In Satanist’s Custody Battle, Law May Play Devil’s Advocate

“The T in Satan’s name inked on Jamie Meyer’s left leg is drawn to look like an upside-down cross. The crucifix suspended above his bed hangs upside down too. Meyer’s ex-wives say he also has turned their children’s lives upside down since he joined the Church of Satan-an organization that eschews spirituality and celebrates man’s selfish desires. One of Meyer’s ex-wives is citing his religious affiliation as the main reason an Indiana judge should restrict his visitation time to allow his three youngest daughters to attend Christian church. A Fulton County judge could decide the case Wednesday. “My children are my legacy,” said Meyer, 30, a factory worker. “It is because of them that I am still here today. I will always fight for my rights as a father.”

Across the nation, child-custody disputes involving religion are on the rise as the frequency of interfaith marriages and religious conversions increases and fathers become more active in their kids’ upbringing. Judges risk crossing the line between church and state, experts say, if they try to choose the religion in which a child should be raised.”

(via Chicago Tribune)

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  1. “Judges risk crossing the line between church and state, experts say, if they try to choose the religion in which a child should be raised.?

    That sounds like a good reason to not accept any cases on this topic. Stop handing the State all your power and the State will have less power. Work it out between yourselves and know that somebody’s going to not get 110% of what they want.

    If kids can survive secular school five days a week and then Super Magic Superstition Time for an hour on Sunday, they can survive other memetic dissonance. Mommy’s a Christian and Daddy’s a Satanist? It’s a nontroversy, as we say in the Church of the SubGenius.

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