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Socialist democracy denying home schoolers their right?

In a case with international ramifications, Immigration Judge Lawrence O. Burman granted the political asylum application of a German homeschooling family. The Romeikes are Christians from Bissinggen, Germany, who fled persecution in August 2008 to seek political asylum in the United States. The request was granted January 26 after a hearing was held in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 21.

In 2003 the highest administrative court in Germany, which interprets its federal Constitution, ruled in the Konrad case that it was permissible for parents who have jobs that require them to travel—such as circus performers and musicians—to homeschool, but homeschooling was prohibited for parents who wanted to for reasons of conscience. The highest criminal court said in the Paul-Plett case in 2006 that the government was allowed to take custody of children whose parents want to homeschool for reasons of conscience.

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Asked by tnmomofive at 11:55 AM on Feb. 11, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Thank you tnmomofive. You have presented an important risk of gov't control.

    (Whether this travesty is common practice in ANY other socialist system is completely beside the point - you already demonstrated that the Romeikes are not an isolated case. To pooh-pooh your point with a question about other countries is goofy, given what we know about the 75 years of parents' powerlessness in Iron Curtain countries, and in other despotic countries.)

    This threat is not far-fetched for American parents. We already have heavy gov't interference: many homeschooling parents in particular states have had their children removed from them. This is why the Homeschool Legal Defense Assoc and Home School Assoc of Calif exist.

    And if "they" can dictate the thought-content of your children's experiences for 50 hours of the 112 per week that they're awake, then all the rest of their experience becomes fair game for social engineers.


    Answer by waldorfmom at 12:54 PM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:56 AM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • So only those who travel for work are permitted to home school all others have their children removed...

    OT but makes another point in Germany most are not permitted to own fire arms only very few who hunt for food can apply and if they are found able to then they pay out the yang just to be allowed to own ONE permitted fire arm...otherwise nobody owns any other then one per officer...

    Answer by tnmomofive at 12:04 PM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • I don't care, that's the laws in Germany If they want to change them they can go about doing them by electing officials that agree with their stance

    I am more concerned with the laws in America that I don't agree with


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:15 PM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • Some said this could never happen in a free country...well its happening.. heres more on the Romeikes story ...



    Answer by tnmomofive at 12:24 PM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • And? Can you show that every socialist democracy does this, or is it only a unique situation applicable to Germany?

    Answer by mommy_lisa25 at 12:25 PM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • mommy lisa imo it can show how far the government will go if they are handed so much control and power over the people..instead of being kept smaller as it should be.Germany also has outrageous taxes and things so that they can have all of that 'free' stuff UHC and best friend lives there has lupus some days she can barely move and has to work out fo her basement to keep up with the its not all peaches and cream by any means

    Answer by tnmomofive at 12:28 PM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • It's not peaches n cream for everybody in any nation. No one has ever implied that it is. However, your friend from lupus gets health care and doesn't have to worry about working out of their basement for the rest of their life just to pay off medical bills they can't afford or file bankruptcy.

    What do you think a socialist democracy is?

    Answer by mommy_lisa25 at 12:32 PM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • Anyway im happy for these folks the Romeikes that they can come to the good old USA and have the right to home school their children all throughout history people fled other repressive countries for different reasons to enter our great country to escape that mess...the original reasoning our founders fled ...
    from the strong holds of a government too big and out of control...
    America should stay free from enormous government and should stay that beacon of hope for others

    Answer by tnmomofive at 12:36 PM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • Her husband is a German officer mommy lisa...and what does it matter shes still having to work out of her basement barely able to move some days sick as ever because they are strapped down by crazy high taxes..

    Heres an idea there are other ways to reform healthcare here in the U.S. and lower costs for everyone and give them more chocies way more then just another government option would give...WITHOUT handing our healthcare over to big government.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 12:38 PM on Feb. 11, 2010