Apr 02, 2013 11:01 pm
This is the Romeike family. I did a Cross Examine show on them a few years ago.
Uwe and Hanna are home-school parents from Germany. But Germany doesn’t tolerate home schooling. Those who do are harassed, fined, imprisoned, and can lose custody of their children. Uwe and Hanna had such a religious and moral problem with what German government schools were teaching that they chose to school their children themselves, just as millions in this country do every day. But Germany’s laws, based upon a 1938 law signed by Adolph Hitler, believe that Germany’s children belong to the State from an educational standpoint. The law prohibits parents from educating their own children so that Germany can prevent a different worldview, or “society” as the law states, from arising.
After increased persecution from the German state, Uwe and Hanna fled to the United States. A Federal judge heard the arguments and granted them asylum, stating that Germany’s law and policy was “Nazi-esque”.
Immediately, the Obama Administration filed suit against the ruling and will bring the case before the United States Court of Appeal for the Sixth Court on April 23. They are seeking to deport the Romeike family, which would send Uwe and Hanna back to Germany to face jail and possibly the loss of their children.
Why does the administration seek to do this?
Because it agrees with the German law. It doesn’t believe that parents have a right to educate their children. It is more in line with the National Education Association that homeschooling shouldn’t be allowed. It believes that the government can best educate “America’s children”. It doesn’t want another worldview taught in this country. It wants America’s children to have one worldview and one worldview only.
That is why they don’t want to grant asylum to the Romeike family. That would affirm parental rights—rights that have been fought for by so many courageous parents over the last 40 years in this country. Rights that I believe will take a serious hit if this case is won by the Administration.
Think of it this way: if the Administration wins this case, the legal statement and precedence will be set that parents do not have a fundamental right to educate their children and if the State were to ban home schooling, it would not be a violation of parental rights at all.
This will be the first time that I have advocated signing a petition, but I believe this is a critical issue, one that is being played out behind big media coverage and one that could put a deep chill in the rights of parents in this country to determine the educational direction of their children.
I am also concerned for the Romeike’s. They are an awesome family. The American people have welcomed them with open arms. They are free here. They are happy here. But the Administration doesn’t want them.
Signing the petition will take some time because you will have to go through a cumbersome White House website process. Please consider doing so.
Regardless, please pray for the Romeike’s as they live under this dark cloud and that the Lord will sway the court to do what is right on April 23.
Here is the link: http://www.hslda.org
- Obama Admin Opposes Asylum for German Homeschooling Family (breitbart.com)
- Americans to Obama: Protect homeschool family (wnd.com)
- Home-schooling family who fled to U.S. from Germany face deportation: (bobusnr.wordpress.com)
- Tenn. Christian Homeschoolers Losing Fight to Keep from Being Deported to Germany (blackchristiannews.com)
- Obama administration trying to deport German family that came to the U.S. for freedom to homeschool (eagnews.org)
- Holder Opposes Individual Religious Liberty in Romeike v Holder (independentsentinel.com)
- Eric Holder is Trying to Deport Christian Homeschooling Family Gives Pass to Illegals (littlebytesnews.blogspot.com)