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Regious parents ‘could be criminalised’ under new law

Posted by Joseph on 4 June, 2014

A sweeping parenting law, which may be included in the Queen’s Speech tomorrow, could criminalise parents with strict religious beliefs, a columnist has warned.

The so-called “Cinderella law” would carry a maximum prison sentence of ten years for anyone who deliberately harms a child’s “physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development”.

Writing in The Times, Libby Purves commented, “we have a record of insouciant, well-meant legal drafting; and once something is enshrined in law it can cause problems either by reckless enforcement or by palpable unenforceability”.

Criminalised

She poses various scenarios which could lead to ordinary parents being criminalised under the proposed legislation.

She asks, “is it not potentially damaging to ‘intellectual development’ to bring up a child in a strict religious belief that daily contradicts the evolutionary science they learn at school?”

“Insisting on music practice or refusing computer games or the wearing of trainers could be cited as evidence of an unhealthy dismissal of a child’s preferences”, she added.

http://www.christian.org.uk/news/religious-parents-could-be-criminalised-under-new-law/

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