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For pagans and for non-pagans who believe in the right to raise their children with their beliefs, this is a scary precedent. Mind you, this is NOT one parent against another. This is a judge telling BOTH parents they can't raise their child in the religion of their choice. (article first, call to action below):<br><br><br><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,157846,00.html" target="_blank">http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,157846,00.html</a><br>
Wiccans Ordered to Not Expose Son to Beliefs<br>
Friday, May 27, 2005<br><br>
INDIANAPOLIS - A Wiccan activist and his ex-wife are challenging a court's order that they must protect their 9-year-old son from what it calls their "non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals."<br>
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CALL TO ACTION: Please contact the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission in support of removing chief judge Cale J. Bradford from the Marion Superior Court in connection with his recent anti-Wiccan ruling.<br><br>
Send the following form letter to:<br><br>
Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission<br>
Ms Meg Babcock<br>
115 W. Washington St<br>
Indianopolis, IN 46204<br><br>
At the request of the family involved, please do not contact the judge Bradford directly. Thanks!<br>
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Dear Ms Babcock,<br><br>
Re: The Thomas E. Jones Jr. case and the disturbing ruling by Cale J. Bradford, chief judge of Marion Superior Court, to prohibit either parent from sharing their religion with their son.<br><br>
I am writing to ask that disciplinary actions be taken against judge Cale J. Bradford, for the following reasons:<br><br>
1. He has betrayed his vow upon swearing in to abide by and uphold the US constitution.<br>
2. His ruling directly conflicts with the amendment defining the separation of church and state, and is in breach of his responsibilities to the people of Indiana.<br><br>
As this arrogant ruling directly conflicts with existing constitutional rights, and since this judge has made a decision that defies the constitution, I, as an American citizen demand disciplinary action be taken.<br><br>
Sincerely,<br>
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for posting this.<br>
this is my city and my UU church minister wrote about it in our church newsletter. not sure what kind of action will be going down...but i was certainly scared to read it!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> Thanks for posting this.
 

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err, what does it being non-mainstream have to do with anything? i don't get it. that kind of bs pisses me off!<br><br>
but, i have to add that it seems like pretty non-biased reporting from fox news for once.
 

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WOW, is the judge going to try to have them burned at the stake too?????? WTH I thought simply by being an American we had the right to practice (and teach to our children) any religion.<br><br>
Could someone clue me in as to when they changed the Constitution?
 

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I just found this tonight, and the fox news link doesn't work anymore. Does anyone know what happened afterwards?<br><br><br>
~Nay
 

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The State Supreme Court overturned the judge's decision. The couple is free to raise their child in their belief system.
 

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Thank the Goddess someone had the ability to do the right thing in this case. What's really scary for me is that I was too afraid to write about it for fear they would come for my son next. Is that what I'm going to face if I continue to let him wear his Little Witchling shirt or his Witch In Training shirt. What has this country become.<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> You are kidding!!! WTF!!!! Why doesn't the US just throw out the Constitution becasue they seem to have forgetten it exists in so many issues now. I may not agree wiht Wiccan but I am pissed! I hope they appeal and as for the judge, he should be burned at the stake <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Judges think they can do whatever they please. I have a client who is pregnant with her 16th child. (She may have given birth last night. She was in labor when I left work.) The judge told her that it is against the law to have that many kids and if he has anything to do with it she will never get any of them back. Right now her grandmother is raising the first 13. The next 2 are in foster care. And she will be able to bring the newborn back to the drug rehab program I work at. Yes she has made lots of mistakes, but the judge has no right to say that to her. It is not against the law to have children. It is against the law to give birth to babies addicted to cocaine. But only the two year old twins were born addicted. This judge is just plan treating her wrong because he has issues.<br><br>
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Yay! I'm in Indiana and heard a lot about this when it first happened, but hadn't heard anything recently. It was beyond ridiculous, I'm glad it got overturned.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">: I'm not pagan, but that scares the crap out of me.
 

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From the FOX news story:<br><br>
"<i>The head of a conservative Christian group also sided with the Wiccans.<br><br>
"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 "</i><br><br>
Sometimes those right wing conservative Christians surprise me. Good for them!<br><br>
That story is just too weird. It makes me angry but, seriously, how could they <i>not</i> have overturned the judge's ruling??? It was just completely INSANE.
 
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