You may have heard about the asylum case involving a homeschooling German family. The courts ruled against them but the Obama administration decided to grant them deferred status, allowing them to stay in the country. Despite that result, cue the ridiculous fear-mongering from the Christian right, promoted by the Worldnetdaily.
While that is a victory for the Romeikes, Farris warned that Americans need to be watching what actually was determined in the courts.
In a statement posted on HSLDA’s website, Farris said “the dangers latent in this case must be understood, combated and reversed.”
“Once these dangerous ideas are unmasked, it becomes apparent that they pose real threats to the principles of freedom that virtually all Americans would have believed were solidly established.”
Farris noted the government “contended that forcing a parent to have their children attend a school that violates their religious beliefs does not offend a conviction that one should not be required to change.”
“Hence, the first dangerous rule to emerge from the Romeike case is that governments may order children to attend schools that violate the family’s religious beliefs. It was not a direct ruling in this case … but the conclusion is present just the same,” he said…“The long-term concern for American homeschoolers arising from the Romeike case is obvious,” he wrote. “If our government contends that Germany did not violate the principles of religious freedom when it banned homeschooling in order to gain philosophical control over children, then it implies that it would not violate religious freedom or parental rights if the United States decided to ban homeschooling for the same purpose.”
This is all nonsense. The case had nothing to do with whether American parents have a right to homeschool their children. That right has been firmly established in American law and there isn’t a chance in hell that legislation to change that would ever pass. The case was solely about whether a family fleeing another country because they couldn’t homeschool their kids qualified as facing persecution under the laws governing asylum. This is just the same old fear mongering by the Christian right. Anything to keep the money flowing in.