Eric Holder hopes to deport a family of German Evangelical Christians who fled Germany so they could be allowed to home school their children.
Mr. Romeike, the childrens’ father said:
“It’s our fundamental right to decide how we want to teach our children,” says Uwe Romeike, an Evangelical Christian and a concert pianist who sold his treasured Steinway to help pay for the move.
Romeike uprooted his family in 2008 after he and his wife had accrued about $10,000 in fines for homeschooling their three oldest children. German police came to their doorstep and brought their children to school against the parents’ wishes. “My kids were crying, but nobody seemed to care,” Romeike said. [Time Magazine]
Germany strictly bans home schooling.
The Romeike family face fines, prison time and are faced with the prospect of losing custody of their children.
One can receive asylum in the US for two reasons: persecution for religious reasons and persecution of a “particular social group.”
On January 26, 2010, Memphis federal immigration judge Lawrence Burman granted the Romeikes political asylum, ruling they had a reasonable fear of persecution for their beliefs if they returned to their German homeland.
Judge Burman also denounced the German policy heatedly. In a statement, he called it, “utterly repellent to everything we believe as Americans.”
Alarmingly, Eric Holder’s office is working to deport this family, contrary to the legal ruling. I say alarmingly because Barack Obama and Eric Holder have come out against the freedom to home school based on it not being a fundamental freedom.
The case of Romeike v Holder is being appealed.
Eric Holder said home schooling is not a protected freedom. He said “There is no fundamental liberty to homeschool.” He said that as long as a government bans homeschooling broadly and equally, there is no violation of rights. This is a view which gives a nod to the principle of equal protection but which completely ignores the concept of fundamental, individual liberties.
That takes me to Socialist Germany and why they ban home schooling. 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.”
You say What? This is Totalitarianism at its finest. They do not want religious or philosophical opposition to the government growing up around them.
Consider the Obama administration’s view on this issue along with his move to crush some aspects of religious freedom with the HHS Mandate and you will sense a dangerous pattern of statist thought developing outward from our administration.
Read about the case here and you will see that in the way this case is being presented by OUR government, they clearly do not understand that religious freedom is a fundamental individual right. It’s frightening.
Part of the government’s case is “that the Romeikes’ case failed to show that there was any discrimination based on religion because, among other reasons, the Romeikes did not prove that all homeschoolers were religious, and that not all Christians believed they had to homeschool.” They show no regard for the individual rights of the Romeikes.
We are allowing people who have come here illegally to remain in the US even though they have committed crimes because we are humane but we have no humanity for the Romeikes.