Religion: Question of Custody

The U.S. Supreme Court was asked to play Solomon last week in the case of two children instead of one. The question was legally knotty: To what extent should the courts let an infant's baptism affect its future?

The story the court will have to consider, if it agrees to hear the case, begins in 1947, when Brazilian-born Jandyra Southern, a Roman Catholic, and her husband, Thomas Southern of Kansas City, a Protestant, were divorced. Jandyra Southern moved to New York, and boarded her two children, Diane and Linda, in a Jewish foster home. Later they were put in the care of...

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