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Submission + - Atheists not allowed to adopt children ( 4

gollum123 writes: "From Time, After six years of childless marriage, John and Cynthia Burke of Newark decided to adopt a baby boy through a state agency (,9171,877155,00.html ) . John Burke, an atheist, and his wife, a pantheist, left the line for religious affiliation blank on the forms. Superior Court Judge William Camarata raised the religious issue. Inestimable Privilege. In an extraordinary decision, Judge Camarata denied the Burkes' right to the child because of their lack of belief in a Supreme Being. Despite the Burkes' "high moral and ethical standards," he said, the New Jersey state constitution declares that "no person shall be deprived of the inestimable privilege of worshiping Almighty God in a manner agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience." Despite Eleanor Katherine's tender years, he continued, "the child should have the freedom to worship as she sees fit, and not be influenced by prospective parents who do not believe in a Supreme Being." Two weeks ago, aided by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Burkes appealed directly to the New Jersey Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case. If they fail in their appeal, Eleanor Katherine may have to leave the only family she has ever known and await adoption by another couple whose religious convictions satisfy the State of New Jersey."
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Atheists not allowed to adopt children

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  • I know /. is supposed to be "news for nerds" but this is definitely "stuff that matters". It is worrying to see the US turning into a theocracy, and if the Supreme Court confirms the judgment, then the US are no different from sharia-abiding regimes in the Middle-East.
    • by rolfc ( 842110 )
    • On the contrary, the U.S. lost the bet of turning into a theocracy during the beginning of the last century. This case is the exception to the judicial rule of the past three decades. If theocratists were in control, abortion would still be illegal, gays wouldn't be getting married in N.H. or Mass. and prostitution and gambling would have been outlawed before "Leave it to Beaver" filmed it's last episode. Check your facts, bub.

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