Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Homeschooling parents apply for political asylum

Not sure what I think of this. Since when is homeschooling a partisan political position, worthy of protections? Hmmm.

This is hitting several of the right wing blogs, including World Net Daily. These are the kinds of immigrants they approve of!

Christian News Wire reports:

HSLDA Files Political Asylum Case

Contact: Ian Slatter, Home School Legal Defense Association, 540-338-8663

PURCELLVILLE, Virginia, Nov. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- A homeschooling family who recently fled Germany has filed for political asylum in the United States. "The persecution of homeschoolers in Germany has dramatically intensified," said HSLDA staff attorney Michael P. Donnelly. "They are regularly fined thousands of dollars, sent to prison, or have the custody of their children taken away simply because they choose to home educate."

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike formerly of Bissingen, Germany along with their five children made it to the United States in August of this year. The family has settled in Eastern Tennessee where they have been warmly welcomed by local homeschool supporters and are being assisted by HSLDA.

Uwe Romeike, a music teacher, and his wife Hannelore, are grateful for the support they have received from HSLDA and American homeschoolers.

"The freedom we have to homeschool our children in Tennessee is wonderful. We don't have to worry about looking over our shoulder anymore wondering when the youth welfare officials will come or how much money we have to pay in fines," said Mrs. Romeike.

"We have received so much love and support," said Mr. Romeike. "Our children are no longer homesick. They are so happy to be homeschooled here. We left family members, our home, and a wonderful community in Germany, but the well-being of our children made it necessary."

"By supporting a political asylum application we will be able to shine the light of truth on this real and ongoing problem. A successful application will provide a path to safety for German homeschool families escaping persecution," said Donnelly.

HSLDA, with support from the Alliance Defense Fund, has hired immigration attorney Will Humble of Houston, Texas to handle this groundbreaking case.

For more information about Germany's persecution of homeschoolers, visit www.hslda.org/germany.
Why is homeschooling more worthy of asylum than trying to get a decent job in the USA? Is this dad employed? (Of course, with all his new right wing droogs, he will likely get a pretty good gig.)

I am continually amazed by which immigrants get the green light and have their causes championed, and which don't.


marina said...

people will use any idea, or excuse for any cause. so now homeschooling found it's way into that fantasy.
Happy Thanksgiving!

JoJo said...

I really don't think homeschooling should be one of the things for which immigrants are granted political asylum.

thene said...

So political asylum is what you do when you don't want to pay a little fine? Wow.

I am continually amazed by which immigrants get the green light and have their causes championed, and which don't.

One from the UK not long ago; Mehdi Kazemi, who fled Iran because his boyfriend had been executed for the 'crime' of sodomy. The best part is that the Home Office initially rejected his asylum bid and were wanting to deport him last March.

Sha said...

Yeah, here in Oklahoma, most home-schoolers I know of are either incredibly lazy (since the system is poorly regulated and anyone can declare that they are educating their children at home) or paranoid fundagelical kids who I wouldn't really want to share a class with anyway.

Traditional Family Resources said...

Here in California, the education boards are working together with legislators to ban homeschooling. But why? You must ask yourself, what threat are children who are educated outside of the control matrix to them?

I guess I just answered my own question.

I find this German couples motives to be viable, as if they did not trust their most valued asset to their states education system, but rather chose to come here in order to give their children an education without the corruption of public schools, they should be commemorated rather than degraded for their efforts to secure the well being of their family.

mzbitca said...

I think the issue here, at least to me, is not that the German's couple's reason isn't viable, but why the desire to have a better job and healthcare for your family isn't as equally as viable.

Alyson said...

I think that article reads like someone was changing the name to something else, or homeschooling is being used as a euphemism for something else...you know? And now I'm distracted by what "persecuted for homeschooling" could really mean and am unable to take the article seriously.

Homeschooling - the not euphemism - is a slippery slope. There are some very qualified people out there who make a logical choice to educate their children at home and then there are crazy people - and both sets risk having children that are too sheltered and lacking in their education. I dunno...there are so many ways for homeschooling to go wrong depending on who the parent is, reasons for homeschooling, the level of education of the parent and his/her qualifications for being a teacher, etc etc etc.

Octogalore said...

"Why is homeschooling more worthy of asylum than trying to get a decent job in the USA?"

Good question.

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Antioch said...

as a former german, i suggest that you all read up what the consequences are if one in germany wants to home school.

also, religious freedom is an other reason he wants to be here.