Wednesday, February 10, 2010

German Family granted asylum in United States

A German home-schooling family was recently forced to leave their own country and seek asylum in the United States of America. Why? Because they home-schooled their own children. And why did they wish to do so? Because they objected to their children being forced to follow a curriculum that they considered to be anti-Christian. Commenting on the case, the US Immigration Judge, Lawrence O Burman, in Memphis, Tennessee, had this to say:

‘We can’t expect every country to follow our constitution. The world might be a better place if it did. However, the rights being violated here [the pursuit of the family owing to the fact that they home-schooled, contrary to German educational diktat] are basic human rights that no country has a right to violate. … Homeschoolers are a particular social group that the German government is trying to suppress. This family has a well-founded fear of persecution […] therefore, they are eligible for asylum […]’

Gerald Warner, described as ‘author, broadcaster, columnist and polemical commentator who writes about politics, religion, history, culture and society in general’, gives us his observations on the case of the German family:
‘[…] Do we understand that, as citizens of the European Union, we now belong to a totalitarian state from which fleeing citizens are being granted political asylum in the United States? Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, tyranny is back in business in Germany. […]

‘Why did the German homeschoolers not seek political asylum in Britain? Because our rulers subscribe to the same tyrannical statist philosophy, is the answer. Every possible obstacle is put in the way of homeschooling parents in Britain.
‘The mentality is that the state – not parents – is the natural controller and shaper of children’s lives and beliefs. When a schoolgirl can be given an abortion without her parents’ knowledge, we know that, while public utilities may have been privatised, children have been nationalised. [The family] who fled from Germany objected to their children being forced to follow a curriculum that they believed was anti-Christian. The same would apply in British state schools, where pornographic sex education is increasingly being made compulsory. […]’