A judge declared Monday that a 9-year old boy from Clarendon Hills can attend religious services with his mother despite his father's objections. The child's father argued that it could harm his son's chances of becoming a scientist.
Last month David Stone, of Clarendon Hills, filed a court request to stop his son from attending church serives with his mother. Stone testified in Dupage County Circuit Court that the church "is a Christian church, and I am not a Christian." He added that his son has shown aptitude as a scientist and that a strict Christian belief could impede scientific thought.
Stone and the boy's mother divorced in 2009. She has main custody of their 14-year old daughter while Stone has main custody of their son. Since their divorce, the mother is allowed weekend visitations with their son.
According to Stone, his ex-wife has created a rift between him and his son by allowing the boy to participate in church services. His ex-wife responded by saying that the parenting agreement allows their son to accompany her to church servies while he is with her on Sunday.
Stone told Judge Paul Marchese that while he believes in God, but not in an organized religion and concepts such as heaven and hell. Stone has no religious affiliation.
Judge Marchese denied Stone's request on the basis that "no specific harm has been demonstrated, just speculation."
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