One of the most common objections to our criticism of the government education system is the idea that “some people don’t have a choice” since they “can’t afford” to do anything other than ship their children off to the local government school. Well, this news bulletin should put that nonsense to rest. If a family is truly committed to keeping their children out of the clutches of the immoral, unsafe, anti-Christian government schools, they’ll do whatever it takes. I don’t say that because I take people’s hardships lightly; I say it because I’ve seen it done. Just this past Sunday I had the privilege of speaking to a woman who has been visiting our church for the past couple of weeks. She is a single mother with seven children... AND SHE HOMESCHOOLS! Then there’s the family in this story who’s struggles go far beyond the financial. I’ll never complain about our homeschool struggles again... well, I will, but when I do I’ll be ashamed.
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(Some Good News)
By Bruce N. Shortt, J.D., Ph.D
A federal judge in Tennessee today granted political asylum to the Romeikes, a German Christian homeschooling family from Bissinggen, Germany, who fled persecution in August 2008 seeking political asylum in the United States.
As many of you may know, the German government has been aggressively persecuting Christian homeschoolers using Nazi-era laws. Moreover, the German government has used its power in the EU to create a legal and administrative environment that has become increasingly hostile to homeschooling throughout Europe.
In his decision Judge Burman recognized that homeschooling is a fundamental human right:
“We can’t expect every country to follow our constitution,” said Judge Burman. “The world might be a better place if it did. However, the rights being violated here are basic human rights that no country has a right to violate.”
Burman added, “Homeschoolers are a particular social group that the German government is trying to suppress. This family has a well-founded fear of persecution…therefore, they are eligible for asylum…and the court will grant asylum.”
In addition to its repercussions in Germany and across Europe, Judge Burman's decision is a blow against the elements of the educational establishment and the political left in the United States that would like to eliminate homeschooling or regulate independent homeschooling out of existence.
As a final word, The Continuing Collapse would like to point out that cases like these are not won in a vacuum. Judge Burman was obviously influenced by the now widespread perception that homeschooling is a legitimate educational alternative. That perception has been created over the years by homeschool parents, by the selfless work of homeschool leaders at the state and local level, by those who have promoted homeschooling throuugh the media (magazines, radio talk show, television, internet, etc.), and by our national organizations such as NHERI. In this particular case, HSLDA was the tip of the spear, and we should all give thanks for the tremendous job it has done in this case. The ultimate glory and thanks, of course, are due to God.
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