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“Thorny issues in prosecuting polygamist sect”

Read an April 14, 2008, Christian Science Monitor story describing the thorny issues faced by Texas authorities after more than 400 children were removed from the secluded ranch of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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“Movie-like custody case plays out”

A Minneapolis man petitioned for custody of his daughter after he split from his wife, and his wife converted to Old Order Amish. He learned his daughter would not continue school after the eighth grade, a common Amish practice. He won custody, but afterward his daughter disappeared, and was  believed to be living in an Amish […]

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“Religion Joins Custody Cases, to Judges’ Unease”

An Alabama woman ignited a bitter custody dispute with her ex-husband involving her only daughter after she embraced a more conservative kind of Christianity. In 2003 a judge awarded custody of the girl to her father, reasoning that her mother’s strict Christian practices were damaging the girl. Read about the case in a Feb. 13, 2008, […]

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“Supreme court turns away Oregon circumcision case”

An Oregon man who converted to Judaism wanted his son circumcised against his ex-wife’s wishes. In 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider the case. The state Supreme Court ruled that given the boy’s age a lower court should ascertain the teen’s own wishes. Read about the case in an Oct. 6, 2008, article from The Oregonian.

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