February 13, 2013 by History in a Hurry
Is homeschooling a fundamental parental right? In a recent court case, Obama’s henchmen from the “Department of Justice” said no.
In the below article, a lawyer defending the German homeschooling family in the case, who came to the United States for political asylum, summed up the government’s position thus: “There is no fundamental liberty to homeschool. So long as a government bans homeschooling broadly and equally, there is no violation of your rights.”
How will this argument affect homeschooling freedom in America? On a side note: How long until the United States becomes completely totalitarian? And what motivates statists in life besides chipping away at freedom bit by bit? Do they have any other interests?
Sobering Thoughts from the Romeike Case
By Michael Farris, J.D., LL.M.
HSLDA Founder and Chairman
THE CASE SO FAR
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike fled from Germany to the United States after their family was vigorously prosecuted (fines, forcible removal of their children, threats of jail and more) for homeschooling. Initially, the Romeikes were granted political asylum, but the U.S. government appealed that decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals. That Board sided with the government. HSLDA then appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals—the federal court just below the Supreme Court.
After finishing the final appellate brief last week, HSLDA Founder and Chairman Michael Farris became convinced that the U.S. Attorney General’s argument revealed some very dangerous views of our own government toward our freedom.