Despite Supreme Court Decision, Homeschooling Family That Fled Germany For U.S. Is Allowed To Stay

Most people looking for asylum in the United States say they’ve been persecuted in their home country — sometimes imprisoned and tortured. Life-and-death stuff. Real terror, real danger.

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike are a little different. They hail from Germany, and the worst that happened to them there was that their government told them they were expected to abide by the national Schulpflicht — mandatory state-sponsored schooling for all children aged six and older.

Not wishing to taint their Christian purity with the worldly teachings of Germany’s schools, the Romeikes fled to the United States — and applied for political asylum — on the invitation of a network of Christian homeschoolers represented by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the Romeikes’ case, setting off a choir of right-wing voices howling that if we needed more proof of the Obama administration’s hostility towards Christianity, this was it.



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How Long Should a Family’s Roadside Cross in Memory of Their Son Be Allowed to Stay Up?

In May of 2012, 19-year-old Anthony Devaney was taking a nighttime walk when a car struck and killed him.

It wasn’t long before a large cross was placed at the scene of the tragedy:

Here’s a difficult question: How long should that cross be allowed to stay up? Forever? A few months? It’s not an easy discussion to have, but the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center believes it’s time for the city of Lake Elsinore (yep, them again) to take it down. In fact, the city did take it down last December… but they put it right back up after Devaney’s mother “demanded” its return.

In a letter to the Lake Elsinore City Council, the AHLC says that to leave the cross up now amounts to government promotion of religion:

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Ash Wednesday at the Drive-Thru

Give Father Harry Jenkins, of the Christ Episcopal Church in Slidell, Louisiana, props for innovation:

You can order your burgers at the drive-thru window. Or pick up your dry cleaning and do your banking. On Wednesday, a Slidell church will offer “Ashes to Go,” during two periods when motorists can drive by the church to receive ashes on their foreheads in observance of Ash Wednesday.

Without leaving their vehicles.



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American Atheists Won’t Be at CPAC This Weekend

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how American Atheists was booted from the CPAC conference taking place this weekend:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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God Just Needs to Open Up His Mind a Little More…

Zach Weinersmith sets us up for a very interesting philosophical question

You’ll have to go to his site for the rest of it!

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