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Freedom of Religion - Part 1

A federal court in New York ruled that a church-operated juvenile residential facility camp was not liable for the "unauthorized baptism" of a 14-year-old Jewish girl.

Key point. Older children have a constitutionally protected right to make decisions regarding religious practices, even if contrary to the religion of their parents.

* A federal court in New York ruled that a church-operated juvenile residential facility camp was not liable for the "unauthorized baptism" of a 14-year-old Jewish girl. This case addressed an important question of the extent to which churches can go to proselytize minors without the knowledge or consent of their parents. A single mother filed a petition in state court alleging that her daughter (Rachel) was a "person in need of supervision." A family court ordered Rachel to be placed in the temporary custody of a county agency. She was later placed in a residential facility maintained by the Catholic Church for the care and housing of minors who had been designated as "persons in need of care." Rachel's mother did not ...

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  • November 1, 2004

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