Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Old News, but A Note on the Right to Home-School

Another excerpt from a January(?) 2013 Journal entry where I copied down some important legal information I came across, for my own benefit.

AiG on the Romeike case
"Now the U.S. government is threatening to send them back where they may face fines, imprisonment, and loss of child custody. All Americans should be concerned. Why? The U.S. Attorney General’s arguments, by implication, (1) deny the fundamental liberty of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children; (2) deny that a right is being violated so long as the right is denied to everyone; (3) deny that religious liberty is an individual’s right; and (4) deny that persecution for a belief is genuine persecution because the problem would be solved if the “persecuted” person just changed his mind."
 “The United States Supreme Court affirmed “the liberty of parents and guardians to direct the upbringing and education of children under their control” way back in 1925 in the case of Pierce v. Society of Sisters. .. In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court in Meyer v. Nebraska (1923) ruled that a parent has a fundamental right to “establish a home and bring up children” and the right to “worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.”6 And in Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972), the court supported the rights of parents to keep their children out of public schools for religious reasons.”
The footnote embedded will take you to the original article if you're interested. Last I heard, the Romeikes had been allowed to stay in the US, so that's an encouraging resolution.

~ Rak Chazak

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