Constitutional Law

Dad Argues Taking Daughter to Church Shouldn't Be Considered Contempt

An expected court argument today may ratchet up the stakes in an unusual case in which a father has been forbidden to take his daughter to church.

In a move apparently intended to test the resolve of a judge who ordered him not to expose his 3-year-old daughter to Christianity, Joseph Reyes took her to church the other day. Now counsel for the second-year law student are arguing that he shouldn’t be held in contempt.

In a motion to dismiss a Cook County Circuit Court petition for adjudication of a criminal contempt citiation, attorney Joel Brodsky says that what exactly falls within the definition of the “Jewish religion” isn’t clear, according to a news release.

It also contends that a court shouldn’t be deciding about a child’s religious practices.

20/20 covered the case Friday and talked to the parents about their history and respective views about the case:

Earlier coverage: “Law Student Charged with Contempt for Exposing Daughter to Christianity”

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