truthseeker: A pair of devout Jehovah's Witnesses have been ordered by a B.C. provincial court judge not to talk about religion in front of their four-year-old granddaughter.
I hate to put a damper on everyone's enthusiasm but I think this decision will be struck down eventually. That's free speech you can't legislate good manners.
This is not a free speech issue. This is an issue of what is in the child's best interests. Free speech stops at the feet of the child. There are many things that cannot be said in the presence of a child and would be considered either improper or illegal in this country.
The ruling didn't really have anything to do with free speech/religion per se. It had to do with the conflict that the religion was causing which was placing stress on the child:
In this case, Ritchie found it wasn't fair to place A.W. in a holy war between her mother and grandparents.
"I am concerned that the applicants' demonstrated inability to respect and comply with M.W's decisions on religion will continue to cause conflict," she wrote. "It is not in A.W.'s best interests to be exposed to that conflict."
The grandparents could have been engaging in any behaviour/speech that would have resulted in that ruling - it wouldn't have to be religious in nature. It was the resulting conflict that was at issue here.