Monday, September 28, 2009
Court Orders Girl to Public School, Saying Mother's Teachings are "Too Religious"
A fascinating - and ultimately disturbing - case out of New Hampshire has a father using his child as a weapon against the mother post-divorce. Certainly nothing extraordinary there; I see the described situation nearly every day that I happen into a civil court where divorce matters are being litigated (whether they be juvenile matters, orders of protection, or other legal maneuvers that are ancillary to divorce proceedings).
What is interesting is the objection of the father. He doesn't want his child homeschooled by the mother. He thinks homeschoolers don't have enough social interaction and that will ultimately harm the child.
The judge found the 10 year old girl to be likable, socially developed, and intellectually advanced, testing well above her age-level.
He then ordered her into public school. (Guess that will bring her back to the pack, huh, judge?) The bottom line is that the judge found the mother to be too religious - and it was rubbing off on her child.
ASIDE: Where is NOW on this issue? Surely this is a violation of a woman's right to choose, right? Does it matter that she's choosing to educate at home and expose her child to religion? Isn't that a fundamental right?