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Thursday, August 27, 2009

What if she was raised as an athiest?

Words fail me. Really.

LACONIA, N.H. — An Alliance Defense Fund allied attorney filed motions with a New Hampshire court Monday asking it to reconsider and stay its decision to order a 10-year-old home-schooled girl into a government-run school in Meredith.

Although the marital master making recommendations to the court agreed the child is “well liked, social and interactive with her peers, academically promising, and intellectually at or superior to grade level” and that “it is clear that the home schooling...has more than kept up with the academic requirements of the...public school system,” he nonetheless proposed that the Christian girl be ordered into a government-run school after considering “the impact of [her religious] beliefs on her interaction with others.” (Has anyone considered the impact of this "marital master's" beliefs on those he interacts with?) The court approved the order.

“Parents have a fundamental right to make educational choices for their children. In this case specifically, the court is illegitimately altering a method of education that the court itself admits is working,” said ADF-allied attorney John Anthony Simmons of Hampton. “The court is essentially saying that the evidence shows that, socially and academically, this girl is doing great, but her religious beliefs are a bit too sincerely held and must be sifted, tested by, and mixed among other worldviews. This is a step too far for any court to take.”

The parents of the child divorced in 1999. The mother has home-schooled their daughter since first grade with curriculum that meets all state review standards. In addition to home schooling, the girl attends supplemental public school classes and has also been involved in a variety of extra-curricular sports activities. (So she isn't kept isolated from the public at large.)

In the process of renegotiating the terms of a parenting plan for the girl, the guardian ad litem involved in the case concluded, according to the court order, that the girl “appeared to reflect her mother’s rigidity on questions of faith” and that the girl’s interests “would be best served by exposure to a public school setting” and “different points of view at a time when she must begin to critically evaluate multiple systems of belief...in order to select, as a young adult, which of those systems will best suit her own needs.” (Why is this "...a time when she must begin to critically evaluate ..." anything? When I was ten, girls my age were just at the point of checking out Nancy Drew mysteries.)

Marital Master Michael Garner reasoned that the girl’s “vigorous defense of her religious beliefs to [her] counselor suggests strongly that she has not had the opportunity to seriously consider any other point of view” (At the age of ten what child should be doing this vis-a-vis religion?) and then recommended that the girl be ordered to enroll in a government school instead of being home-schooled. Judge Lucinda V. Sadler approved the recommendation and issued the order on July 14.

“The New Hampshire Supreme Court itself has specifically declared, ‘Home education is an enduring American tradition and right...,’” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Mike Johnson. “There is clearly and without question no legitimate legal basis for the court’s decision, and we trust it will reconsider its conclusions.”

Simmons filed his motions and supporting brief in the case In the Matter of Kurowski and Kurowski (Voydatch) with the Family Division of the Judicial Court for Belknap County in Laconia.

Found this at http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/

6 comments:

Mike in CT said...

I was thinking the same thing...

If she had been raised as an atheist, would the judge see fit to put her into a Catholic school?

Or if she had been raised as a Muslim?

Outrageous!

Jake said...

Sounds like the judge has removed this impressionable young girl from a "cult like" environment. Bravo. She should be exposed to the real world at some point.

Jake said...

By the way, it sounds like the father doesn't agree with the mom's teaching method. I am speculating on that, but if it is true...bravo to him and the courts for giving him the opportunity to have his daughter exposed to rational thinking.

Subvet said...

Jake, nobody who comments here on a regular basis will deal with trolls. We don't want to break any laws protecting the mentally incompetent.

Most Rev. Gregori said...

If it was me, I would take my kid and move to another state. Good God, is it any wonder that America today is like a powder keg on the verge of exploding?

Jake; there is no rational thinking being taught or coming out of our public education system.

Arby said...

Every day I wait for the knock on the door. I keep the HSLDA phone number in my wallet.

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