The Romeike Reprieve

The Obama administration still denies refugee status to the German homeschooling family.

Hannelore Romeike and daugher Damaris

For now, the Romeikes get to stay in America. Homeschoolers Uwe and Hannelore Romeike fled their native Germany in 2008 and brought their five children to the U.S. They have since had a sixth child.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal to stay here. It seemed the Obama administration would succeed in its efforts to have this devout Christian family deported. But at the eleventh hour, the Department of Homeland Security relented. The family has been granted an indefinite stay of the deportation order.

This is a matter of grave concern not only to the family involved and their many friends but to us all. The position taken by the Obama administration in court documents is that the Romeikes cannot claim refugee status and appeal for asylum because they were not truly being persecuted in Germany. The Obama administration does not see homeschooling for reasons of conscience as a legitimate expression of our First Amendment rights to the “free exercise of religion.”

And so the Obama administration still denies refugee status to the Romeike family. In so doing, it places at grave risk the fundamental freedoms of millions of American citizens who homeschool their own children. This Romeike reprieve, answer to prayer that it is, does not constitute a repudiation of the Obama administration’s deeply troubling position.The Romeikes fled a Federal Republic of Germany that in many ways has been a model modern democracy. The Germans have admirably turned away from their troubled past and have become a mainstay of constitutional government and human rights in Europe. In 2009, Germany’s ambassador to the United States, Klaus Scharioth, expressed his government’s thanks to the U.S. for sending some 60 million soldiers to his country over a period of nearly half a century. They were stationed in Germany to protect the liberties of former enemies. The ambassador’s Heritage Foundation audience was deeply moved by his eloquent message. (And I am personally indebted to the humanity of a German U-boat skipper who, in 1943, spared my father’s life and the lives of his shipmates after sinking their freighter.)

Nonetheless, we can in all friendship appeal to the German government to change its policy of persecuting Christian homeschoolers. German friends have explained that they must assure the continuation of their democracy and cannot allow individual families to withdraw their children from state schools. We must be sympathetic but firm on this point: Germany’s failure to recognize the rights of parents to “train up their children in the way they should go” is a major reason why Germany succumbed first to Bismarck’s statism in the 1860s, then to Kaiser Wilhelm II’s militarism in the first decade of the 20th century, and finally, and most tragically, to the Hitler Nazi nightmare in the 1930s and ’40s.

This, not incidentally, is what liberal advocates here seek to do with the so-called Common Core education standards. They want to impose a “general power of the State to standardize its children.” This is one of the main reasons we should oppose the initiative rightly called Obamacore…

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  1. I suggest reading the “Bonnie” comments after the linked article. I greatly question the wisdom of a family seeking refuge in the United States anyway considering it will soon disappear in a cloud of smoke, taking with it those who have been deceived in their hearts by its delusions. “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” are not Christian ideals, appeals to the Creator notwithstanding. No country in the history of the world has exported as much filth as the U.S. both by deception and by force.

    I wonder like Bonnie if we ought not be thankful that the Supreme Court did not rule on the case: is it at all likely they would assert a ‘right to home education’ given the ‘democratic’ majority are ‘school-educated’? Quite likely they would rule there is no such right…and then what would happen to home-education in the U.S. If control of education has been usurped by the Federal government from the parents and States, surely appealing to that Federal government will only result in forming more usurping precedent in the courts…as it now has?

    This is one reason I disagree strongly with past appeals to ‘International Human Rights’ or U.N. ‘Rights of the Child’ or any other such nonsense. These organizations have already usurped rights and are lawless, giving and taking ‘rights’ as they wish. Why give them any legitimacy or credibility at all by appealing to them?

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