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U.S. Christians rally around home-schooling family facing deportation

home1By Krista Kapralos

When Uwe and Hannelore Romeike’s asylum case is argued Tuesday (April 23) before a panel of federal judges, their lawyers won’t talk about poverty, war, or any of the reasons most immigrants cite in their bid to stay in the U.S.

Instead, they’ll focus on a parent’s right to teach their children at home, which isn’t allowed in the Romeikes’ native Germany. There, home-schooling families face fines, jail time and even loss of custody if their children are not enrolled in a traditional school.

The Romeikes’ lawyers will also talk about their right to teach the Bible during the school day – an angle that has spurred more than 100,000 U.S. conservatives to sign a petition to let the family stay in Tennessee, where they’ve made their home since 2008.

“In Germany there is basically religious freedom, but it ends at least with teaching the children,” Uwe Romeike says in a video produced by the Home School Legal Defense Association, the Christian organization providing the family’s legal support.

Home-schooling families in Europe have become a cause celebre for some U.S. conservatives. The Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom is working with two Swedish home-schooling families, including Christer and Annie Johansson, who lost custody of 11-year-old Domenic when they refused to enroll him in public school.

 

Read more at http://www.religionnews.com/2013/04/22/u-s-christians-rally-around-home-schooling-family-facing-deportation/

 

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1 comment

  1. D says:

    Seriously? Millions around the world facing all sorts of hardship and children raised in the US facing deportation and instead you want to offer asylum to Germans who do not want to send their children to school?

    Not to mention that the persecution claim is bogus on its face. They are citizens of the EU and are perfectly free to move to another EU country that permits home schooling if that is their desire instead of clogging up the US courts and US immigration system.

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