TRANSCRIPT: Joseph Reyes on Being Barred From Taking Child to Church

She was shocked, number one it wasn't just a religious thing, per say, it was the idea that he would suddenly, out of nowhere without any discussion having never gone to church, have the girl baptized. He looked at it--she looked at it as basically an assault on her little girl.

I think he was just trying to exert some power. We never knew him to be a particularly religious man and certainly not someone who was a devout Christian. He had converted to Judaism, had never gone to church, had never expressed that he wanted to raise his daughter as a Christian. So, yes, we saw this as basically pulling a shot and now suddenly he's found religion and it's become a very important issue to him in the last 2 months.

Events Leading Up To and Including The Temporary Restraining Order

CUOMO: So that takes us to the obvious question: why are you doing this?

REYES: Doing what?

CUOMO: Why did you violate the temporary restraining order? Why'd you do it?

REYES: How can one not violate that order? For one, just out of civic duty and out of a sense of justice, it stands to be questioned. And the second part of it, it is so broad, how does one stay within the scope of it? However, I will add that going to church, I don't think, violated the order.

CUOMO: Why not?

REYES: Because in terms of Judaism, based on the information that I was given, Catholicism falls right under the umbrella of Judaism.

CUOMO: So you think that the court is going to accept that going to Catholic church is not doing something different than being Jewish?

REYES: Well, if the court wants to make that decision and get into doctrinal questions, I think its infringing into an area that it really has no right.

CUOMO: But why are you doing this? This isn't some crusade; you're not a religious advocate, right? Why go through all this?

REYES: I guess for the same reason that Rosa Parks didn't move on the bus. Out of a sense of justice, out of a sense of wanting to see that the right thing was done.

CUOMO: But does the religion matter that much to you? Does it matter to you whether your daughter is raised within the scope of Judaism or Catholicism?

REYES: Religion matters to me. I was raised in a Catholic home, it' a fundamental part of who I am, and it's a hard thing to conceal from my daughter, foremost, and in addition to that, there's also an underlying principle, which is that I want my daughter to know that there's a lot of diversity—a beautiful amount of diversity in the world.

CUOMO: How did Rebecca react when you told her that you had baptized your child?

REYES: She responded, in kind, with a motion for a temporary restraining order.

CUOMO: But did she say anything to you at the time? Did she say 'why?' or 'I don't like that' or 'I don't care' or anything?

REYES: No, she just filed a motion for a temporary restraining order. And there was a delayed reaction, it wasn't in the media yet, probably two or three weeks later.

CUOMO: So there was never any kind of phone all or any kind of discussion about what had happened and feelings or anything like that?

REYES: As I said, Rebecca and I don't really speak about much.

CUOMO: Fair criticism that the movement of faith, of bringing your daughter into a new church, the baptism, is an attack on your wife? A movement for independence to have ownership of your daughter?

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