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.]