Catholic Ex Wife looking rather holy.The players:
Dad. David Ryan, atheist. Plaintiff, represented by Ed Kagin of American Atheists.
Mom. Susin Bisig, Catholic (That’s her in the photo, wrapping herself around the cross, it would appear.)
The question: Where does Michael go to school, a Catholic School where both he and his mom want him to go, or to an academically equivalent public school, where his dad wants him to go?
This is a case being decided in Kentucky and pertaining to state constitutional law regarding religion. The case was effectively decided several years ago when the same issue came up in grade school, and the judge sent the family away telling them to keep the kid in Catholic school and wait until high school to make this decision. Again, the usual gambit: The religion presumption, the religious fall back, the religious default.
This is a tricky case, because neither option is especially bad. This isn’t an evangelical school where religion will be shoved down this child’s mouth every few minutes. (It would be intersting to know what the life science classes are like at Saint Xavier’s!)
This is not a case where parochial schools are clearly inferior to or superior to public schools in any of the usual measures.
The father’s argument is that the child will be forced to consume religious training of some sort. An additional argument being maid for the plaintiff is that the child will be indoctrinated into a system that insists that his father’s beliefs are immoral. That is a a fairly powerful argument, I would think.
This is why atheists should not date or marry religious people.
Anyway, the reason that I bring this all up is that the case is now in the courtroom of Judge Freeley (again) in Oldham County Family Court and will be decided, most likely, some time this month.
Source, and a place for you to comment, here.
(Hat tip: Joe)