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.
Listen to the radio commentary here: