The Homeschool Legal Defense Association is helping a family with an unusual, first-of-its-kind application: political asylum in the United States from Germany’s oppressive homeschooling laws.
The Uwe and Hannelore Romeike family fled their native Bissingen, Germany, to escape persecution under a Nazi-era law requiring all children to attend public school to avoid “the emergence of parallel societies based on separate philosophical convictions” that could be taught by parents at home.
Speaking of their new life in Tennessee, Mrs. Romeike told HSLDA, “The freedom we have to homeschool our children 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.”
Mr. Romeike added, “We left family, our home and a wonderful community in Germany. But the freedom is worth it. We hope that our example may pave the way for other families. It is wrong for Germany to persecute homeschoolers. But if they do not want the best and brightest and those who seek freedom, then perhaps the United States will benefit.”
“By standing with our persecuted brothers and sisters in Germany,” says HSLDA President J. Michael Smith, “we hope to inspire American homeschoolers not to take their freedom lightly, but to remember that freedom requires sacrifice. We also hope that with our encouragement and support, change for the better can happen. Our freedoms have long been an inspiration to others all over the world.”
Let’s hope he doesn’t have to flee Obamaland for the same reason in the future. The irony is that it was Prussia (now Germany) that started the compulsory public school concept, which was imported to America by the Progressives, as an excellent decade old article entitled, ‘The “Real” School Is Not Free‘ explains. I highly recommend it to anyone who doesn’t understand why our kids are being deliberately dumbed down by government factory schools. Then, it might occur to you that they did it to us too… and if that doesn’t piss you off, you are programmed beyond hope… go back to sleep. ◄Dave►