The article makes the point that the U.S. could try to make the same argument against homeschooling here that it is using to say these people should go ho home. Though I don't think it would fly in the U.S. I do think it is a valid point.
When the United States government says that homeschooling is a mutable choice—they are saying that it is a characteristic that a government can legitimately coerce you to change. In other words, you have no protected right to choose the education for your children. Our nation could remove your ability to homeschool and your choice would be mutable—since the government has the authority to force you to implement their wishes.
The prospect for German homeschooling freedom is not bright. But we should not reserve all of our concern for the views of the German government. Our own government is attempting to send German homeschoolers back to that land to face criminal prosecutions with fines, jail sentences, and removal of custody of children.
We should understand that in these arguments by the U.S. government, something important is being said about our own liberties as American homeschoolers.
The Attorney General of the United States thinks that a law that bans homeschooling entirely violates no fundamental liberties.
It is important that Americans stand up for the rights of German homeschooling families. In so doing, we stand up for our own.
Except that is NOT what the U.S. government is saying. The U.S. government is saying only that the desire to homeschool your children in a country where it is illegal is not a human rights offense worthy of asylum.Quote:
When the United States government says that homeschooling is a mutable choice—they are saying that it is a characteristic that a government can legitimately coerce you to change. In other words, you have no protected right to choose the education for your children.
It's not up to the U.S. to set the laws in all other countries. Citizens of those countries can either deal with them, work to change them, or immigrate legally to another country. These folks didn't choose any of those options. They also didn't choose to move to one of the European countries that allows homeschooling, which probably would have been far easier & cheaper than coming to the U.S. I'm curious what the back story is....
A second argument is revealing. The U.S. government contended that the Romeikes’ case failed to show that there was any discrimination based on religion because, among other reasons, the Romeikes did not prove that all homeschoolers were religious, and that not all Christians believed they had to homeschool.
This argument demonstrates another form of dangerous “group think” by our own government. The central problem here is that the U.S. government does not understand that religious freedom is an individual right. One need not be a part of any church or other religious group to be able to make a religious freedom claim. Specifically, one doesn’t have to follow the dictates of a church to claim religious freedom—one should be able to follow the dictates of God Himself.
The United States Supreme Court has made it very clear in the past that religious freedom is an individual right. Yet our current government does not seem to understand this. They only think of us as members of groups and factions. It is an extreme form of identity politics that directly threatens any understanding of individual liberty.
Exactly. They would need to show that homeschooling is integral to their religion and for what little I know of their faith it is not. They could go to public school and continue religious education at home or at church. Germany is not saying they cannot practice their faith.