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In February of this year, I wrote about the Romeike family from Germany who were seeking asylum in the United States. They were being persecuted for homeschooling their children by the government in Germany and were in danger of losing their children should they be forced to return to their home country. Opening from my previous post: Holder’s DOJ: ‘No Fundamental Right To Homeschool’
Eric Holder is the most corrupt and slippery AG in our nations history. His DOJ has sued states, pollsters and businesses across the board, but nothing as flat-out Constitution violating as their next possible target: Homeschoolers. Caffeinated Thoughts has the story which stems from an asylum case filed by a Germany family, the Romeike’s, being persecuted for homeschooling. (Read: Romeike DOJ Merits Brief)
Excerpt from Caffeinated Thoughts:
…There are two major portions of constitutional rights of citizens—fundamental liberties and equal protection. The U.S. Attorney General has said this about homeschooling. There is no fundamental liberty to homeschool. So long as a government bans homeschooling broadly and equally, there is no violation of your rights. This is a view which gives some acknowledgement to the principle of equal protection but which entirely jettisons the concept of fundamental liberties.
Choosing the type education for one’s own child is pretty much one of the most basic fundamental rights any parent has. What this position says to me is that in the education ‘reforms’ we are going to be handed down by this President in his second term, homeschooling will be a moving target.
Fast forward to this week.
The family now faces this danger as the United States DOJ has denied their request for asylum. Todd Starnes reports at TownHall:
The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Obama Administration’s decision to deny asylum to a German homeschooling family.
The Romeike family fled their German homeland in 2008 seeking political asylum in the United States – where they hoped to home school their children. Instead, the Obama administration wants the evangelical Christian family deported.
An Immigration judge granted them asylum in 2010 after the family revealed they were facing criminal prosecution for homeschooling their children. That decision was later overturned by the Board of Immigration Appeals in 2012.
The court ruled today that the Romeikes had not made a sufficient case and that the United States has not opened its doors to every victim of unfair treatment.
“Congress might have written the immigration laws to grant a safe haven to people living elsewhere in the world who face government strictures the United States Constitution prohibits,” the court ruled. “But it did not.”
It would seem the courts did not feel the threat of the government in Germany potentially seizing this family’s children was a big enough red line of persecution. All of this despite families from Germany in the past receiving asylum on the same grounds as the Romeike’s. Starnes continues, emphasis added:
The court did rule that parents do have a right to direct the education and upbringing of their children. However, they refused to concede that the harsh treatment of religiously motivated homeschoolers in Germany amounts to persecution within our laws.
“Germany continues to persecute homeschoolers,” said Mike Donnelly, the HSLDA’s director of international affairs. “The court ignored mountains of evidence that homeschoolers are harshly fined and that custody of their children is gravely threatened—something most people would call persecution. This is what the Romeikes will suffer if they are sent back to Germany.”
The Justice Dept. is arguing that German law banning home schooling does not violate the family’s human rights.
“They are trying to send a family back to Germany where they would certainly lose custody of their children,” Farris told Fox News. “Our government is siding with Germany.”
Farris said the Germans ban home schools because “they don’t want to have religious and philosophical minorities in their country.”
“That means they don’t want to have significant numbers of people who think differently than what the government thinks,” he said. “It’s an incredibly dangerous assertion that people can’t think in a way that the government doesn’t approve of.”
In a nutshell: Citizen, you will do and think as you are told.
One has to take pause here and consider what is happening right now with education in this country and the Common Core Standards. These standards are essentially a stealth take over by the federal government of our schools under the guise of ‘higher standards’ and yoked to federal money in the form of stimulus dollars. Those ‘higher standards’ really translate to ‘everyone does it the same’. In effect, making sure the populace is educated the same, thinks the same and does what the standards tell them to — all guided by the governments hand. Note, that doesn’t touch the issues with data mining that are a serious issue in Common Core.
Homeschooling is also under assault in this country. Common Core Standards are leading the way to try to extinguish the rising numbers of parents making the choice to homeschool by invading textbooks used by homeschoolers and requiring the curriculum be taught in order to pass the standardized tests associated with it. Mind you, the curriculum is load heavy, leaving little room for parents in infuse real learning into their child’s education at home.
Further down in the article, this section frankly made the hair rise on the back of my neck as it mirrors what we are seeing in our schools right now. Emphasis added is mine.:
“If we go back to Germany we know that we would be prosecuted and it is very likely the Social Services authorities would take our children from us,” he said.
Uwe said German schools were teaching children to disrespect authority figures and used graphic words to describe sexual relations. He said the state believed children must be “socialized.”
“The German schools teach against our Christian values,” he said. “Our children know that we home school following our convictions and that we are in God’s hands. They understand that we are doing this for their best – and they love the life we are living in America on our small farm.”
Let’s break that down:
“teaching children to disrespect authority figures” or sometimes the opposite.
“used graphic words to describe sexual relations”
“children must be socialized”
“The German schools teach against our Christian values” or the government violates it.
All of these things are already woven into our schools today. Bearing in mind the disposition of this DOJ that homeschooling is not a ‘fundamental right’ and that they have just rejected asylum for a family fleeing persecution for homeschooling, how sure are we that here in the United States who homeschool won’t be persecuted by this DOJ and administration? Given the current political and education climate, I’d say all bets are off. Continue reading
Unlike the drip-drip-drip with Benaghazi, the media has turned the spigot on full blast with the Broadwell-Petraeus affair. CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC and FOX all displayed the affair as their top story this morning. Benghazi? Not so much. It would … Continue reading
potted a story this morning that talked about John Cusack developing a biopic about Rush Limbaugh. Via Washington Times 24/7:
John Cusack — actor, vocal liberal activist and occasional Huffington Post blogger — is developing a movie about conservative radio show all-star Rush Limbaugh.
Cusack’s production company, New Crime Productions, told the Associated Press that the working title of the new film is “Rush.”
The unabashedly liberal star of movies like “Say Anything,” “Grosse Point Blank” and the anti-gun adaptation of the John Grisham novel “The Runaway Jury” will reportedly play the talk star in the film, set to begin filming next year.
I wonder who he will get to play Rush? I do hope this won’t be another pile of dog mess like Sorkin’s “Game Change”. Cusack blogs for HuffPo on occasion and is a self professed liberal, but perhaps I’m being too hasty in dismissing his ability to show some objectivity about the other side. I say that based on this gem that was passed to me: John Cusack Interviews Law Professor Jonathan Turley About Obama Administration’s War On the Constitution
The original posting was on August 20th, here. It didn’t appear on HuffPo until September 2nd.
While the piece gets some side topics wrong (death panels in Obamacare and the Auto Bailout), the bulk of it regarding Holder, Obama, killing Americans without due process and the NDAA lands right on target. Of interest is the side conversation going on about liberal media bias. Both Turley and Cusack note how no one on the Left journalistically is pursuing the clear Constitutional violations by this administration; mainly because Obama and Holder are ‘good guys’ in the eyes of the progressive media. In other words, it’s o.k. when we do it.
The one passage that raised my eyebrows is this one:
CUSACK: So would you say this assassination issue, or the speech and the clause in the NDAA and this signing statement that was attached, was equivalent to John Yoo’s torture document?
TURLEY: Oh, I think it’s amazing. It is astonishing the dishonesty that preceded and followed its passage. Before passage, the administration told the public that the president was upset about the lack of an exception for citizens and that he was ready to veto the bill if there was a lack of such an exception. Then, in an unguarded moment, Senator Levin was speaking to another Democratic senator who was objecting to the fact that citizens could be assassinated under this provision, and Levin said, “I don’t know if my colleague is aware that the exception language was removed at the request of the White House.” Many of us just fell out of our chairs. It was a relatively rare moment on the Senate floor, unguarded and unscripted.
CUSACK: And finally simple.
TURLEY: Yes. So we were basically lied to. I think that the administration was really caught unprepared by that rare moment of honesty, and that led ultimately to his pledge not to use the power to assassinate against citizens. But that pledge is meaningless. Having a president say, “I won’t use a power given to me” is the most dangerous of assurances, because a promise is not worth anything.
CUSACK: Yeah, I would say it’s the coldest comfort there is.
It’s well worth the time to read the whole thing. Killing American citizens at will is the bigger fish to fry, but I find it interesting they don’t discuss Obamacare, which affects ALL American citizens and the Constitutional issues it raises.
Also, here is the speech by Eric Holder at Northwestern. Continue reading