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Freedom of Religion - Part 3


• Can a noncustodial parent who is a member of the Baptist faith be required, during periods of visitation, to arrange for his minor child's attendance at the Roman Catholic church in which she was being raised by her mother? Yes, concluded an Illinois appeals court. The father argued that the trial court's order, insofar as it directed him as the noncustodial parent to take his daughter to a Roman Catholic church and not to his Baptist church violated his constitutional right to religious freedom. The court, in rejecting this claim, noted that the father was not required to "observe the laws of the Roman Catholic church, but only (1) to make the transportation arrangements for his 7-year-old daughter to fulfill her religious obligation when it falls during his visitation periods; and (2) not take the daughter to religious services other than those approved by the custodial parent. ...

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