With no examples of actual persecution of Christians in this country, the Christian right is always on the lookout for opportunities to invent wildly ridiculous predictions of the persecution to come. Michael Farris says that Obama may issue an executive order banning homeschooling. Talking about a case where a German family is seeking asylum because that country won’t let them homeschool their kids:
plying for asylum and we really don’t need to worry about it after all, how does this impact me? Why does this matter? How can this impact the homeschooling freedom that we have right here in the United States?
Farris: It can because of the precedent that any case like this can set and it also reveals the heart and intention of our current administration. Their belief is anti-individual liberty on a very broad basis and their group think is at a deep and dangerous level. That repudiation of individual liberty should shock every American. Secondly, for homeschooling itself specifically, you know we’ve seen executive orders on lots of different subjects and so if President Obama gets it in his head that he is going to issue an executive order to ban homeschooling, you know, I wouldn’t put it pass that administration to try something like that especially as they get closer to the end of this four year term. They are capable of anything, who knows?
Such an executive order would be struck down in a New York minute. No president has such authority. Have you noticed that all of Obama’s previous executive orders have not been challenged in court? That’s because he’s stuck within his executive authority. Even if Congress tried to ban homeschooling — which is about as likely as me winning an Academy Award — the courts would strike it down. But hey, when you’re trying to scare your followers into sending you money to protect rights that aren’t actually at risk, irrelevant details like, oh, reality just don’t enter the equation.