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D-Day for homeschooling family

Posted By Jane Chastain On 12/04/2013 @ 7:27 pm In Commentary,Opinion | No Comments

In the military, “D-Day” is the coded designation of an important invasion or military operation. The term also has been used to mark the timing for a landmark event or decision.

Such a day is coming for a homeschooling family, the Romeikes, who fled religious persecution in Germany five years ago and are fighting to remain in this country. It is also a D-Day for the protection of individual rights of every U.S. citizen.

The clock now is ticking for the Romeikes and for the Obama administration, which has been ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to respond to a petition by the Home School Legal Defense Association to hear an appeal in the Romeikes’ deportation case. The deadline is Dec. 19.

December is a time when most families are preparing for the holidays. There is little thought given to political matters or court cases. However, if the Romeikes lose this battle, it will have a chilling effect on parental rights here in the United States and likely will effect every U.S. family.

It is important the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to take this case and uphold the protection of individual liberty, a founding principle of this nation.

No doubt this is an unwelcome Christmas present from the high count for a president whose approval rating is at an all-time low. His administration never should have been involved in this case, but it just couldn’t resist. Many will see this as just another opportunity for Barack Obama to use his position to beat up on those who “cling to guns or religion.”

You be the judge: The Romeikes were a productive Christian family in Bissingen, Germany, who were facing exorbitant fines, forcible removal of their children and possible imprisonment for simply homeschooling their children.

Unlike many who have broken into this country and now are being protected by the Obama administration, the Romeikes had both skills and resources. However, they left everything behind and came here with what they could carry in order to preserve the right to direct the education of their children.

Unlike many lawbreakers who enter our county illegally, the Romeikes have not been a drain on their Tennessee community. Uwe Romeike is a talented music teacher and works tirelessly to provide for his family. The Romeikes did everything right. They did not sneak into the country. They applied for political asylum, and, two years later, U.S. Immigration Judge Lawrence O. Burman granted their petition.

That should have been the end of it – but no! The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) objected and appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals, which reversed the decision and ordered the Romeikes deported.

A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals sustained the Obama administration’s revocation of asylum. The HSLDA then appealed this case to the highest court of the land.

It is important for you to know that in Romeike v. Holder, the administration argued that the freedom to determine the education of one’s children is not a fundamental right. This is scary! If that argument is allowed to stand, it means our government then could use the same argument to ban homeschooling here. What about private religious schools? Can they be far behind?

Our government also agreed with the German court that it was necessary to ban homeschooling in order to teach “tolerance of diverse views.” Does any of this sound the least bit familiar?

Germany’s persecution of homeschooling parents has been going on for over a decade.

Presently our law on asylum allows a refugee to stay in this country if he can show that he is being persecuted for many reasons: Among these are religious reasons and persecution of a “particular social group.”

Our government argued that the Romeikes failed to show religions discrimination because they failed to prove that all homeschoolers are religious and because their church did not “require” homeschooling.

This, too, is scary because it means that our government does not understand that religious freedom is an “individual right.” One should be able to follow the dictates of God, not of a particular church.

Those who argue for the government say that if the Romeikes are allowed to remain it would open the floodgate for more of this type of refugees. Would this be so bad? One would not suspect that these refugees would become Democratic voters. Could this be the reason this administration is trying so hard to deport them?

What if they had just entered the country illegally through Mexico?

Here’s hoping that this D-Day does not become “Deportation Day” for the Romeikes!


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