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    Filed at 6:13 am under by dcobranchi

    Call me cynical but I have a hard time taking anything that WorldNutDaily says on the Germany homeschooler story with anything less than a mountain of salt:

    A German appeals court has not only affirmed a lower court’s decision that ripped a 15-year-old homeschooler from her family and subjected her to a forced stay in a psychiatric hospital because she is homeschooled, but also ordered her parents to be given psychiatric evaluations, an international rights organization says.

    Joel Thornton, president of the International Human Rights Group told WND that fears the state will use those court-approved tests to destroy the family of Melissa Busekros are very valid.

    This is the internet, no? We’re allowed to provide links to primary documents? Any media outfit who wants to play in the blogosphere needs to learn the rules. Making blanket statements without providing access to the source material is no way to build credibility.


    Comment by
    March 13th, 2007
    at 5:39 pm

    Now, now, Daryl. The good people behind WND do have a link to the (The) International Human Rights Group.

    Not only does IHRG have a page about Melissa Busekros, but the site has a page about donating to the IHRG. Convenient, no?

    Other than that, there isn’t anything other than a link to the European Defense Fund, another ambiguous title. According to a watchdog site that popped up in a search (and about whom I know nothing other than Google popped it up):
    The EDF is headed by Joel Thornton, who is a former chief of staff for the conservative, Pat Robertson-founded American Center for Law and Justice.
    Good to know that he’s got credentials.

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    March 14th, 2007
    at 8:21 am

    Riiight. We’re impressed now! 🙂