Pray for the Protection of the Rights of a Family Persecuted Under a Nazi Law

There are some major “culture war”-type cases currently pending before the Supreme Court. And, apart from the HHS Contraceptive Mandate, and the ongoing legal battle to redefine marriage, and a host of other big issues, here’s another reason to pray: the Romeike family. The Supreme Court scheduled a “review conference” (the meeting in which justices decide which certiorari petitions to grant) for the Romeike v. Holder case this Monday (February 24).

The Romeikes are a Christian, German family who seek asylum in this country to escape persecution and criminal punishment for homeschooling their children, based upon a law that was enacted by the Nazis in 1938.

The Obama Justice Department’s response? Reject their pleas for asylum and send them back, where if they persist in homeschooling their kids, the children are likely to be forcibly removed from the home.

I’ve written about this family here before. They fled their German homeland and have sought asylum here (who knew the American government would decline to grant them asylum?) because homeschooling in Germany isn’t legal. Attendance at school in Germany is compulsory, and defended at law to “promote socialization, pluralism, tolerance and democracy.” 

If you’re unsure of your position on this issue, consider that the Church teaches us that “the right and the duty of parents to educate their children are primordial and inalienable.” (CCC 2221). That means that a government’s opinion about which educational track is best for your children does not trump your opinion. It’s your right and duty to see that your children are educated — not the government’s.

This Christian family believes that their children will be best served by being homeschooled. The German law which prevents them from homeschooling is a holdover from the early years of Nazi legislation; in 1938, Hitler’s National Socialists “passed a law making it a criminal offense if parents did not send their children to their schools,” but “these laws were never changed after the war in order to allow for home schooling, which had been possible before.”

In opposing the Romeike’s asylum petition, President Obama’s Justice Department is essentially defending the application of a law passed by the Nazis, the intended purpose of which was to force German kids into schools, where they could be more easily propagandized. Now, the law is defended on the basis that it will “promote socialization, pluralism, tolerance and democracy,” but that wasn’t its original aim.

How is this not news?


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