A Canadian couple fighting for custody of their children have lost the court battle after they used a stuffed lion channelling the voice of God as their defence council, a fact that anyone familiar with the legal system probably won’t find too surprising.
The case came after the couple were deemed too religiously extreme and concerns were raised by neighbours and fellow church goers after the couple moved from town to town slowly alienating the members of various religious communities with their obsessive desire to “purge evil influences”.
When the woman became pregnant she was interviewed by a social worker where she told them that her husband sometimes choked her to make her stop crying, sometimes tied her hands and covered her mouth with tape, and occasionally assaulted her.
Couple loses custody of their daughter following a bizarre custody case in which they both spoke in tongues to a stuffed lion, believing that it channelled the word of God https://t.co/4pK1oeDiX1— Olivia Solon (@oliviasolon) June 7, 2018
This led to a complaint filed by the social worker which resulted in the couple being monitored. When she gave birth she refused all medical tests, vaccinations, and court-ordered parental assessments. As a result the baby was taken from her as soon as she returned home.
It was also revealed in court that she had disclosed to the social worker that her husband had been raised by a cult, and that he believed sexual relations between children should be encouraged, and they often had sexual roleplay where he was a “sinner” and she was the “victim”.
Christian couple loses custody of their child, Jesus JoyOfTheLand, because they spoke in tongues to a stuffed lion they say god talks to them through. Judge also denied religious persecution accusation. https://t.co/PpkLWdOMtB— Mister Atheist (@Mister_Atheist) June 7, 2018
They also filed paperwork to change her daughter’s name to Jesus JoyoftheLord and her own name to Risen Lord Jesus, her middle name to Refinersfire, and her last name to Christ.
Bizarrely, when it came to court they refused representation and instead relied on a stuffed toy lion who they claimed was acting as a conduit for God. When cross-examining witnesses they would consult the toy lion speaking in tongues before then turning to the witnesses and passing on the “lion’s” questions which they attributed to their lawyer… Jesus.
The judge found that they lacked credibility and ruled in favour of the prosecution, saying,
“The parents obviously love their child and wish to raise her in their home with their Christian values,” she wrote. “It is clear that there was sufficient evidence before the trial judge to allow him to come to the conclusion that a continuing custody order was warranted in the circumstances.”