones display little insight into the confusion these divergent belief systems will have upon (the boy) as he ages," the bureau said in its report.
Now there is much to be said for this horrible "discrepancy" that the child lives under. Most of it involves me screaming four letter words at this "bureau".

So this bureau was the first to note this horrible issue and got the judge to rule against the parents, and the constitution. But when did laws ever get in the way of some people?

So this is what I found about the bureau. On the superior court website of Marion county, where the judge works. The bureau is described as such
Domestic Relations Counseling Bureau

The bureau provides child custody and visitation recommendations upon court request. The five-member bureau handled 576 cases in 1998. The cases are referred from juvenile, civil, domestic violence and Title IV-D (Paternity) courts. Parents, who pay for the service on a sliding scale, go through an initial hearing with a social worker to outline the problem. From there, the bureau meets individually with the parents and children over age 4. They also seek information from teachers, doctors and other counselors about the parents. Their recommendations are then presented to the court.
Now for my particular situation in life this says more then you think.

My wife and I are Mormon. Been raised Mormon since birth. During high school my wife went to a Church of Christ private school. Her and her siblings. They had required courses that were religious based and they were taught by some of the more ernest members of the faculty. My wife says she cannot count the times they tried to "save" her soul and were disappointed she stayed Mormon. They had a "poor thing" attitude when it came to her and her religion. In their eyes she was going to hell and they could not save her.

So for me reading this article I am intrigued by the possibility that one of two things occurred. The employee of the bureau that handled the case had issues with the parents religion and took the chance to "save" this poor boy, or the teachers at the religious school the boy went to put one over on the bureaus employee to try to "save" this poor child from his Wiccan damnation.

What is obvious is that the judge should have ignored the report when it came to the childs religious raising and school. The bureau should have dealt with solid facts and not some supposed possible issues that may arrise in the future.

Here is the Indiana code that was passed to create this bureau.

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