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I’M NOT SURE I BUY IT

Filed at 9:27 pm under by dcobranchi

Prosecution != persecution

And I’m not sure that not being allowed to homeschool ought to be grounds for granting political asylum in the US.

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike are not like other asylum seekers, people fleeing war or torture in places like Afghanistan, Iraq or Somalia. They’re music teachers from a village in southern Germany. And yet, in what appears to be the first case of its kind, the couple and their five children were granted asylum in the U.S. last week by an immigration judge who ruled that they had a “well-founded fear of persecution” in their home country for engaging in what has become a popular albeit somewhat controversial American practice — homeschooling their children.

9 Responses to “I’M NOT SURE I BUY IT”


Comment by
Karen
February 2nd, 2010
at 9:13 am

I wonder if there’s some thinking going on that if this is granted it would be ammunition in a fight against anti homeschooling legislation here. It would be pretty hypocritical to grant a foreign family asylum on this basis then prevent a USA family from following the same option.


Comment by
COD
February 2nd, 2010
at 9:34 am

Since when has hypocrisy ever been a problem for government in this country?


Comment by
Lynn
February 2nd, 2010
at 1:38 pm

Well, the trial rhetoric *does* fit the ever-popular meme: “Christians are persecuted.”

And, (to digress further), it’s also interesting that the very same people who insist that same-sex marriage is “not a right,” demand that homeschooling is not just a civil right, but a “human right.”

(Snark aside), it would be interesting to know if U.S. politics played any part in the Tennessee judge’s decision.


Comment by
JJ
February 2nd, 2010
at 11:11 pm

I am not sure and can’t prove it but it sure feels like Lynn’s on to something, that this is more about Christian persecution than homeschool persecution — and so this case is just about tying them ever tighter together as the same thing.


Comment by
Lynn
February 3rd, 2010
at 1:53 am

One angle: I wonder if German lawmakers took note that it was HSLDA Christian Worldview warriors that rushed to the defense of this family. As I understand it, Germany’s skepticism toward homeschoolers stems from its sensitivity to rigid “parallel societies” and who shows up in defense of German homeschooling? The American kings of religious parallel-society building – and architects of Christian king-making organizations like Generation Joshua and Patrick Henry College (tiny.c.../NIMOI). Ooops. Maybe nobody noticed?


Comment by
Daryl P Cobranchi
February 3rd, 2010
at 8:20 am

American Taliban


Comment by
JJ
February 3rd, 2010
at 9:33 am

Reading a Yorkshire Post homeschool story this morning, I was struck by how their stereotype is about pushy intellectual snob parents, not pious politicized god snob parents.

😉

“Children who are home educated are often seen as being somehow socially dysfunctional. It’s a stereotype reinforced by the kind of prodigies who tend to hit the headlines.”


Comment by
Lynn
February 3rd, 2010
at 1:34 pm

Daryl,
Could a German Taliban be a twinkle in the eye of Farris & Co.?

JJ,
So, England may be “post-Christian,” but not post-snobbishness? 😉

Actually, I didn’t find the parents in the story snobby. Yikes, does that mean that I am too snobby myself to recognize it when I see it? :O


Comment by
COD
February 3rd, 2010
at 1:39 pm

It’s not snobbery if you really are superior 🙂