An Agnostic Woman Had Sole Custody of Her 2-Year-Old Daughter, but The Muslim Father Kept Harassing Her to Stop Feeding Their Daughter Pork

A woman and her 2-year-old daughter had never practiced religion, yet her ex-husband strictly followed Islamic beliefs. This often led to conflicting parenting values between the ex-couple, one of which soon sparked an argument in relation to the young girl’s diet.

The Sole Carer

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The woman’s daughter had never been raised by her father. “We’ve been broken up since before she was even born, and she’s ALWAYS lived with me”, she explained. 

Eating What She Wants

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The woman, who was agnostic, never brought up her child to be religious like her father. “I’m not Muslim like him, so I’ve always given her bacon and pork chops because that’s what I eat”, she continued.

A Sudden Concern

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Despite things being this way for her whole life, the daughter’s father, who lived in a completely different area, suddenly started to express his anger at the young girl eating pork products. This anger was directed towards the mother, and seemingly appeared out of nowhere.

Her Defense 

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In response, the woman firmly defended her child’s food habits. “I keep reminding him that she’s not Muslim and that his religion has nothing to do with her diet”, she explained.

Maybe Some Day

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The woman believed that her daughter was far too young to make a decision about religion. Whilst her daughter had been raised without religious restrictions, the mother expressed her openness to her daughter choosing to follow Islam in the future if she made such a decision herself, at which point she would be happy to rule out pork from her diet.

His Contrasting View

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However, the man held a contrasting view. “His view is that she shouldn’t have any pork until she’s old enough to decide that she DOES want to eat it”, the woman laughed.

Seeing His Side

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Whilst the woman found this perspective quite amusing, she could see where her ex-partner was coming from. She still refused to listen and continued to feed her daughter pork, but wondered whether doing so was inconsiderate to her ex-partner’s beliefs. 

Legal Intervention 

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Bizarrely, the man even attempted to tackle this disagreement legally. The woman recounted that recently, she had been contacted by the man’s lawyer, who was furious with her. 

An Interesting Debate 

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The woman stuck to her guns, firmly believing that he had no legal ground and that her daughter could make such choices when she was older. However, she admitted that the argument had raised an interesting question as to whether non-custodial parents had a say in the upbringing of their children, especially when it came to religious beliefs. 

Picking and Choosing His Values

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To further defend herself, the woman noted that her husband could be rather hypocritical when it came to his religion. “He’s becoming incredibly passionate about his anti-pork beliefs all of a sudden, yet this child was born out of wedlock, so he obviously doesn’t follow his religion that closely”, she laughed. 

Starting a Debate

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The woman didn’t feel particularly bad for her decisions but certainly thought that it was an interesting debate. She posted her thoughts on social media, asking readers what their opinion was. “You’re raising the child as a single parent, so you and only you decide what she eats until she is old enough to make those decisions herself”, one reader agreed. 

Just Trying to Fight

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Many commenters believed that the man was simply looking for a reason to fight with his ex-partner. “Considering he doesn’t follow other tenets of his religion, getting hung up on pork, in particular, feels very random”, one commenter pointed out. “It’s almost like he doesn’t actually care, but is just looking for a reason to pick a fight and bother you.”

Laughable Hypocrisy 

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Overall, everyone felt that the situation was ridiculous considering the girl’s young age of 2, and felt that the man’s hypocrisy was laughable. “Hahaha, surely having a child out of wedlock has gotta be a bigger deal than your daughter eating pork when she isn’t even aware of the concept of pork yet”, laughed another commenter. 

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