The Statue of Liberty says “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” It doesn’t say anything about homeschoolers.
You might remember that German family, the Romeikes, that fled their home country because they weren’t allowed to homeschool their children and were threatened with losing custody of their children. You might also recall that they applied for asylum in America.
But the U.S. Justice department led by Attorney General Holder decided that the right to educate your children as you see fit wasn’t important enough and they rejected the family’s bid. So they took their case to court.
But today, a U.S. appeals court incredibly and horribly sided with the U.S. Justice Department and denied the family asylum. If this decision stands, they will be returned to Germany where they risk having their children being taken from them if they continue refusing to send their children to the German public schools.
Think about that. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the freedom to educate one’s children as one sees fit is not a fundamental right – at least not enough for asylum seekers.
The Home School Legal Defense Association, which represented the Romeikes in the case, said it will appeal the decision.
“We believe the Sixth Circuit is wrong, and we will appeal their decision,” Michael Farris, HSLDA founder and chairman, was quoted as saying in The Christian Post. “America has room for this family, and we will do everything we can to help them.”
This is a disturbing decision. It’s odd that in the same time we’re refusing to secure our southern border and we’re seeking to legalize millions, we’re not allowing families that are seeking the freedom to educate their children.
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May 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm
Suzanne Carl was filled with trepidation. She had decided, finally, that this year, Anno Domine 2013, she would not pay her taxes. She cocked her shotgun and waited for the horde.
A thick line of gore snailed down the metal gullet of a sulfurous, steaming machine. An IRS employee had recently fed a fresh abortion into the inferno that stoked B.A.A.L. (Basic Accounting and Auditing Laboratory) as it was known in the department. The scent of root and putrescence hung almost like a physical body in the air. The analyst glimpsed briefly at the filmy screen that winked images and names at him; there was a new one, Suzanne Carl. The intern flicked a button with his talon, andl hell broke loose in a beeline for Oklahoma.
TO BE CONTINUED…
May 16, 2013 at 5:11 pm
I said 'I wouldn't' not that I don't give money to the government. I have a family, and can't martyr myself for a cause right now.
As to the other question, I teach public speaking. I spend much of my classroom time telling my students all of the rights and responsibilities associated with the First Amendment. I explain to them that how the government spends our money is directly related to what they want us to think, say, and do.
I am not a complete lone wolf in my department. But if we give over our indoctrination centers to the opposition completely, pretty soon there will be no one who can think logically.
My point is this (repeated again for the short-bus people who remain anonymous): Where your money goes is a way of expressing your beliefs. You pay for what you value. Refusing to pay for something says you do not value it. Receiving money from someone with whom you have profound ideological differences is cooperation in their ideology (taking money from a hit-man to pay for his victim's funeral).
Yes I teach at a state school. However, unlike many state schools, mine is not completely over-run by the left, or I would be out of a job. In order to reduce the money I give to the state, we give as much as possible to charities that fight the system. This minimizes but does not completely do away with our complicity in corruption.
I hope that addresses your concerns.
By the way, your creepy, violent word choices are actually NOT protected speech based on First Amendment case law. You should have taken my class.
May 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm
Sorry, Sue. I don't take classes at shitty state schools.