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  • GODWIN 1, WND -8,000,000

    Filed at 4:03 am under by dcobranchi

    I didn’t even bother to read the latest WorldNutDaily screed about German homeschooling. The sub-hed tells me everything I need to know:

    Held in psych ward, foster care when accused of violating Hitler-type rule

    Are the sheeple who take that rag seriously so gullible that they can’t see how WND routinely plays the Nazi card to whip their followers into a frenzy? Probably.

    3 Responses to “GODWIN 1, WND -8,000,000”

    Comment by
    roger wiley
    March 16th, 2007
    at 8:14 am

    you need to do some serious reading


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    March 16th, 2007
    at 9:21 am

    I wouldn’t consider copying & pasting the entire WND article serious.

    Comment by
    March 16th, 2007
    at 10:56 am

    The quality of the WND reporting (screeds aside) is demonstrated at the Blogdial link … apparently a copy of the WND article?? (I no longer bother reading anything from that source and won’t even give them a click — the accuracy of stopped clocks notwithstanding)

    Richard Guenther is credited as being with The International Human Rights Group [an ueber-grandiose title that always makes me giggle] when the person behind ihrg via edf is a fellow named Joel Thornton.
    ihrg: ihrg.o...F.html
    linked to sister site EDF: europe...d.org/
    There is nothing at the ihrg site but a page about Melissa, a page for donations, and a page to edf.

    Richard Guenther is the director of a homeschool legal defense group in Germany, Schulunterricht zu Hause:

    That Melissa has been taken from her family is not in dispute, and that she and her family disagree with the authorities about the entire situation is also not in dispute. The point, online and in the U.S., is that they are being used in the English-language blogosphere as a rallying point by people who can’t differentiate between contemporary Germans and Nazis.

    Are there Nazis in Germany? — bound to be because not all the WWII-era people have yet died. I swear I sat next to a couple of them on a tram one day as they — far from quietly — discussed all the foreigners in Munich. They were two tiny old ladies in hats and gloves. I will grant that it is more likely that they were Republikaners than Nazis.

    Extreme right wing politicians aside, contemporary German government policy is not Hitlerian, although it is indeed Germanic. Hitler was Germanic, too, so there are bound to be some points of overlap, but not because all Germans are goose-stepping martinets with moustaches. Just as American policies from various eras have distinctly American overtones (all but invisible to those of us in the American fishbowl), so, too, will German policies from different political eras have similarities. In this, the 200+ year tradition of compulsory schooling has left its mark.

    The shame is that Melissa’s tragic circumstance is being milked by those who take the most simplistic interpretation (Germany = Nazi) and use it to scare people in a country with no connection to the situation, and worse yet, that view is being taken to heart by people who trust the reporters.

    I’ve got a Google alert for “Busekros” (something anyone can do), and lately the mentions indicate merely a viral spread of the initial story and discussion among those of us who don’t have primary information.

    Netzwerk Bildungsfreiheit (Education Freedom Network) is another group trying to post information about Melissa’s situation, but without the hype.

    Dana at Principled Discovery has been able to dedicate a page of her blog to Melissa: