*When Joseph Reyes and Rebecca Shapiro got married in 2004, they had a Jewish wedding ceremony. He was Catholic but converted to Judaism after they married, and they agreed to raise any children in the Jewish faith.
However, after their daughter Ela was born, Reyes began to worry about the fact that she had not been baptized. “If, God forbid, something happened to her, she wouldn’t be in heaven,” he told me.
Today, two years after the Illinois couple’s bitter divorce battle began, the fight over Ela’s religious upbringing involves criminal charges.
The fight escalated in November, when Reyes had Ela baptized in a Catholic church and e-mailed his estranged wife a photo. She filed a complaint, and a judge barred Reyes from exposing his daughter to “any other religion other than the Jewish religion.” In January, Reyes violated the judge’s order and brought Ela to church again, with a camera crew in tow.
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