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    Filed at 5:41 pm under by dcobranchi

    HSLDA is banging the drum for American homeschoolers to do something (What?) to “help” German homeschoolers.

    Last week, German police and social workers removed 17-year-old home-school student, Melissa Busekros, from her home. Then the authorities proceeded to place the teen in a Nuremberg psychiatric hospital, where she was interrogated by a psychiatrist for more than four hours and finally released.

    But as Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) senior counsel Chris Klicka point outs, that was not the end of the student’s troubles. “Fifteen police officers and some social workers came back, and they removed Melissa, took her into state custody, and put her in the psychiatric ward because the psychiatrist, believe it or not, had concluded she had ‘school phobia.’ It’s just completely ridiculous,” he says. “She’s still in the hospital.”

    Klicka says the German government has no sympathy for Christian families who want to home-school their children. He points out that home schooling has been illegal in that country ever since it was banned by Nazi leader and dictator Adolph Hitler.

    And unfortunately, the HSLDA attorney notes, incidents targeting home schoolers are increasingly common in Germany today. He says the government has been after home-schooling families, and “there’s over 40 cases that are pending throughout Germany; half of those families have had to flee to Austria or Switzerland or France — nearby countries that do allow home schooling.”

    Klicka is urging Christians to heed the biblical command to “help the least of these” by calling the German Embassy in Washington, DC, to protest the German government’s harsh treatment of Melissa Busekros and the many other home-school students and families who are being targeted in that country.

    I’ll be in Germany in two weeks. Maybe I’ll drop by the Bundestag and tell them what’s what!

    4 Responses to “PINCH HITTER”


    Comment by
    Ulrike
    February 11th, 2007
    at 12:39 pm

    Oooo. Where ya goin’?


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    February 11th, 2007
    at 1:38 pm

    Hamm. I fly into Frankfurt and then take the train up.


    Comment by
    Rina
    February 13th, 2007
    at 4:01 am

    up to where? We are home educating near Bremen.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    February 13th, 2007
    at 5:54 am

    I’ll be in Hamm/Uentrop Sunday – Thursday.