Wednesday, April 10, 2013

It can happen here . . .

Living in the United States, we have the freedom to worship and the freedom to provide the education that we feel is best for our children. Every family is different, and many of us choose to homeschool and that freedom is being threatened now more than ever before.

The Romeike family came to the United States legally from Germany and were granted asylum by an immigration judge, who determined that their basic human rights were being violated in Germany. There, homeschooling is banned so the government can push their worldview on the children. Children can be taken away, fines and jail time are handed out to those who try to homeschool. This is what the Romeike family went through in Germany. They left everything they had to come here to escape persecution. They were granted asylum only to have it revoked. Now, Home School Legal Defense Assoc. (HSLDA) is appealing their case to the next level.

There is more involved here than just the safety and rights of the Romeike family, more even than the rights of homeschoolers in the United States. It is another threat on our religious freedom, many in our government do not understand that religious freedom is our individual right. It is also a threat to our rights as parents, just this week, MSNBC host and Tulane University professor, Melissa Harris-Perry was quoted as saying “we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”

Stand with the Romeike family, their case is coming before the US Court of Appeals on April 23, please pray for them. If you are led, sign the petition to support the Romeike family asking that the government give them permanent legal status.

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