It's happened again

Those of you who flinch at f-bombs might just want to click a link or open your bookmarks and go somewhere else until I post again, 'cuz it's about to get ugly up in here.

Remember how I went off on a 4th Circuit Court ruling about discrimination against non-Judeo-Christian religion? Well, fuck, fuck, fuckity, fuck fuck fuck, I'm pissed again, and perhaps even more than then.

Who the fuck does this judge think he is?

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.

Read it again to make sure that you got it. This isn't one parent asking for a court order against another parent, which, while it would be despicable, would at least be tactically understandable. No, this is a judge imposing this order on parents. He's decided that they are not to be allowed to teach their children the religion they follow.

What?

How did this asshat get to be a judge? Who does this fucker think he is to tell two parents--parents who obviously aren't fighting over religion even though they're getting divorced--that they can't teach their kid the tenets of their faith?

Take out the word Wicca and replace it with any christian sect and imagine the shitstorm that would follow. Replace it with Catholic, with Baptist, Episcopalian, Methodist, Mormon. Hell, replace it with Jehovah's Witness and you'd still get some clamor, even though they scare most of the other christian sects. Why? Because most religious people understand that the teaching of articles of faith is one of the most personal, private, family matters that exists. You just don't fuck with that.

But this guy did, and I guarantee you he did it because he thought he could get away with it because the parents aren't christian. And the scariest part of all this is that in this country, at this point in time, he just might. Not that that will stop the parents from teaching their kid about Wicca--you may as well believe in the Easter Bunny as believe that those parents will stop. But it's really sad that we've come to this point.

Let me point out one thing here--I don't know the religious beliefs of the judge in question. I don't know if he's an evangelical or an Dominionist or an atheist or just an idiot, but I know this much--he's not on solid legal ground here, and the appellate court better get this one right.

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