By Laura Cox
PUBLISHED: 11:01 EST, 31 March 2012 | UPDATED: 11:50 EST, 31 March 2012
A mom-of-two could be facing with a prison sentence for illegally baptising her children.
Lauren Jarrell must answer to contempt-of-court charges after she went behind her ex-husband’s back to baptise their children at the Independent Presbyterian church.
Both Lauren and Blake Jarrell are Christian – he is a Methodist while she is a Presbyterian, denominations which both encourage infant baptism.
But Blake said he thought his children should be baptised at a later date, when they would be older and better able to understand the significance of the baptismal ceremony.
When they married the couple consulted a minister because they couldn’t agree what age was best for the children, who turn five and seven next month, to be baptised.
In going ahead with the baptism, the Tennnessee Court of Appeals said, Lauren was in violation of a court order that said major decisions regarding the religious upbringing of her children should be made jointly with their father.
Attorneys said it is not unusual for parents to disagree on religious upbringing.