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Being Beastly to the Germans

I
was going to open this column with remarks on the plight of the German Romeike
family, who in 2008 fled Germany to the U.S. to escape the prohibition there
against homeschooling and the severe penalties, such as harsh financial fines
and the removal of children from their homes, for not obeying the state.
But,
unexpectedly, and for unknown reasons, the Department
of Homeland Security
called the organization representing the Romeike
family, the Home School Legal Defense Association, and said the Romeikes had
been granted permanent asylum status and would not be deported back to Germany.
World
War II has been over nearly seventy years, but apparently Germany still has a
Nazi law on the books that requires German parents to send their children to
state schools. In Germany, your children are not your own, neither to teach nor
to claim. They are the state’s. You, the parents, are mere stewards of your children,
and if they are not raised to be good, docile citizens, they will be reclaimed
by the state and removed from your deleterious influence.
Among
other blogs, the Free Republic
reported the astounding and unexpected news:
“Today, a Supervisor with
the Department of Homeland Security called a member of our legal team to inform
us that the Romeike family has been granted “indefinite deferred status”. This
means that the Romeikes can stay in the United States permanently (unless they
are convicted of a crime, etc.) “This is an incredible victory that can
only be credited to our Almighty God.
“We also want to thank those
of who spoke up on this issue–including that long ago White House petition. We
believe that the public outcry made this possible while God delivered the
victory.
Up
until yesterday, the issue has been reported in one fundamentally wrong way:
that the Romeikes were escaping from “religious persecution.” Todd Starnes
of Fox News, for example, feared the worst for the Romeike family after the
Supreme Court refused to listen to their appeal, which would have resulted in almost
instant deportation of the family back to Germany. On March 3rd, in
his article, “Team Obama wins fight to have Christian home-school family
deported,” he wrote:
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to
the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German
homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children.
They wanted to live in a country
where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian
beliefs.
The Romeikes were initially given
asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that
outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution.“The goal in Germany is for
an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department wrote in a legal brief
last year. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop
the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”
On Monday, the Supreme Court
declined to hear the Romeike’s appeal – paving the way for the Christian family
of eight to be deported.
Why
didn’t the Justice Department call with the good news, instead of the DHS? What
was the motive behind the reversal? That remains unknown, but very likely it
was the “negative” publicity of a callous, behemoth government
picking on a single family. The federal government isn’t scoring high in the
likeability polls, lately.
The
issue is not one of mere religious persecution. Certainly the German law
accomplishes that, but isn’t it more than just “religious”
persecution? It’s more than that. It is the negating of one’s convictions,
religious or not, by fiat law backed by government force.
Fundamentally,
the Romeike family fled to the U.S. to escape ideological persecution. That
their reasons were religious are secondary.
As
for the Justice Department’s reasons, that smacks of what could be called
“legal tourism,” that is, respecting an irrational, oppressive law
simply because it is “foreign,” and also because the Obama
administration is friendly to all sorts of oppressive foreign law. It has
nothing to say about the “home-schooling” of the children of Muslim
parents to become unassimilated Americans, whose fealty is pledged first to Islamic
religion and ideology, and not to the country they were brought to or born in. And
don’t get me started on the children
of Mexicans
who prefer to fly the Mexican flag over the American and harass
anyone in public schools out West caught wearing
an American flag
shirt. Our government sides with those invaders, as well. Neither
the Mexicans nor the Muslims face deportation for “home-schooling”
their children. Only European whites.
Starnes
in his Fox News article noted:
There are nearly 12 million
illegal immigrants living the United States. You’d think the Obama
administration could find a place [for] eight immigrants who want to live here
legally.
[Michael] Farris [chairman of the
Home School organization] said the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the
case sends a chilling message to Americans who currently home school their
children. “The administration thinks it’s a privilege to home school – not
a right. We’d better buckle down and be ready to fight them every step of the
way.”
 If the government thinks home-schooling is a
parental privilege, and not a right, then it will work to withdraw that
privilege for the “common good.” Here is arch-liberal MSNBC hostess
Melissa Harris-Perry on the government’s official position on education, as
reported by the Daily
Caller
on April 8th, 2013:
“We have never invested as much
in public education as we should have, because we’ve always had kind of a
private notion of children. Your kid is yours, and totally your responsibility.
We haven’t had a very collective notion of ‘These are our children.’ So part of
it is, we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to
their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong
to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility, and not just the
household’s, then we start making better investments.”

A “kind of private notion of children”?  One that needs to be “broken
through”? Calling home-schooling a “privilege” helps to break
down that notion. After all, parents had little to do with having children.
They didn’t “build them,” the “community” or the government
did by providing roads, jobs, government schools, and beds on which the parents
might conceive children. It’s all so simple, you see.
Police
State USA had an interesting account of another German couple who did not have
a chance to flee Germany over the home-schooling issue. Its September 28th
2013 article, “SWAT-style
raid on German homeschool family
is a reminder of why the Romeikes deserve
U.S. asylum”:
In the early morning hours of
August 29, 2013, a team of at least 20 German state officials, including social
workers, police officers, and special agents descended upon the home of Dirk
and Petra Wunderlich to remove by force their 4 children (ages 7-14) in
Darmstadt, Germany.
The SWAT-style raid was conducted
on the family’s residence because of the Wunderlich’s (pronounced
“VOON-der-lish”) continued homeschooling of their children in violation of the
German ban on the practice of educating one’s own children in accordance with
religious beliefs and beyond the influence of the state-sanctioned curriculum.
The Home School Legal Defense
Association (HSLDA) obtained and translated the court documents that authorized
this use of force to seize the children. They found that the only legal grounds
for removal was the children’s lack of school attendance. The court papers did
not allege abuse or neglect. Nor were the Wunderlichs charged with failing to
provide an adequate education. The law ignores the educational progress of the child;
attendance—and not learning—is the object of the German law. Authorities even
took the children’s passports, making it impossible for the family to escape….
So,
if you’re a parent and raise a child to excel in virtually every subject,
surpassing all the poor clods in the state schools, it doesn’t matter. You must
obey. We will have discipline! Under the threat of further force and never
seeing their children again, the Wunderlichs caved.
As of September 19, the
Wunderlich children have finally been reunited with their parents after
being stolen from them during the raid on their peaceful village
home. German officials ended the three week separation following a court
hearing in which the Wunderlich parents were compelled to promise that they
would send their children back to a state school.
According to HSLDA Chairman
Michael Farris, “When the parents told the authorities that they would send
their kids back to school during the raid, they were told it was too late. What
we’ve seen today is a reversal in the German courts caused by the mounting
international pressure from human rights advocates.”
It’s
interesting to read the stand of the German Federal Constitutional Court’s on
private education when it ruled against another home-schooling family in 2003:
“The
general public has a justified interest in counteracting the development of
religiously or philosophically motivated ‘parallel societies’ and in
integrating minorities in this area.”
Attorney
General Eric Holder, certainly no paragon of freedom of thought, action, or of
anything else, sided with German law and not American law. Notes Police State
USA:
Likewise, in the case of Uwe and
Hannelore Romeike, the Obama Justice Department argued to deny asylum based on
the belief that governments may force parents to send their children to state-sanctioned schools. By siding with the
Germany, Attorney General Eric Holder is endorsing the German government’s
policy in defense of compulsory schooling defined in Art. 6 § 2 as follows:
The care and upbringing of
children is the natural right of parents and a duty primarily incumbent upon
them. The State shall watch over them in the performance of this duty.
And
Art. 7 § 1 adds
:
The entire school system shall be
under the supervision of the state.
Well,
is home-schooling a natural right, or something like a “free cell
phone” from Obama? Is it a right defended by the 14th
Amendment, or a privilege dispensed by the state? Have individuals the right to
choose what their children will learn, or does the state have a
“right” to decide the curricula to make your children better citizens
and better prepared to serve the state and the community? The catch here is
that the state has no such right – only the power to compel through force.
Why
are the German and American governments so opposed to home-schooling, or any
kind of private education? Why has the Department of Justice, and, indeed, the
Obama administration, taken the side of fascism? It’s an easy question to
answer: Power.
The
Federalist had an interesting essay by Jayme Metzgar, “Home Schooling in
Germany and the Future of Freedom
,” on September 18th,
while the Romeike family was awaiting their fate at the hands of a hostile
American government
….Totalitarian dictators
throughout the past century have fully grasped the importance of indoctrinating
children to ensure their dogma takes root. They have also understood that in
order to do this, they must drive a wedge in the relationship between parent
and child.
Adolf Hitler, who instituted the
Hitler Youth in 1926 and made it compulsory for German children a decade later,
explained this strategy: “When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to
your side,’ I say calmly, ‘Your child belongs to us already. What are you? You
will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short
time they will know nothing but this new community’.”
However,
Metzgar adds immediately after that:
However, contemporary German
leaders and liberal American elites ought to be well-aware that robust parental
rights have historically been an invaluable bulwark against totalitarianism.
This is especially true of the parental right to direct the education of one’s
own child.
Perhaps
Metzgar overlooks the fact that the American “elite” – in government,
in academia, in kindergarten through graduate school, the whole
liberal/left/Marxist establishment – wants
totalitarianism to govern the country.
Remember
Elian Gonzales, the six-year-old Cuban boy who in April 2000 was taken from his
relatives in Florida and handed back to Castro’s Communist prison? That
disgraceful event may serve as a concrete symbol of what our government wishes
to do over the long-term to all American children. How else to explain “Common
Core
“?
In
December 2013 the Daily
Mail
reported on what happened to Elian, who is now twenty years old and
thoroughly indoctrinated:
‘Fidel Castro for me is like a
father,’ Gonzalez said in the recent interview. ‘I don’t profess to have any
religion but if I did my God would be Fidel Castro. He is like a ship that knew
to take his crew on the right path.’

In an interview with the Cuban weekly Girón published on the cubadebate.cu
website, Elian, said his experience in Miami when he was six ‘charged me for
life.’ Speaking in his native Spanish, he said his basic rights as a child —
‘the right to be with my father, the right to maintain my nationality and
remain in my cultural context’ — were violated in the United States.
Those days were very sad for me,
which marked me for life’, González said Monday. ‘It never gave me the chance
to think of my mother, who died at sea as a result of the Cuban Adjustment
Act,’ he said, referring to the 1966 U.S. law that allows any Cuban who reaches
the U. S. by any means to be paroled and given residency.
Havana has called the law
‘murderous’ and blamed it for encouraging Cubans to board rickety boats to
cross the Florida Straits in the hopes of reaching the U.S. González said he
“suffered the consequences of the act.’ But he emphasized that “our struggle is
not against the American people; it is against their government.’ He said.
‘From the moment Americans knew of my case, they took to the streets to call
for me to be sent back to my country.’

That’s what our government and the German government wish American and German
children to grow up to be: thoroughly brainwashed ventriloquist dummies
spouting love for the state that reared and educated them.
Our
government was willing to hand Elian over to Castro’s tyranny. When will
American parents stop handing their children over to the brainwashers in
American public schools? When will they stop being beastly to their own
children?

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1 Comment

  1. Edward Cline

    The title of the column is taken from Noel Coward's 1943 song, "Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans." See http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=12833

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