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  • Friday, May 27, 2005

    A reminder of the First Amendment for Judge Cale J. Bradford

    Seems Judge Bradford is restricting freedom of religion in Marion County, Indiana. From the Indystar:

    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.

    If that weren't enough, Wicca is "mainstream" enough to be recognised by the U.S. miitary:

    Even the U.S. military accommodates Wiccans and educates chaplains about their beliefs, said Lawrence W. Snyder, an associate professor of religious studies at Western Kentucky University.

    A reminder for Judge Bradford: there is a document called the Constitution of the United States of America, and one doesn't even have to read the whole way through before one finds the following:
    Amendment I of the Constitution of the United States of America Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

    3 Comments:

    At 5/27/2005 09:26:00 am, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    There appear to have been a number of similar cases now such as this djeb. It certainly makes you wonder just how far off a theocracy America actually is.

     
    At 5/27/2005 02:59:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    As a whole, the country is very fundamentalist. However, I don't see a theocrasy coming in our lifetimes.

     
    At 5/28/2005 12:26:00 pm, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    Well, hopefully not, for the sake of Americans, as much as anyone else.

     

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