Posted by: conservativecritic | February 25, 2013


The following is excerpted from

“Homeschooling Not a Fundamental

Right,” Christian Post, Feb. 14, 2013: “In

a political asylum case involving a

German family that fled to the United

States to be able to homeschool their children,

the U.S. Justice Department is arguing that the freedom to

choose to educate one’s own children is not a fundamental

right. If the Romeike family, who are evangelical Christians,

lose their case and are deported back to Germany, they could

face fines, jail time, and their children could even be taken

away from them. Homeschooling is illegal in Germany. The

Romeike’s did not agree with some of what was taught to

their children in the public schools, so they began

homeschooling in violation of the law. After paying about

$10,000 in fines and watching the police apprehend their

children and take them to the public school, they sought

political asylum in the United States and immigrated to

Tennessee. The Home School Legal Defense Association

helped them with the move and now represents them in court.

The Romeike’s were granted political asylum by a federal

district court judge in Tennessee. Political asylum is granted

to refugees who can demonstrate that they are being

persecuted for religious reason or because they belong to a

‘particular social group.’ The U.S. government protested the

judge’s decision and appealed to an immigration appeals

court, which ruled against the Romeike’s. The case, Romeike

v. Holder, is now in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. …

The Justice Department argues that governments may

legitimately use its authority to force parents to send their

kids to government sanctioned schools. Since it takes the

position that Germany may do that, it follows that the

administration believes it has the right to do that in the

United States as well…This clearly shows Obama’s intent

to control the education system next….after health care…


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