Christian logic: Why learn to read if Jesus is coming? After homeschooling parents in Texas refused to educate their kids because they believed Jesus Christ is returning to Earth, a court has ruled that Christian homeschooling parents are not exempt from state education regulations.
In a significant victory for children, the Texas Eighth District Court of Appeals has ruled that Christian homeschooling parents are not exempt from state education regulations. The ruling is a result of a court case involving parents who refused to educate their nine children because they believed the rapture was at hand. Religion Clause reports:
In El Paso Independent School District v. McIntyre, (TX App., Aug. 6, 2014), home-school parents challenged the right of the state to investigate the curriculum which they utilized. It was claimed that the McIntyre children did little school work, and that one of the children said they did not need to because they were going to be raptured. When another of the children ran away at age 17 so she could attend school, the parents refused to provide the school district with any information.
Raw Story reports Michael McIntyre and Laura McIntyre removed their nine children from a private school in 2004 to homeschool them. In 2006, El Paso Independent School District met with the parents about an anonymous complaint that the children were not being educated. District attendance officer Mark Mendoza later confirmed that one of the daughters, Tori, had run away from home to “attend school,” and was enrolled at Coronado High School.
The court ruling states:
No parents have ever prevailed in any reported case on a theory that they have an absolute constitutional right to educate their children in the home, completely free of any state supervision, regulation, or requirements. They do not have an ‘absolute constitutional right to home school.’
It is unclear how many other children are suffering similar fates across the nation, but one thing is certain: Homeschooling gives parents an opportunity to deny their children an adequate education, and instead use their children as pawns to appease religious superstition.
Children are not property; they have rights. All children are entitled to an education. Homeschoolers must be monitored and regulated to prevent the abuse and neglect that religious superstition so often breeds.