Country Living Series

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Help the German homeschoolers

As you may or may not know, a German homeschooling that was being persecuted (and I don't use that word lightly) in Germany is seeking asylum in the United States. Even though we accept without question millions of illegal immigrants, somehow the current administration cannot see fit to offer asylum to the Romeike family and wants to send them back to Germany.


Germany does not tolerate homeschooling, and German homeschoolers have been cruelly persecuted before. The German authorities had levied thousands of dollars in fines against this particular family and planned to put a lien on their home. If they are forced to return to Germany, they will face criminal charges, fines, jail sentences, and their children will be removed from their custody. If that doesn't sound like an excellent foundation for asylum, I don't know what does.

The Homeschool Legal Defense Association has taken on their case. A three-judge panel in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case of Romeike v. Holder on April 23.

I am asking you to sign a petition addressed to the White House to offer permanent legal status to this family. The petition can be found HERE.


This petition needs nearly 75,000 more signatures in the next three weeks before the White House will give an official response. Please sign the petition, and pass the link to your friends, family, church groups, or other interested parties.

Additional information on the Romeike case can be found here, here, and here.

28 comments:

  1. I went on to read two of the linked articles (at this time the center link is not attached to a story), and I'm asking, what is being left out of the story here? Both articles linked state the family is facing religious persecution, but don't state how. One says they are devoutly Christian, but I've never heard it is against the law to be Christian in Germany. So what is the rest of the story?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Homeschooling is the rest of the story. The education system in Germany, in addition to other issues, teaches "sex education" starting from the very earliest ages in a manner that is anathema to those of us who follow Biblical teaching. Everything about Germany's education system is not only antithetical to Biblical Christianity but is deliberately structured to indoctrinate children away from it. The children spend long hours under the tutelage of the government schools so there is very little time with parents to counteract those teachings with Biblical truth. Stay tuned, because that is also the intention here in the U.S.

      Delete
  2. I can agree with the good intentions but I cannot agree with the asylum. Asylum is the most abused system in the world and it is not fair to citizen just as illegal immigration and the amnesty that is coming down the track is not fair to citizens. We do not need more people in the U.S. we cannot educate and employee those who are already here. As a tax payer we are all paying for illegals and asylum seekers along with millions of citizen slackers. The country is on the verge of an economic collapse and the costs of illegals, asylum, aid to foriegn countries and welfare are the primary causes. It is coming, we are going to have and may already be in another great depression with massive sufferring. What in the heck are we doing wasting our time and money in a misguided effort to make matters worse.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Um, I don't think these people are expecting you to pick up the tab for their kids' education or anything else. This isn't an issue of them coming here to mooch off our welfare system. They have a work ethic, they have family values, they are and will educate their own.

      Delete
    2. Anon, please call the White House and demand that Obama's family members who have overstayed their visas by years be immediately deported. They fit the description that you mentioned @ 0821 and should be leaving on the next jet plane.

      Unfortunately, even here in the USofA homeschoolers who teach a Biblical world view are brought before the judge on trumped up charges. Years ago, home school was the answer for religious objectors to our public school system. Home School Legal Defense stood before the bar in all 50 states defending the right to teach Biblical principles to our children. In Germany you don't have that option, you must obey the state.

      Dave

      Delete
    3. You do not think you will pay for asylum seekers? And even if these good people prefer to work hard and support themselves will they displace an American worker when they find a job? Do you believe our politicians and our laws should protect and benefit our citizens or people from other countries? We are bankrupt. Most of the fault for that bankruptcy is our excessive "welfare" system. Most legal and illegal immigrants are big time users of our welfare system. They are draining the federal coffers. Legal Russian citizens have made a carear out of claiming disability. legal immigrants from Africa cluster together and a number of our cities and live off welfare and refuse to work. Are you simply uninformed and think everything is lollipops and roses? do we actually "NEED" more immigrants legal or illegal? Are all of our citizens working at productive jobs and our government so economically well off that we actually NEED more immigrants??????

      I lived in Germany for four years and it is a democratic country with adults in charge to even imply these people are running from some rogue government that is persecuting them is ludicrious. If you can set a precedent by allowing "asylum" from Germany then where are the limits?

      Delete
    4. We NEED these types of immigrants, and apparently, you've never home schooled in Germany. To say that any of the European countries are any more democratic than ours is right now is laughable anyway. This is one family I would LOVE to have move in next to me. I live in a place that's swamped with illegals from south of the border. I don't even want to go into the stupid crap my sister sees working at the police station everyday.

      ~Lily~

      Delete
    5. We have 15% unemployment do we "need" any immigrants? What we need is to make the changes in our own country that would improve the conditions for business and improve our own education system so all students can get a decent education. Would you be OK with millions or tens of millions of Germans/Europeans getting asylum here? It is ludicrious to believe these people "need" to be saved by "big brother". Europe is a great place to live and raise a family and Germany is the cream of the crop. You make it sound like Zimbabwe.

      Delete
  3. I've been following this family for some time now. I believe the family is being persecuted primarily because they chose to homeschool in Germany. I would gladly sign a petition on their behalf IF I didn't have to register with the Whitehouse in order to do so. I have no problem donating to Homeschool Legal Defense fund, and designating $ to help this family. Anyone can donate anonymously if they choose to.

    ReplyDelete
  4. No thank you. I sympathize w/ the fact that they are being persecuted; however, I do not agree w/ granting them asylum. They need to deal with their issue with their own money; not the American taxpayer's funds.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I keep seeing this argument. Can someone please tell me how granting them asylum would cost the taxpayers of the US? Perhaps I am out of the loop, but these people are educated, productive and moral. Given their ethical stances, I cannot imagine them willingly becoming a burden on society. They are highly trained professionals capable of sustaining their own daily lives. It isn't the American taxpayer fronting their legal bill. A private homeschool organization is.

      Why is it that an administration that is falling all over itself to grant ayslum for millions of undocumented, uneducated, welfare-receiving laborers is hell bent on deporting this professional, capable, conservative family? Is it because the government would be admitting that parents have a right to something other than state-run education schemes? Is it because the government would be admitting that parents have rights in general? Is it because the parents don't fit the demographic that would toe the line of the current administration?

      I'd think that freedom loving Americans would welcome this family with open arms. Regardless, the government has an immigration quota to fill this year...wouldn't you rather these folks part of it?

      Delete
    2. Why grant asylum to anyone? Why should our politicians put anyone ahead of our citizens? We are not the welfare office for the rest of the world. If this family has a problem with their country of origin they need to deal with it there not run to daddy Warbucks USA. Our taxes are alreadey excessive and going up. Our government already borrows as much as they can and are planning on borrowing more. How much more do we taxpayers have to give to make you and other beelding hearts "feel good"? Let these people solve their own problems in their own country and stop making me pay for your good intentions.

      Delete
    3. Right...and I'm going to assume you are full-blooded native american. If not, how the heck did you get here? Your elitist tone is NOT what founded the United States of America. Hard work of immigrants of some sort or another did. Bottom line is that (legal)immigration happens. It's a good thing those bleeding heart Indians didn't turn back the Mayflower.

      Our taxes are going up because of the laziness and self-imposed entitlement of our OWN people, not just welfare receiving immigrants. Don't believe it, then make a day trip to your local DSS or Social Security office.

      Do you own anything made outside the USA...ANYTHING made in or from articles produced in Asia or South America or India? If so, you can count yourself among the rest of us "bleeding hearts" running down the U.S.A., depleting the tax base, and contributing to the welfare state. Do you follow a 100% healthy diet and active lifestyle? If not, then you're with the rest of us "bleeding hearts" running up health care costs. I'll bet if you look hard enough, you'll see you contribute to the problem.

      Delete
    4. Elitist tone??!! Again I ask; who should the politicians be working for the citizens or people who live in ohter countries??? Is that TOO elitist for you?

      I am indeed as full blooded an American as anyone else living here. Where do you think Indians came from? They are immigrants from Asia.

      The bottom line is we do not need any more immigrants. We are the third largest country in population, we are no longer under-populated and haven't been for 100 years. What we need is a government that puts it's citizens first. We need more jobs for our young people, better schools that don't produce graduates who cannot read and write. We do not "need" immigrants.

      Delete
  5. The "register", only provide your name and email (zip code is optional).

    The Hitler era law in Germany is there may be no "parallel societies" therefore they MUST attend government schools. These people have been fined heavily, put in jail, and threatened to have their children taken away becuase they want to teach their children their Christian faith at home!

    If asylum is granted, there is no government money going to them. They want to live, work and educate their children in freedom!

    Sincerely,
    DWLee3
    Bend, Oregon

    ReplyDelete
  6. Patrice, tried to register at the site, but after signing the register and pasting the site to finish the process, it said the site was no longer available. Hmmm...did I do something wrong, or are "they" taking the site down?
    Jean

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I get the same thing. Maybe they're telling the truth and the ARE upgrading their site, in which case I'll try again tomorrow.

      - Patrice

      Delete
  7. they deserve asylum. religious persecution. however, i do not want the whitehouse to have it easy to get into my computer or other personal stuff so i won't 'register'.
    the gov't. will have all your info soon enough anyway and if you think you are safe in a 'redoubt', think again. it just means you are all in a convenient place for rounding up or extermination. my mom is a european war bride and i know whereof i speak.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Sorry, Germany is part of the EU and this family is free to move to another EU nation which allows homeschooling under the law. They want a free fast ride for US passports. Ship them back to Europe.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Well, I signed a few minutes ago and also posted to Facebook. I wasn't crazy about registering my name and email address either, but I figure the govt already knows all about me anyway. And Anonymous at 12:04, other EU countries are also cracking down on homeschooling families.
    Kay

    ReplyDelete
  10. I had the same thing and then went back to this blog and clicked again and it worked. Signed and spread the word.

    ReplyDelete
  11. As Anon said above, Germany is part of the EU and EU citizens have the right to live in any of the EU states. I have several friends here in the UK who Homeschool because they find that state schools are too restrictive in what they teach and how they do it. Other than the education dept checking that they are teaching their children they have no problems. As far as I know denmark, norway, netherlands, belgium austria UK spain all accept homeschooling.
    These people are looking for an easy way in to the USA.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Everyone, you are missing a big point. This family was already granted asylum. They have been here, working and homeschooling since 2010, living in Tennessee. This administration, after they already won asylum, has now sought to revoke the previously granted asylum. That is the biggest red flag. That means that this administration has fired the first shot in the war against homeschooling in this country. This is the first step, to block asylum, the next will be to impose federal control over homeschooling families, probably via common core and the like.

    And one more thing, shame on all of you who made the judgement that they shouldn't be granted asylum in the first place. This country began with those seeking refuge from religious persecution in Europe. Have we slipped so far in our education system that you don't remember that fact? Better principled immigrants who come through the front door than those who sneak in from the South.

    Renee

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There was a time when we needed immigrants. But now we have a population well in excess of 300 million and there is no purpose in having new immigrants. Would you still want to grant asylum if it were a million people? 10 million? 100 million? Why? We cannot even affor to take care of the citizens why import more problems?

      Delete
  13. I'm not sure if I have ever commented on any of your posts before, however, I signed this petition. I really enjoy your blog, I read it for your insight on gardening and raising animals. I'm not Christan, but I would love to homeschool, but I don't think that I would be able to homeschool while tackling all my gardening and other plans. I'm not your typical reader and I'm sure many of your actual readers wouldn't really like me so to say for how my life has turned out so far.

    Which has made me shy of posting anything.
    However, being that I am studying to become a highschool English teacher(I would love to stay/work at home) it is really upsetting to me when problems with those who wish to homeschool arise.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Blodeuwedd, you're always welcome here. I dropped by your blog, liked it very much, and urge you to pick it up again (although you sound like you're awfully busy). I admire the fact that you're making some amazing lemonade out of some of the lemons you've faced in your life. Best of luck.

      - Patrice

      Delete
  14. The American people are being scammed by this family. As EU citizens, they have a legal right to live and work in any EU country. They could live in the UK and home school. They have chosen to live in the US and are using their kids to garner sympathy. Don't fall for this scam.

    ReplyDelete