Auf Wiedersehn

4 12 2006

Filed under: Homeschooling, Christianity, Germany, Courts

This is precisely why we can’t afford to allow liberals any where near positions of power, espcially judgeships, that want to look to Europe for “guidance” in court rulings.

The news in September read like a script for The Sound of Music 2006 : Austria Today reported German police jailed Katharina Plett for her refusal to obey a Nazi-era law banning home schooling. The next day, her husband and children fled across the border to Austria.

The European Court of Human Rights later upheld Germany’s right to prosecute home schoolers. Russian Baptist home schoolers—mostly Russian Baptist immigrants and German Mennonites, who form the nucleus of the mostly underground movement in Germany.

Prosecution is spreading to other European nations. The Belgium constitution allows home schooling, but police have threatened home-schooling parents with arrest, according to reports posted on the conservative Brussels Journal Web site in August. The reason for the threats, according to police, is that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international treaty signed by Belgium (but not by the United States), now imposes restrictions on parental rights in educational matters.

There’s a threat to the hard-won right to home school in America, too. One need only think back to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court’s verdict last year in the Palmdale, Calif., School District sex-survey scandal, which declared that a parent’s right to guide his or her child’s education “does not extend beyond the threshold of the school door.”

Alliance Defense Fund in Scottsdale, Ariz., is concerned that American judges will follow the European court’s lead and issue an outright ban on home schooling.

“We will fight any attempt by opponents of American home schoolers to seize upon this opinion and attempt to import it into U.S. courts,” said Benjamin Bull, chief counsel for ADF.

There are an estimated 1.2 million home schoolers in the United States.

Take Action

Alliance Defense Fund is lending financial support to beleaguered home schooling parents. Contact: ADF, 15333 North Pima Rd., Suite 165, Scottsdale, AZ 85260; phone: 800-TELL-ADF; fax: 480-444-0025

Home School Legal Defense Association suggests that American parents come to the defense of German home schoolers by contacting:

Wolfgang Ischinger, Ambassador, German Embassy, 4645 Reservoir Road N.W., Washington, DC, 20007-1998; phone: 202-298-4000

While this is old news in this cyber-age we live in, let it serve as a reminder that looking to European courts, as many liberal judges claim we need to, could have astounding effects on lives as we know. We might not be as liberal and considered largly Christian by the rest of the world, but I’d rather play offense than defense.

No government knows how to raise my children better than I do and only an extreme leftist mind would disagree. In our free enterprise system, we live in a “free country.” The Founders’ intention of a “free country” was that, among several other things, each individual is free to be responsible and do the right thing. Liberals interpret “free country” to mean we can do anything we want, regardless of the concequences. Apply their reasoning to abortion. War. Punishing criminals. It’s all there.

We probably not as far behind as the rest of the world thinks. Which is why now is the best time to go on offense.

The Wide Awakes trackbacked with: Auf Wiedersehn

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