“Tennessee Mother Faces Possible Jail Time For Baptizing Children,” reads the headline for this story from Charlotte’s CBS affiliate. The real issue is not baptism, however, but flagrantly breaching a court order:
This week the Tennessee Court of Appeals said Lauren Jarrell must face a criminal contempt hearing for violating a court order that said major decisions regarding the religious upbringing of her two children should be made jointly with her-ex-husband.
The mother and her ex-husband, Blake Jarrell, are both Christian — he’s a Methodist and she’s a Presbyterian.
Court records say the father thought the children should be baptized once they are older. He has asked that his ex-wife be found in criminal contempt for baptizing the children without his knowledge or permission.