Court bans father from taking son to church because ex-wife is Muslim

gavelOn Sunday, Breitbart.com reported that a British father was banned from taking his son to church because his ex-wife is Muslim.  The father, unidentified due to legal reasons, was also ordered to feed the child only halal food and must tell him he is a normal Muslim boy.  Worse yet, the father cannot take the boy to any Christian functions or even to a Christian building.

He could lose custody of the boy if he violates the ban, Breitbart added.

The father, Breitbart said, “was raised as a Muslim by his strict Pakistani immigrant parents” but left Islam and said he and his wife enjoyed a “Westernized” lifestyle.

Breitbart added:

Following his divorce he has been forging close connections to his local Christian community and would like his son to attend with him, hoping to broadening his world-view. But his ex-wife has secured a court order by District Judge Williscroft at Derby County Court, preventing him from taking his son to church or even to the leisure centre it runs.

“After my divorce, the Christian community embraced me,” the father said. “They run many activities my son enjoys so I go to the church and would like to take my son.

“I was taught that Christians were heartless and immoral, that only Muslims have a peaceful faith and all others are evil. It was only when I began mixing with Christians that I learned this was nonsense.”

The ex-wife, however, says the boy will become “confused” if he’s exposed to any other religions.  The father says the judge is simply afraid of being called an “Islamophobe.”

“He is being fed the same lies I was as a child and I want better for him. This judge was so busy being politically correct that she has ignored the influence of myself as a loving father,” he said.  “I am terrified that he will stop wanting to see me because of his indoctrination.”

Christian groups have condemned the order, Breitbart added, calling it discriminatory to Christians.

“This is a form of judicial bullying,” said barrister Andrea Williams of the Christian Legal Centre and a member of the Church of England General Synod. “The wife is using the law to coerce and silence a father’s right to determine his son’s religious experience. This chimes generally with what we see with the judicial system acting as if it is afraid of upsetting Islam and therefore showing a willingness to suppress the Christian faith and punishing those who practice it.”

Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute agreed, saying it’s not the first time he’s heard of this happening.

“One has to ask if the courts would have done the same with any other faith. There is a general feeling that Christianity is an easy target because there is rarely any public backlash,” he said.  “I think the fact that the father is himself of Muslim heritage shows there was no need for such over-sensitivity.”

The only question now is, how long before this insanity starts happening in the United States?


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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