Thursday, January 03, 2008

Reversed 1970 Adoption Decision Is Circulating In Blogosphere As Current

The blogosphere is full of reports (example) on a Time Magazine article about a New Jersey couple that were found by a state trial court to be unfit to adopt a child because they did not believe in a Supreme Being. References to the article have been so widely circulated that it shows up as the number 1 most read on Time Magazine's website tonight. The only problem is that that article is from 1970 and the trial judge's decision was reversed by the New Jersey Supreme Court in 1971 (In re the Adoption of "E"). (The 1970 Time article indicates that the appeal is pending.) Many postings treat the article as current news, and the "most popular" listing by Time-- which is apparently generated without human intervention --adds to the misinformation. [Thanks to Scott Mange for the lead.]

1 comment:

Kagehi said...

Though not current, it is still relevant. As one poster on PZ Myers' site said, in their case they had to wait twice as long and go through 3 times as many *alternate* placement families, before the agency allowed them to adopt their kid. Through the entire process it was strongly hinted that the *problem* was not placing a specific religion in the, "What religion are you?", box of the adoption forms.

This BS continues to happen, and the nuts on the other side of the fence continue to project their own maleficence on atheists, by implying at every opportunity they can get that its "atheists" that want to prevent people adopting kids, prevent people from worshiping as they want, etc., when, as in this case, its obvious just who it is that wants to create and enforce *precisely* that kind of legal system. And, hint, its not people that have the radical idea that religion is silly and that such things don't matter (well, except when someone takes the polar opposite position, that religion, and specifically the *right* religion is the only thing that matters).