In 2008 the Romeike family fled to America from Germany because of laws making it impossible to homeschool there. The USA Today website reported: “Homeschooling is so important to Uwe Romeike that the classically trained pianist sold his beloved grand pianos to pay for moving his wife and five children from Germany to the Smoky Mountain foothills of Tennessee.”
School attendance is compulsory in Germany.
“When the Romeikes wouldn't comply with repeated orders to send the children to school, police came to their home one October morning in 2006 and took the children, crying and upset, to school” the article went on to state.
The family was granted asylum in the U.S. in 2010, but appeals were made which they lost. In the court hearing yesterday, in which they were defended by Michal Ferris, the judge stated that the reason the government of Germany has made school attendance compulsory is to teach tolerance. Farris countered, "If that's tolerance, it's a tolerance unknown to a free society" the Christian Examiner reported.
The attempt is currently being made to have the family deported, although the decision may take several weeks to hand down after yesterday’s hearing.
In the United States, that a judge would even consider deporting this family shows how far we have fallen, even while upholding a fair stander of “Tolerance.” I wrote my article on tolerance yesterday before reading reports of the hearing, if I had read the reports first, it would have been about twice as long.
The current administration is attempting to reform immigration, while millions are here illegally. On trial is not whether any particular law should be upheld but rather whether or not homeschooling, Christianity and freedom will be tolerated by those pushing for “Progress” and “Political Correctness.”
This is a blatant attack on Christianity, as the government moves closer towards a police state, where they not only teach the children and take care of the old, but all those not willing to follow the system are marginalized and punished.
If the case is lost it will not only be a blow to freedom and Christianity, but also to the Constitution and America itself. The rights of life, liberty, and property are not as defined by the government but as defined by God. The word “Liberty” includes liberty to be educated at home, without an all-powerful agency being certain that your child has factored enough trinomials today.
Through His Strength We Will Conquer,
Andrew C. Abbott