Cologne Cathedral, Germany – In spite of rain and stormy weather Christians in Germany gathered for a flashmob for persecuted Christians on January 10, 2015 in Cologne right beside the famous Cathedral. Open Doors, a ministry serving persecuted Christians worldwide, suggested that these flashmobs be held in major German cities just days after the release of the Open Doors World Watch List which lists the 50 nations with the most Christian persecution.
Focus on the Family Executive: Homeschool Asylum Case “Critical”
The Obama administration is full of liberals who fight against parental rights and specifically the basic freedom to homeschool children. A German family who fled to Tennessee to escape German authorities who persecute Christians who homeschool. Since the Nazi days homeschooling has been outlawed in Germany and today leftists in Germany use education as their jealously held monopoly over children’s worldview training. The states of Tennessee and Georgia have issued resolutions to the German government calling for clear observation of parental rights and less government control in the family matters. To this day Germany owes us a proper response. A response that will bring freedom to those families oppressed or already crushed by the state. Let’s make sure the Romeike family can keep the asylum status in the US instead of being deported back to Germany as some Justice Department obamacrats desire. Back in Germany this family could end up losing custody of their children. Let’s pray for this family and set our priorities on core values like faith, family and freedom! Get involved and sign this petition:
Focus on the Family spokesman and Truth Project founder Dr. Del Tackett yesterday declared his support for HSLDA’s efforts to defend the Romeike family. Tackett believes that the U.S. government is siding with the restrictive homeschooling laws in Germany and that this could have serious implications for American homeschoolers.
“[The U.S. government] doesn’t believe that parents have a right to educate their children,” Tackett said. “It is more in line with the National Education Association that homeschooling shouldn’t be allowed. It believes that the government can best educate ‘America’s children.’ It doesn’t want another worldview taught in this country. It wants America’s children to have one worldview and one worldview only.”
In 2008, the Romeikes fled their home in Germany after facing fines and jail time and came to the U.S. seeking asylum, but now, the Obama Administration is opposing their quest for asylum by saying homeschooling is too vague and amorphous to be protected under asylum law. Their case is now set to be argued in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on April 23 by HSLDA Chairman Mike Farris.
In addition to representing the family in court, HSLDA has also launched a petition on WhiteHouse.gov calling on the Obama Administration “grant full and permanent legal status to Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their children.”
Tackett applauded the petition and urged people to sign it. “This will be the first time that I have advocated signing a petition, but I believe this is a critical issue, one that is being played out behind big media coverage and one that could put a deep chill in the rights of parents in this country to determine the educational direction of their children,” he said.
“We are appreciative of the support from Focus on the Family and encourage others to get behind these modern day Pilgrims who came to America to seek religious freedom for themselves and their children,” said Farris. For more information, go to www.hslda.org/romeike.
Please be salt and light in these last days and participate.
Germany’s educational system is turning into a socialistic forced re-education camp. In Berlin 1st graders are being taught that a family consists of a man and a man or a woman with a woman. They call it “gender mainstreaming” and they are misleading young souls and deceive them with sinful ways of life presenting them as an alternative lifestyle. That is what happens when a society no longer has a final authority – the word of God – and is left to the imagination of their evil heart (Jer. 3:16). That is why America cannot afford to become an ObamaNation for another 4 years. With God’s help we can change to the right. That is why it is smart to consider abolishing the department of education that was just stated in 1980. American education was at its best when there were small schools in communities and textbooks based on a Christian worldview were used.
Since the days of Adolf Hitler’s education law in 1938 homeschooling has not been allowed in Germany but there exists a compulsory school attendance law in every German state. Those who homeschool in Germany have faced outrageous fines in excess of $10,000, had their homes raided by police, lost custody of their children, had their children taken from them by arrogant social workers. Children were removed from homes by social workers and put into government custody. Parents in the state of Northrhine-Westphalia have been repeatedly imprisoned for homeschooling their children. Homeschooling families have fled Germany and gone to Austria, Norway, Britain and the US. In fact, one family was granted asylum in the state of Tennessee. The states of Tennessee and Georgia released unanimous resolutions calling on Germany to respect parental rights such as the right of parents to guide the upbringing and education of their own children. But in Germany children have become a ward of the state and government control of childrearing and education is increasing through legal changes under the Merkel and Schröder administration. We must reverse this trend and stop the criminalization of traditional family in Germany. No parent should be imprisoned for homeschooling. No parent should be imprisoned for taking their children out of licentious and questionable “sex education” programs. Education is a state matter in Germany, so this petition is addressed to the governer (Ministerpräsidentin) of the state of Northrhine-Westphalia where I live and which is most notorious for repeatedly imprisoning Christian mothers and father for homeschooling or releasing their children from classes that oppose their Christian views. Please sign the petition below!
A Christian woman from Georgia commented on the German developments: “I find it really sad that the children there are subjected to that kind of teaching. I don’t understand how schools can teach against Christianity.” She wanted to be added to the list of petitioners. Please get involved now and share this news with others.
I want to thank the Tennessee House of Representatives for House Resolution 87 that was adopted and signed 05/26/2009. As a German who lived in Tennessee for a long time I have personally seen the positive fruit of homeschooling. Unfortunately, the Federal Republic of Germany does not allow homeschooling and persecutes those who do. The entire German family, education and social politics are dominated by the leftists and remind me of the communist regime in east Germany. For example, the German government today supports the concept of nationwide government-sponsored day-care to force women into the workplace and lure children into politically-correct indoctrination including anti-God and pro-gay/anti-family propaganda and recruiting. This is a scandal. Many families fall for this because of the high cost of living and completely overtaxed European “way of survival” (it sure ain’t a “way of life”).
In the midst of all this I am thankful to the Tennessee House of Representatives for unanimously adopting a resolution calling upon the German government to respect basic parental rights such as the right of parents to determine the education and religious upbringing of their children. In the meantime a German family has been seeking for asylum in the state of Tennessee because in Germany they feared losing custody of their children because they were homeschooling.
Here is the full text of the resolution. Let me encourage you to do one thing: Please send it to as many German schools, officials, politicians and friends as you know so that country can experience a rebirth of faith, family and freeedom instead of falling deeper into antichristian apostasy.
HOUSE RESOLUTION 87
By DeBerry J.
A RESOLUTION calling on the Federal Republic of Germany to recognize the rights of parents to raise their children, and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, German citizens are seeking political asylum in the State of Tennessee to escape persecution and imprisonment by the German government related to their parental rights; and
WHEREAS, members of this body recognize the importance of religious liberties and the right of parents to determine their children’s upbringing and the method in which their education should be provided; and
WHEREAS, parental choice and involvement are crucial to excellence in education; and
WHEREAS, denial of the basic right of parents to choose the manner in which their children are educated goes against the ideals of individual liberty and freedom; and
WHEREAS, home educated students in Tennessee have continually exhibited high standards of academic achievement and citizenship; and
WHEREAS, the Federal Republic of Germany infringes upon the parental rights of its citizens to direct their children’s education, using threats of imprisonment, seizure of their children, and other forms of coercion; and
WHEREAS, the federal government of the Federal Republic of Germany justifies its policy against home education on a desire to prevent the emergence of parallel societies based on separate philosophical convictions, thus denying freedom of speech, religion, association, and thought; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED SIXTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY, that the members of this body respectfully entreat the Federal Republic of Germany to recognize the basic, fundamental rights of parents and allow its citizens to determine the educational upbringing of their own children.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to the Federal Republic of Germany’s Secretariat of the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs, and its Federal Ministry of Education and Research.