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Obama Inc. Defends German Homeschool Ban as “Promoting Tolerance for a Pluralistic Society”
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On July 9, 2013 @ 11:26 am In The Point | 20 Comments
But don’t worry. Obama Inc. would never outlaw homeschooling here to promote a tolerant and pluralistic society. Just like it would never force religious institutions to fund abortions in the name of a tolerant and pluralistic society.
It can’t happen here. Not till next year at any rate.
The Justice Department said German laws outlawing homeschooling do not constitute persecution and they want a German homeschooling family kicked out of the United States, according to a briefing filed in a high profile asylum case.
“The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department brief states in their battle against the Romeike family. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”
Germany has a national law requiring children to either attend public school or a government-approved private school.
The Romeikes had already been fined and German police once forcibly escorted their five children to school. They were notified that they could ultimately lose custody if they continued to home school.
The family was initially granted asylum, but the Department of Justice objected and demanded the Christian family be deported.
“Attorney General Holder is trying to seek dismissal of this case because he believes that targeting specific groups in the name of tolerance is within the normal legitimate functions of government,” said Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. “This cannot be the ultimate position of the United States without denying the essence of our commitment to liberty.”
In their latest court briefing, the Justice Department referenced international court rulings that held “parents could not refuse the right to education of a child on the basis of the parents’ convictions, because the child has an independent right to education.”
They also referenced a German court ruling that states “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.”
Nothing creepy about any of that. Or as Melissa Harris Perry would say “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.”
Or you know… the state.
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