If your parents are devout followers of a religious faith that you don’t observe, should you let them preach to your young children? Do your parents have a right to preach under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms?
The CBC reports HERE that a B.C. court has said “no” and “no” to both questions in a recent 12-page decision.
A four-year-old girl’s grandparents are devout Jehovah’s Witnesses who insisted on taking her to worship at Kingdom Hall, their faith’s place of worship, and school her thoroughly on the religion.
Their demands didn’t sit well with the girl’s mother! She didn’t want them to force their religion on her daughter.
The parents of the girl’s father (who was “disfellowshipped” from the faith, has little contact with his parents, pays no child support, and has no parental responsibilities – he’s essentially out of the picture) argued that forbidding them from expressing their religious beliefs to their family would violate their charter right to practice their faith.
They felt that they should be able to share their views, and allow her to decide “whether or not to participate in any religious practices.”
Mom asked the grandparents not to take the daughter to Kingdom Hall, but she found out that they were still making the trips. Grandparents claimed the daughter asked to go. She also discovered her daughter watching a Jehovah’s Witness video on one of their laptops. Grandmother insisted that the daughter had pushed “play” before having the chance to stop her.
The court pointed out that the grandparents are not the guardians, and therefore had no legal say in the child’s upbringing, and that the charter didn’t apply in this case.
Have you had to fend off ultra-religious parents while trying to raise your children in a way that differs from their beliefs? How do you handle family members who want to share their faith, whether it be Catholicism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, or belief of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, with you or your offspring?
At what age should children be introduced to specific faiths?