Dad’s Morning Brew Feb. 16
OK, I’m going to admit some bias here. I’m a Catholic, and I’m a dad. And this dad is facing hot holy water for taking his daughter to a Catholic church. But this story really has so many problems in my opinion. First, the couple here agreed to raise their daughter in the Jewish faith, even though the father was Catholic. That’s fine. Lots of people make those types of decisions and how parents raise their children religiously or not is their business.
But here’s the problem. They are divorced now. That means they aren’t raising their children together any longer. To me, that means all bets are off regarding prior decisions made when they were a couple.
If the woman wants to raise her daughter in the Jewish faith, she should. That’s her faith and her child should be exposed to that and learn about its basic principles and values. But now that they aren’t making decisions together any longer, he should be able to raise his daughter as he sees fit as well. And if that means he wants to expose her to Catholicism, then what’s wrong with that?
Finally, it sure seems to me the judge’s ruling in this case is a clear violation of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom. The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” So while the judge isn’t Congress, he certainly seems to be restricting the free exercise of this guy’s religion, a basic tenet of our country’s founding principles.
I’d love to hear your opinions.