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megimoo
12-13-2009, 04:42 PM
Dad Barred From Taking His Jewish Baby To Church

Wife Says Taking Daughter To Christian Service Will Confuse Child

A father has been hit with an unusual restraining order: Keep his daughter away from any religion that is not Jewish. After the girl's parents split up, the father went to a Catholic church and had the girl baptized, CBS station WBBM-TV reports.

Joseph Reyes, 35, had his daughter baptized and sent his ex-wife a picture of the ceremony.

Rebecca Reyes says she only learned of her daughter's Baptism when Joseph sent her the picture, and that he sent it out of malice. Joseph Reyes denies this.

"I sent it because Rebecca asked me for pictures," he said.

Rebecca Reyes says dhe wants her daughter raised Jewish, and that her husband pledged to do so, even going so far as to convert to Judaism himself.

"That's not accurate," he responded. "I'm not going to call her a liar, but at the very least she's mistaken regarding that conversation."

But Rebecca Reyes says it's her estranged husband who made the mistake when he had their daughter baptized. In her petition, she argues that if he's allowed to raise the child in any faith other than Judaism, he will cause their daughter irreparable harm.

"I wouldn't harm my daughter simply to somehow spite my soon (soon)to-be ex-wife," Joseph Reyes said. "That's silly and ridiculous."

Reyes' divorce attorney, Joel Brodsky, said when he first saw the petition for a temporary restraining order against his client, he couldn't believe what he was reading.

"I almost fell off my chair," he said. "I thought maybe we were in Afghanistan and this was the Taliban. This is America. We have a First Amendment right of freedom of religion."

The restraining order asks the judge to bar Joseph from taking his daughter to church. According to the petition, failure to restrain him will "continue to the emotional detriment of the child."

http://cbs3.com/watercooler/Reyes.Jewish.Catholic.2.1365549.html

Phillygirl
12-13-2009, 05:56 PM
Inaccurate title to the article. He was not barred, but that is his ex-wife's request. She should lose, unless there is something here that isn't listed in the petition. Believe it or not, it's not as unusual a request in these cases as one might think.

samurai
12-13-2009, 06:37 PM
Inaccurate title to the article. He was not barred, but that is his ex-wife's request. She should lose, unless there is something here that isn't listed in the petition. Believe it or not, it's not as unusual a request in these cases as one might think.

No, he has already been barred by the judge's restraining order. His lawyer says he will appeal the order, but until/unless it is lifted, he is bound by it.

Phillygirl
12-13-2009, 08:22 PM
No, he has already been barred by the judge's restraining order. His lawyer says he will appeal the order, but until/unless it is lifted, he is bound by it.

Whoops, my bad. I didn't read the last line of the story apparently.

noonwitch
12-14-2009, 09:41 AM
We had a case in Oakland County, where a non-orthodox mom divorced an orthodox dad. The mom was originally given custody, but agreed to not drive on the Sabbath. She later got a new job that required her to work on Saturdays, and thus drive, and the father sued for custody due to her breach of the agreement and the judge gave him custody. It's currently being appealed.

I think that the judge might have ruled on this case for similar reasons-the dad agreed to raise the girl jewish, then he took her to a Christmas service. I think the mother is being petty and stupid, but she might still be legally in the right.