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Judge Jeanine Weighs in on Case of Tennessee Mother Facing Jail Time for Baptizing Kids

A Christian mother from Tennessee is facing criminal charges and possible jail time for baptizing her two children, soon to turn ages five and seven, without the consent of her ex-husband. The husband did want the children baptized, but he did not want them baptized at such a young age. He wanted to wait until they could better understand the meaning of the ceremony.

Judge Jeanine Pirro joined Fox & Friends to discuss the case and what will happen to the mother. Pirro said that the courts are deciding whether they should enforce a court order or leave the case alone because it's religious issue in which the legal system should not be getting involved.

What angered the court, Judge Jeanine said, is that the mother did this “surreptitiously without telling the father, she did it in a way where she knew he did not want them baptized at a younger age, so even though he would have had them baptized, now he wants her in jail. And guess what, the court said ‘absolutely, there should be a criminal contempt hearing' because she violated an order of the court.”

Judge Alan E. Highers of the Tennessee Court of Appeals issued a statement saying, “[The] mother is correct that courts ‘must maintain strict neutrality in cases involving religious disputes between divorced parents’… However, simply put, this is not a religious dispute.”

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