Homeschool family flees Germany for refuge in U.S.; Obama admin supporting Nazi-era laws
Suppose public education is compulsory and you are required by law to daily send your child to an institution that teaches witchcraft, evolution as fact rather than theory, and forces participation in playacting programs which instruct children how to engage in sex. You could opt to send your child to a religious institution instead, except religious institutions are required to teach the same curriculum. Homeschooling is not allowed because it violates the compulsory attendance laws. Would you rebel against such laws? Even if it meant punishing fines, jail time and ultimately, removal of your children? The Romeikes of Germany did. And then they fled.
In 2008, Uwe and Hannalore Romeike, along with their five children, sought asylum in the United States. A Nazi-era law prohibits parents from homeschooling their children and requires attendance in public school. After spending time in jail, accumulating approximately $10,000 in fines and facing the strong possibility their children would be removed from their home, the Romeike’s came to America, believing they would find refuge here.
The U.S. law of asylum allows a refugee to stay in the United States permanently if he can show that he is being persecuted for one of several specific reasons. Among these are persecution for religious reasons and persecution of a “particular social group.”
In 2010, asylum was granted by Memphis federal immigration judge Lawrence Burman, who found:
Home schoolers are a particular social group that the German government is trying to suppress. This family has a well-founded fear of persecution … therefore, they are eligible for asylum … and the court will grant asylum.
This ruling didn’t sit well with the Obama administration. So Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Homeland Security immediately filed an appeal with the federal Bureau of Immigration Appeals. In May 2012, the BIA overruled Judge Burman and sided with the federal government. The HSLDA filed an appeal on the Romeike’s behalf and are awaiting a decision from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
According to Holder, the inability of parents to home school their children is not a violation of their fundamental rights. In other words, parents do not have the right to home school their children, or to provide an education alternative to what Germany offers.
But Farris notes, “The Supreme Court of Germany declared that the purpose of the German ban on homeschooling was to ‘counteract the development of religious and philosophically motivated parallel societies.’” The German government does not want anyone in their society to believe, or be taught to believe, any way other than how the government wants them to. It’s surprising and disturbing that such groupthink mentality from Hitler’s Germany is still openly embraced today.
The youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.
He understood the importance of indoctrinating children to build the government he wanted. Why the law was never changed is not clear, but the country has begun aggressively enforcing it for the last decade.
If the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules against the Romeikes, they will be sent back to Germany to face the fines and jail time they fled, but most importantly, they’ll lose custody of their children. That our president and attorney general support the enforcement of Nazi laws is stunning. That they’re attempting to use the U.S court system to assist in the enforcement is unconscionable.
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- German Couple Who Want to Homeschool Their Kids Fighting to Stay in the U.S. (reason.com)
- Our Homeschool rights may be impacted by German homeschool case (home4schooling.wordpress.com)
- Eric Holder: Homeschool Ban Doesn’t Violate Fundamental Rights (joemiller.us)
- U.S. Department of Justice arguing that homeschooling is not a right (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
- German home-school parents appeal asylum ruling (cnsnews.com)
- USA Trying to Deport Christian Homeschooling Family Knowing They Face Persecution (politicaloutcast.com)
- Eric Holder: Banning Homeschooling Doesn’t Violate Fundamental Rights (vineoflife.net)
- German home-school parents appeal asylum ruling (kansascity.com)