9/04/2009

Judge's statement on parent's extremist religious views is pretty extreme

This is a pretty amazing case:

A New Hampshire court ordered a home-schooled Christian girl to attend a public school this week after a judge criticized the "rigidity" of her mother's religious views and said the 10-year-old needed to consider other worldviews as she matures.

Ever since the judge's ruling came out in July, the case has aroused the interest of home-schooling groups nationwide, whohave asked why a court has the power to decide whether someone's religious views are too extreme.

The girl's mother, Brenda Voydatch, has engaged the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group based in Scottsdale, Ariz., to contest the ruling, in which the judge granted a request by the girl's father, Martin Kurowski, that the girl go to a public school.

On Tuesday, the girl, Amanda Kurowski, started fifth grade at an elementary school in Meredith, N.H., under court order. Amanda's "vigorous defense of her religious beliefs ... suggests strongly that she has not had the opportunity to seriously consider any other point of view," District Court Judge Lucinda V. Sadler said. . . . .

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Blogger AnonymousDoe said...

According to the Fox News version of the story, the 10-year girl's parents have been divorced since 1999. The judge simply sided with the dad on the choice of schooling.

What is amazing is the Alliance Defense Fund stuck their nose in a family divorce dispute.

The FoxNews story is here: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,545340,00.html

9/04/2009 3:11 PM  
OpenID edwardveiga said...

This is the sort of stuff you expect in a theocratic nation like Iran—the only difference here being, our government-imposed religion is Secularism. If you are religious, you better be ready for the shackles!

9/04/2009 10:35 PM  

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