A Partial Victory In Germany
Published 16 July 2008
We have just received a partial victory in Germany. The Brause family
home schools their children for religious reasons — they disagree with
much of the anti-Christian curriculum in the sex education, science,
and new age religion areas. They have stood on their Christian
principles and they have paid dearly for it.
Nearly two years ago the Youth Welfare Office went to court and had the
custody of the two youngest Brause children taken from the parents the
purposes of where the children live. This means that any time the
Youth Welfare Office decides to they can come to the Brause home and
remove these two children.
The only solution for the Brauses, short of winning a court victory, is
to surrender their principles and place their children in the public
Until today the Brause parents were scheduled to have their day in court
on July 24. They have been charged with “intentional child neglect.”
The sole evidence proving this criminal claim is that they home school.
That is right, German officials consider home schooling to be child
neglect because the parents are failing to educate the children in the
location German officials consider proper. This, in spite the fact that
Germans working abroad for the government are encouraged to home school.
It is an interesting concept to think that a German family, in German,
is neglecting their children when they are doing what the government
encourages their own employees to do.
This is an incredible double standard!
Today the court has indefinitely postponed the case. The reason, an
attorney representing the Brause parents on behalf of the International
Human Rights Group, in a legal brief filed last week, seems to have
convinced the court that the prosecution has not presented enough facts
to prove their case.
So, the court has postponed the hearing and we see this as a partial
victory for the family. After all, the children are still at home and
the parents are still home schooling them.
Please continue to pray for this family as they stand strong against