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Can Atheists Be Parents?

Posted by Michael Dickens on August 24, 2009

Apparently, atheists are evil and can’t have children.

After six years of childless marriage, John and Cynthia Burke of Newark decided to adopt a baby boy through a state agency. Since the Burkes were young, scandal-free and solvent, they had no trouble with the New Jersey Bureau of Children’s Services—until investigators came to the line on the application that asked for the couple’s religious affiliation.

. . . 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.”

This is so utterly stupid that I don’t even know where to start. This judge is clearly so incompetent that he doesn’t understand the simple difference between the words “deprive” and “influence”. These sorts of people are actually in our government? I am disgusted.

P.S. There’s no reason to look at the date of this article. No reason whatsoever.

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One Response to “Can Atheists Be Parents?”

  1. LRFLEW said

    It’s called a lawyer.

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