Religious Freedom and Homeschool   4 comments

An article in the Washington times about the Romeike family contains some very important details.  For example, U.S. Attorney-General Holder argues in the brief for Romeike v. Holder that parents have no fundamental right to home-educate their children.

Say what?!

The arguments being  presented by the U.S. government against the soon-to-be-deported Romeike family are important to all  American people.

Will the U.S. uphold the rights of parents to raise their  children in the way that seems best to them, or will a socialist standard be  imposed upon millions of homeschooling families in America?

The WT article says:

“HSLDA founder Mike Farris warns, “[Holder’s office] argued that there  was no violation of anyone’s protected rights in a law that entirely bans  homeschooling. There would only be a problem if Germany banned homeschooling for  some but permitted it for others. Let’s assess the position of the  United States government on the face of its argument: a nation violates no one’s  rights if it bans homeschooling entirely. There are two major portions of  constitutional rights of citizens – fundamental liberties and equal protection.  The U.S. Attorney General has said this about homeschooling. There is no  fundamental liberty to homeschool. So long as a government bans homeschooling  broadly and equally, there is no violation of your rights.”

Farris goes on to reveal another argument presented by the  Attorney-General: “The U.S. government contended that the  Romeikes’ case failed to show that there was any discrimination based on  religion because, among other reasons, the Romeikes did not prove that all  homeschoolers were religious, and that not all Christians believed they had to  homeschool.” 

The US Government, says Farris, “does not  understand that religious freedom is an individual right.”

Just  because all adherents of a particular religion do not abide by a certain  standard does not mean that individuals who feel compelled to abide by this  standard do not have the right to do so. Religious decisions must be made by  individuals, not by groups.

Farris contends, “One need not be a  part of any church or other religious group to be able to make a religious  freedom claim. Specifically, one doesn’t have to follow the dictates of a church  to claim religious freedom—one should be able to follow the dictates of God  Himself.

The United States Supreme Court has made it very clear in the past that  religious freedom is an individual right. Yet our current government does not  seem to understand this. They only think of us as members of groups and  factions. It is an extreme form of identity politics that directly threatens any  understanding of individual liberty.”


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4 responses to “Religious Freedom and Homeschool

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  1. Thanks so much for writing about this Christel. I just caught this on the news today. Yes, wars and terrorism are scary things but I tend to get more nervous when government “authorities” start mandating on what should be individual and family decisions. Thank you for taking the first step to resolution by making sure the public is informed!

  2. Thank you so much!
    I recently posted a link to this on my blog:

  3. I’m wondering why the people don’t see this issue as a parental rights infringement, just because the government has provided a means of education equally for all its citizens does not require individual citizens to partake of it. To be sure an education is a benefit/advantage to be thankful for and sought out but if force is the motivation, education becomes a punishment. And if we are free to choose private, charter, and parochial educations then how dare anyone believe parents don’t have the right as free God created persons to choose to none of the options. We are not a communist nation. While in every facet of society there are bad apples, it is not abusive in and of itself to teach at home. This case and Holder’s arguments are circular and harmful to everything the US represents as a nation. This is absurd! He claims that if we are equally repressed then justice is done? Laws are enacted to protect property and/or individuals not serve the agenda of the state. Homeschoolers are the defendant, does Mr. Holder not have to show harm or negligence?

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