by Stephanie Fisher
Homeschool ban coming soon to US?
While Obama pushes for “immigration reform” which would, among other things, grant legal permanent residency to illegals within eight years, his Attorney General Eric Holder is hastily working on booting a Christian homeschool family out of the country.
According to US Attorney General Eric Holder, there is no “fundamental liberty to homeschool.”
The Romeike Family who came to the US in 2008 seeking asylum from Germany’s ban on homeschooling for persecution is now facing possible extradition back to Germany. They were initially granted political asylum, but now this decision is being appealed by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Why is the Romeike family seeking asylum here?
From the Home School Legal Defense Association:
“Uwe and Hannelore Romeike fled from Germany to the United States after their family was vigorously prosecuted (fines, forcible removal of their children, threats of jail and more) for homeschooling. Initially, the Romeikes were granted political asylum, but the U.S. government appealed that decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals. That Board sided with the government. HSLDA then appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals—the federal court just below the Supreme Court.”
Michael Farris, founder and chairman of HSLDA, has been representing the Romeike Family and has made some startling discoveries about our very own government’s attitudes toward homeschooling and freedom in general. From the HSLDA website:
“After finishing the final appellate brief last week, HSLDA Founder and Chairman Michael Farris became convinced that the U.S. Attorney General’s argument revealed some very dangerous views of our own government toward our freedom.”
“U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder astonishingly said that a “government isn’t violating anyone’s rights if homeschooling is banned altogether.”
Read Farris’ complete analysis here.
But this won’t affect American citizens, right?
This family is from Germany and Germany has banned homeschooling, not America. Take heed America, our government thinks that so long as homeshooling is banned in it’s entirety then no fundamental rights will be violated. We would be wise to stand up for the right of parents to choose the best form of education for their families. By doing this we are also standing up for individual liberty.
“It is important that Americans stand up for the rights of German homeschooling families. In so doing, we stand up for our own.” – HSLDA
Stephanie Fisher is a conservative writer and political activist in Colorado.