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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Arrogance of the Family Court

In previous broadcasts, I've told you about many outrageous decisions of the family courts. The people who want to get the government out of our private lives should turn their attention to the arrogance of family court judges, because that's where the most intrusive interferences with our private lives is taking place. In family courts, divorced parents have no parental rights over their own children; the judges think they can make all decisions. Parents who divorce may think they are just divorcing from each other, but in fact they are divorcing from their own children, and judges believe they can decide everything about the children. Their decisions are based on their own biases, but they wrap their decisions in a mantra called "the best interest of the child." The phrase "the best interest of thechild" originally meant that parents decided what is the child's best interest. But now judges instead of parents are making those decisions.

A few weeks ago, I told you about a family court judge who decided what church the child of divorced parents can go to. Now we have a new case in Nashville, Tennessee where a divorced mother was convicted of criminal contempt-of-court charge and faced possible jail time for baptizing her two children without the knowledge or consent her ex-husband and in violation of the judge's order. The father is a Methodist and the mother is a Presbyterian, and the dispute was over the age at which the children should be baptized. Who gave some judge, who doesn't know the children, the right to make that decision? The parents didn't agree about the proper age for baptism, but that's no reason to let a government agent decide and throw a parent in jail if she doesn't obey his ruling.

In a final ruling, the mother was not sent to jail. Maybe the judge finally realized that would be ridiculous. But it is clear that family courts have assumed far too much power. Parents should make the decisions for their own children, even if parents are divorced.

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