Devil, US May Care About Satanist's Custody Fight

Mom wants kids to spend Sunday morning in church instead of with devilish dad
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2008 10:41 AM CDT
Jamie Meyer's ex-wife is fighting for her daughters to attend a Christian church on Sundays instead of spending the whole day with their Satanist father.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – An Indiana man says he is a loving father who just wants to share his faith with his kids—but his Christian ex-wife would prefer their daughters spent Sunday morning in church instead of with their Satanist dad. The custody case raises thorny church and state issues, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Experts say the Constitution prevents judges from showing a religious preference, but the father faces pressure to prove that Satanism, which he says is about celebrating man's desires rather than worshiping the devil, is a real faith. His ex-wife, in turn, could be required to prove that Satanism—recognized as a religion by the IRS—is harmful to their daughters' upbringing.