Divorced father ordered to attend church with children

Children|January 20th 2015

A father has been told by a judge that he could face contempt of court charges if he does not take his two children to Catholic mass at Christmas.

Despite the fact that the father, only identified as ‘Steve’ due to reporting restrictions, is “definitely not” a Catholic, he was warned by Judge James Orrell in a county court ruling that he could be sent to jail if he does not comply with the terms of the contact order.

The judge talked about his own Catholic faith during the hearing, The Telegraph reports.

Steve described this as “very bizarre” considering that his Catholic ex-wife did not even request that such a rule be included as part of the contact order. He claimed that the order infringes upon his and his children’s “freedom of religious expression”.

Although Steve’s oldest son “has already expressed a clear lack of belief”, he will still have to attend a Catholic service at Christmas. The contact order also allowed the children to stay with Steve on some weekends but, following this decision, he is concerned that he will “also be required to take them to mass on Sundays … even though that is not part of the original order”.

Later, Steve took his objections to the Court of Appeal, claiming an infringement of his Article 9 rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. This states that all people have “the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion”.

In 2013, President of the Family Division Sir James Munby said the courts take a “neutral stance” on religion. Despite this neutrality, Steve’s objections were not supported by the Court of Appeal or by the High Court in a later judicial review.

Photo by Alwyn Ladell via Flickr

Author: Stowe Family Law

Comments(3)

  1. Nordic says:

    What (in God’s name) were the High and Appeals courts thinking in allowing a family court judge to “ordain” people to go to church. This order should have been robustly overturned and the county judge given a PSO never to come anywhere near a family court again. If ever there was a case for keeping the ECHR, this is surely it. Imaging a future in which all that stands between you and a mad county judge, who has come to believe he is a king in a medieval court, are the home grown dinosaurs who make up our senior judicial. Scary!

  2. Luke says:

    This is why any man should look to avoid any contract (e.g. marriage) that has a significant chance of getting them anywhere near a court room – because some of the decisions made there are just straight acts of misandry – and this one tops the lot.
    The fact that this decision was not quashed on appeal boggles the mind and represents our judicial system in a shameful light.

    Seriously, can you imagine a Judge – any Judge – threatening a woman with gaol if she didn’t take her children to a church and a god she (and one of her children) didn’t believe in ????

  3. UntruthExposed says:

    The worst mistake men make is getting married. Worldwide, over the past 40+ years, marriage has destroyed hundreds upon hundreds of millions of men.

    Boys should be taught MGTOW, Red Pill and hypergamy at a very young age. Parents that encourage their sons to get married should be ashamed of themselves.

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