In Loco Parentis? (Or Just Plain Loco)

From Joe Carter:

The Story: In a political asylum case involving a German family that fled to the United States to be able to homeschool their children, the U.S. Justice Department is arguing that the freedom to choose to

  1. Tommy De Seno
    C

    Fundamental right to educate your children? 

    It’s a fundamental obligation.

    The right to do it should be assumed.

  2. Jeff Schulte

    Simply amazing.  They won’t deport people who come in illegally, and they allow others in for just about any other reason under the sun. The DOJ just seems to be malicious in this case.

  3. Rob Long
    C

    You can’t come to America to exercise your religious freedom?  Good thing the Pilgrims didn’t know that.

  4. Percival
    Send me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning for food stamps and Obamaphones.

    Get used to it.

  5. Frank Soto
    C

    The Justice Dept. is also taking the position that the Romeike’s do not meet the definition of a “particular social group” because their faith does not require them to homeschool.

    This is nuts.  So the justice dept is a better judge of what is required by their faith?  

  6. Pelayo

    This is disgusting behavior on the part of the DOJ, but it is entirely consistent with a Marxist view of the role of Government in society.  Anyone who has not yet realized that Obama and Holder are Marxist needs to open their eyes.  Any Marxist will immediately try to break down the influence of the traditional family and organized religion in society.  Both are threats to the Government’s ability to indoctrinate children.  In other words, Marxists don’t want children to obey their parents or their God, they want them to obey the almighty Government leaders who know what is best for them.

  7. Trace

    Never mind religious conviction. The notion that the government can insist that your children attend a government school is incredibly chilling period. I hope this gets appealed to the Supreme Court. We need a firm line drawn in the sand here. The government’s argument is truly absurd.

    It is so discouraging to see the extent to which the Department of Justice has been politicized. Given the lengths to which it seems prepared to go to relax immigration rules with respect to Mexico, its pursuit of this case seems purely ideological.

  8. Hartmann von Aue

    Try in loco tyrannis. That’s closer to the mark in describing the current administration.

  9. katievs

    Mario is exactly right.  This is why the left has always been intent on destroying the family and the Church.  They want nothing between them and the individual.

    And they want those individuals debased and debauched and dependent beyond the point of resistance to Power.

  10. Bryan G. Stephens

    This is normal mind set in the education establishment. They don’t approve of homeschooling in general because they are worried parents will do a “poor job”.

  11. The King Prawn

    Department of INJustice.

  12. Cornelius Julius Sebastian
    Rob Long: You can’t come to America to exercise your religious freedom?  Good thing the Pilgrims didn’t know that. · 23 minutes ago

    Exactly, you beat me to it! Good thing the Obama administration’s Dept. of Justice wasn’t waiting for them at Plymouth Rock. 

  13. Tommy De Seno
    C
    Percival: Send me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning for food stamps and Obamaphones.

    Get used to it. · 25 minutes ago

    I’m stealing this line.

    Sue me.

    It’s worth it.

  14. Jordan Wiegand
    katievs: Mario is exactly right.  This is why the left has always been intent on destroying the family and the Church.  They want nothing between them and the individual.

    And they want those individuals debased and debauched and dependent beyond the point of resistance to Power. · 0 minutes ago

    This is it.  Destroying prepolitical institutions, such as marriage, Church, and the family are central to the progress of the state.  When the individual has a network of institutions beyond government the state’s power is threatened.

    These prepolitical institutions are, in the final analysis, invincible from such attacks, but not invulnerable, and these statists types will deal significant harm before they are done.

  15. DocJay

    Eric Holder is so awesome.   An oppressive, tyrannical murderer,  who looks like Moe the bartender of the Simpsons,  gets to decide folks’ fates based on his ideology and not the law.   This same gun grabbing racist scum has big plans, some of which include ending religious freedom.  Be vigilant.  

  16. ThePullmanns

    For anyone who is interested, I spoke with Uwe Romeike a little more than a year ago about their case: http://american.com/archive/2010/october/the-homeschool-movements-german-lesson/. It discusses why the Germans believe governments should mind-control children (hint: Nazis, ironically). 

    My major comment on the legality and Holder’s madness is that the Supreme Court has consistently held that parents have the right to direct their children’s education, not the government or schools. That’s why the Amish don’t have to send kids to school or register their schools or homeschooling. I do not know that this extends to foreign citizens, but given what the Obama administration grants amnesty for, this is far beyond the pale. 

    Another thing for readers to know is that European governments are increasing homeschooling persecution. In Sweden, a number of homeschool families have in recent months fled to a small island territory to continue homeschooling without arrest. 

  17. Hartmann von Aue

    By the way- Who’s defending the Romeikes and how can we contribute? 

  18. mask

    I’ve seen Erwin Chimerinsky (lefty Constitutional law proffessor) argue that parents should be forced to send their kids to public school (not only nixing home schooling but private schools).

    Most liberal thinkers really do believe that the family should be replaced by the state (though they may not think of it this way).

  19. The King Prawn
    mask: Most liberal thinkers really do believe that the family should be replaced by the state (though they may not think of it this way). · 9 minutes ago

    Correction: they think the family should be replaced by their ideal of the state, not ours.

  20. Donald Todd

    With the rise of the omnicompetent state (again), various categories of people will be faced with dilemmas about whether to cave-in to the state or to resist tyranny.

    The fact that Obama’s tyranny wants to deny those parents is of a cloth with its intent to remove freedom conscience / religious freedom from health care.  Give him this, he is consistent in his contempt for ordinary people exercising their rights, whether as parents or in support of their religious beliefs.

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