Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Germany Persecutes Homeschoolers . . . With Obama’s Help

When I first heard about German authorities seizing the children of the Wunderlich family because they homeschooled, I was horrified.  But I hoped it was an outlier.  Perhaps because of wishful thinking, I did not connect the dots very well although I did remember that it was Hitler who outlawed homeschooling in Germany.

Kevin Williamson does connect the dots.  He points out that totalitarian statists hate homeschooling. For totalitarians seek “to bring political discipline to every aspect of life — and control of education is essential to that project.”

And guess which totalitarian is helping Germany in persecuting homeschoolers? Barack Hussein Obama, particularly in the case of another homeschooling family, the Romeikes:

The Romeike family was granted asylum in the United States because the German government was intent on wresting away the children and putting the parents in cages for the crime of homeschooling their children, which is verboten in Germany, a legacy of the country’s totalitarian past. The Obama administration, which in other notable areas of immigration law has enacted a policy of “discretion” regarding deportations, took the Romeike family to court to have its asylum protections revoked, and succeeded in doing so. The family has appealed to the Supreme Court, which has ordered the Obama administration to respond to the Romeikes’ petition, but the administration has so far refused to do so.   

And it is yet another case of Obama attacking freedom of religion.

Of course it doesn’t help that homeschooling is associated in the public mind with a particular strain of Evangelical Christianity, as in the case of the Romeike family. It is distasteful, but it should not be a surprise that the Obama administration has no objection to the political and religious suppression of such unruly Christians — the Obama administration is doing the same thing to the Little Sisters of the Poor and other Christian groups that it finds inconvenient.

Germany still clearly has a loathsome persecuting totalitarian streak . . . and so does Barack Obama.

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