Holly Salzman, a mother from Albuquerque, New Mexico was ordered to attend counseling sessions with a Christian counselor by a family court judge, or lose custody over her twin sons. As a non-religious woman, she objected to her counselor praying and talking about God during their sessions, which she felt was a violation of the separation of church and state. When the courts did not respond to her requests for a different counselor, Salzman decided to stop the sessions altogether – leading to her losing custody over her sons. “It’s probably the worst thing I’ve ever been through in my life,” Salzman said. She explained she saw no other option but to finish the counseling sessions, but this time she secretly recorded the sessions and took them to the media. “No one should be put in a position where they are forced to accept training or therapy that violates their own religious beliefs and morals” responded Peter Simonson, ACLU executive director. Salzman eventually completed the classes and regained custody over her children.
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