The Twilight Zone

So, “the Cabinet has decided that children be raised in the ‘common religion’ at the time of marriage should one of their parents convert”, eh?

Much as I would like to see this matter resolved quickly, I think it would be naive to believe that this “decree” of the Cabinet resolves anything at all.

First of all, there’s the Federal Constitution.

Article 12

3. No person shall be required to receive instruction in or take part in any ceremony or act of worship of a religion other than his own.

4. For the purposes of Clause (3) the religion of a person under the age of eighteen years shall be decided by his parent or guardian.

Now, the Constitution defines singular terms to include the plural, and vice versa. In other words, “parent” up there does not mean just the father or just the mother.