Under the National Socialist (Nazi) regime of Adolf Hitler, homeschooling became illegal throughout Germany in 1938. Like collectivists of all varieties, the Nazi tyrant viewed children as property of the state who needed to be properly indoctrinated with its philosophy. Even Boy Scouts were banned while children and adolescents were prodded into joining the Hitler Youth.
Now, Scouting is legal and the Hitler Youth is nothing but a bitter memory for most Germans, but this old Third Reich law is still being aggressively enforced in Germany. “Aggressively enforced” for this family means roughly $10,000 in fines, police visits to their home, and the threat of the government taking their five children away.
What is the dispute over?
They are a homeschooling Christian family, partially because they claim that the State educators are “undermining the tenets of their Christian faith”.
The Romeikes fled Germany in 2008 after authorities fined them thousands in euros and forcibly took their children because they home school. The family petitioned for political asylum in the United States.
In 2010, an American immigration judge granted the persecuted German home-educating family asylum in America to escape from the ruthless campaign being waged in their native land. The Romeikes and their five children were the first family granted asylum for protection of their homeschooling rights.
“We can’t expect every country to follow our Constitution. 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,” explained federal U.S. Judge Lawrence Burman in his decision, adding that the appalling violations were “repellent to everything we believe as Americans” while echoing the pleas of human rights campaigners. “Homeschoolers are a particular social group that the German government is trying to suppress. This family has a well-founded fear of persecution.”
And that was that…or so it seemed.
But Eric Holder is now arguing before the Sixth Circuit to revoke that asylum. “There is no fundamental right to homeschool children” — so says your Attorney-General. Furthermore, because the German law prohibits everyone from homeschooling, Holder says it doesn’t violate the family’s fundamental rights.The United States Supreme Court has made it very clear in the past that religious freedom is an individual right. Yet our current government does not seem to understand this. They only think of us as members of groups and factions. It is an extreme form of identity politics that directly threatens any understanding of individual liberty.
Let me remind you that is the same Eric Holder, who was held in contempt of congress regarding Fast and Furious, who helped Paul Wilson Dorman by Vacating a Board of Immigration Appeals decision (DOMA case for a same-sex couple), and objects to the Supreme Court ruling that Law Enforcement can check the immigration status of people they have legally detained. And don’t forget the recently leaked immigration legislation draft where Obama may offer amnesty to criminal immigrants.
Did you see the discrepancy?
Eric Holder is inventing ways to allow those who do not legally qualify to enter the country to bypass legislation while, at the same time, attempting to strip the asylum that has already been lawfully granted to an applicant that followed all the proper channels.
What does this say about the priorities of the administration?
The Romeikes have five children, and deserve better than to be a political football, and the object of disdain by an activist administration.
For them, this is deeply personal. If they lose, their family is in danger of being torn apart. The parents could face prison simply for trying to exercise their religious freedom against their government’s stated goal of preventing it.
What does this mean for you?
You now have elected officials that believe rights are granted by the government, and are not intrinsic to each person. Your government behaves as if it rules over the people.
This has serious implications, and is one reason Second Amendment proponents are arming themselves. Once a government believes it rules its people, rather than governing them, it will take liberties with that power and you have all the necessary ingredients for tyranny.