Joseph Reyes needs to raise $25,000 so that he can fight to preserve his right of religious liberty
Joseph Reyes, an Afghan War veteran and a practicing Roman Catholic, is being criminally prosecuted for taking his daughter to church and could end up in jail for six months. It doesn’t seem possible that this is happening in America, but then again the way things have changed over the past few decades it doesn’t seem so strange.
It has been traditional for interfaith parents to allow their children to be exposed to the tenets of both religions. The children can then make their own decision about which religion to follow when they come of age.
Joseph Reyes’ wife, Rebecca Shapiro Reyes, is Jewish and does not want their daughter raised a Roman Catholic. She claims that Joseph verbally agreed to raise their daughter Jewish, but he says that is not true.
Judge Edward R. Jordan, a Chicago Circuit Court, Domestic Relations Division judge, had previously issued a temporary court order banning Mr. Reyes from exposing his daughter to any non-Jewish religious practices..
Reyes violated the order because he believes it violated his religious liberties. He also believes that exposing his daughter to Jesus, whom Reyes believes is the greatest Jewish rabbi of all times, did not specifically violate the court order.
Instead of appointing a prosecuting or state’s attorney to prosecute the case, Judge Jordan is allowing Rebecca Shapiro’s attorneys to prosecute the case.
Rebecca Shapiro’s father is Howard Shapiro, Executive Vice President, Law and Administration, General Counsel and Secretary for Playboy Enterprises, a leading producer of pornography and a company that is the antithesis of both Jewish and Christian beliefs. In order to counterbalance the wealth that the Shapiro family can bring to court, Reyes is hoping to raise $25,000 from people who are concerned about the erosion of religious rights in our courtrooms as well as the bias against fathers in divorce and family courts.
Click here to make a donation to Joseph Reyes’ defense fund. Reyes has received a number of gifts in the $10-$25 range. The largest amount given so far by a single person has been $100. Joseph has a long way to go to reach the total of $25,000 he needs for his defense. Currently he is unemployed and attending law school.
If you give to him as a result of this article, please tell him so.
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