IN THE PUBLIC ARENA
A German homeschooling family faces deportation after the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Obama Administration’s decision to deny them amnesty.
The Romeikes, a devout Christian family, fled to the United States in 2008 for the chance to freely homeschool their children – something that is not allowed in their native Germany. There, homeschooling families face persecution, including fines, possible jail time and even the potential loss of custody of their children.
In 2010, an immigration judge granted the Romeikes asylum, but the Board of Immigration Appeals overturned that decision in 2012.
According to a press release issued by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), the court did acknowledge that the U.S. Constitution recognizes the rights of parents to direct the education of their children, but it “refused to concede that the hard treatment of religiously and philosophically motivated homeschoolers in Germany amounts to persecution within our laws on asylum.”
Michael Farris, HSLDA president, told Fox News that Germany bans homeschooling because “they don’t want to have religious and philosophical minorities in their country.”
“That means they don’t want to have significant numbers of people who think differently than what the government thinks,” he continued. “It’s an incredibly dangerous assertion that people can’t think in a way that the government doesn’t approve of.”
The Obama Administration’s stance on this issue should alarm you.
This case, in which the administration is arguing that religious persecution to this family is not enough for asylum even though it may lead to the possible loss of their own children, offers another glimpse into the federal government’s complete disregard for religious freedom. This case, along with multiple other recent events –the IRS targeting religious groups and the hostility toward Christians in the military – demonstrates that religious freedom is not something this administration values.
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