Atheists not allowed to adopt in New Jersey

  • Delivis

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    Jan 14, 2008 5:44 PM GMT
    A judge in New Jersey recently refused to let two outstandingly qualified, and in his own assesment "[highly] moral and ethical" people adopt a child because they did not believe in a supreme being.

    A science blog entry on the topic:

    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/01/there_is_no_such_thing_as_a_go.php
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    Jan 14, 2008 6:45 PM GMT
    that wont stand
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    Jan 14, 2008 6:53 PM GMT
    well, if they wanted to have children maybe they should believe in god! Then he would uncurse their godless genitals.

    ahem...

    Thankfully this wont stand.
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    Jan 14, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    the original article seems odd. They said the first child is now 31? that must be a typo.

    What a weird case.
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    Jan 14, 2008 7:30 PM GMT
    Their first case with David was in 1971
    www.americanadoptions.com/adoption/article_view/article_id/2435?pg=1

    It was turn down, but then overturn?

    I guess they decided to adapt another one 30 yrs later

    www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,877155,00.html

    and got turn down again since they always come across as
    violating the right of children's freedom to religion.

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    Jan 14, 2008 7:32 PM GMT
    They're dumb. If they don't believe in a supreme being, then, they should understand that in this case, there are no consequences to lying. In fact, there's only a benefit. A kid gets adopted. I always thought it'd be fun to be called as a witness and have to swear on a bible. Them - "Do you solemnly swear..." Me - "um, HAHAHAHAHA!"
  • Squarejaw

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    Jan 14, 2008 7:35 PM GMT
    This judge has such a bizarre understanding of the first amendment that he should be removed from the bench.
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    Jan 14, 2008 7:40 PM GMT
    Jury-justice is dumbed in any way.... Why the ***** should someone with his own prejudges judge others.... I don't think the system we have here in the Netherlands is perfect(far from that) but we have qualified, trained judges( and i know a few) that are able to judge by Law, instead of feelings. Seems to me a lot better then a normal citizen calls something"the Law)
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    Jan 14, 2008 8:04 PM GMT
    in the Netherlands you have a legal system based on french civil law, it is much more logical (in my opinion at least) than the common law system used in the US. each has its own benefits and drawbacks, but in a case like this I think the interpretation the judge is taking of the law is incorrect. if only we could go back and rewrite that pesky amendment to be "freedom of and from religion" just to make it more clear for people.