“The judge acknowledged that Myzner had the right to live with or without religion. She also acknowledged that Myzner was overall the more involved and attentive parent, and that the father had shown a pattern of denial of the children’s needs. She also acknowledged the father’s anger problems and his regular use of corporal punishment. Ultimately, though, it came down to who fit in better with the children’s Hasidic lifestyle.
The judge wrote she was concerned that the mother’s decision to “become secular” would spill over to the children, and that, among other things, the mother “(may) [might] change the children’s conservative attire and grooming, change her appearance when she is with the children, permit the children to view television and access the internet.”
I just want you to let this sink in for a second. The judge acknowledged that a) she’s the better parent, b) he’s the worse parent, and c) he REGULARLY beats the children when they’re bad. Yet, he’s the better fit, because he’s supposedly more religious and her possibly being less so might fuck the children up. Ignoring them, not taking care of their basic needs, beating them from time to time….it’s fine. But God forbid (pun intended) that they stray from the guidance of the invisible space man! That’s just…well, it’s just criminal!