Craig Scarberry used to have 50/50 custody of his kids with his ex-wife, but a judge recently reduced Craig's access to his kids to just four hours a week. Why? Apparently, because he is an agnostic who doesn't participate in the same religious rituals as the mother. It seems that this judge decided that being an agnostic makes a person a poor parent who should have only limited access to his own children.
But remember, it's Christians who have the most to fear in America today because they are the ones being discriminated against.
CU: So, did the judge write in the ruling ... we showed it of course .. but I'm just so stunned by it. He really took the fact that you were agnostic into account? How does anyone even justify that? Did you get to contest the idea? Did you get to fight back on that?
CS: They did address my religion with me on several different occasions during the hearings. However, I never posed a situation for my children or ever forced my beliefs onto the kids. Matter of fact, they continue to go to a christian daycare. When I had joint legal I agreed to take them to Church functions such as the Mother's Day Choir. As well as allow them to go to church with my mother who attends on a regular basis, in addition to Church camp, those kinds of things. We were able to show that in no way, shape, or form do my personal beleifs and decisions reflect onto the children at all.
...I have put together and received a permit in order to protest outside the government office here on December 16th in order to stand up for equal rights and religious freedom that we all have here in this nation. It's not just a matter of agnostics versus Christianity or religion in general. If we allow them to be able to dictate what's preferred over another, who knows where this country will go?
I'd like to say that this case sounds like something is missing -- that there is some bit of information or some facts that we're missing that would make it all seem more reasonable. While this may be the case, the sad fact is that Craig Scarberry wouldn't be the first parent to run into serious custody issues simply because they aren't religious and that makes his story all too believable.
Imagine if Christians were commonly denied custody of their own children by judges who declared that attendance at Christian churches and maintaining a Christian education were contrary to the children's best interests. The outcry against such a violation of basic liberties would be incredible -- and the Christians would be right to be so upset. They are not upset, though, when Christian parents are benefiting from the same bigotry and discrimination aimed at atheists, agnostics, and parents who are simply apathetic about religion.