USA Trying to Deport Christian Homeschooling Family Knowing They Face Persecution

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike are Christians and the parents of six children.  When their kids attended the German public schools, they were bullied and harassed because of being Christians.  The parents began looking into the schools and what their kids were being taught.  They found a number of objectionable and inappropriate things in the textbooks that they didn’t want their kids learning.

They strongly believed that their children would receive a better education grounded in biblical principles by being schooled at home rather than having their children indoctrinated by the German schools.  Uwe said:

“We knew that homeschooling would not be an easy journey.”

However, the German government had made homeschooling illegal and actively pursued Christian families who tried to homeschool their children.  In 2008, the Romeike family was ripped apart when government officials stepped in and forcibly removed the kids from the home.  The parents were fined thousands of euros.

Their only hope was to seek political asylum in a country that allowed Christians to homeschool, so they applied to the US for asylum.  A US immigration judge ruled in 2010 that the family did face persecution from the German government and granted the Romeike family political asylum.  The family moved and settled in Tennessee.

Remember at last month when President Obama issued his Religious Freedom Day proclamation?  He said:

“Today, we also remember that religious liberty is not just an American right; it is a universal human right to be protected here at home and across the globe. This freedom is an essential part of human dignity, and without it our world cannot know lasting peace.”

“As we observe Religious Freedom Day, let us remember the legacy of faith and independence we have inherited, and let us honor it by forever upholding our right to exercise our beliefs free from prejudice or persecution…”

Here’s how he lives up to his statement.

US Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Homeland Security are fighting the political asylum status.  Holder claims that the family’s fundamental rights have not been violated by Germany’s law forbidding families from homeschooling.  They have asked the courts to withdraw the family’s political asylum and have them deported back to Germany.

The Home School legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is representing the Romeikes family and fighting to have them stay in the US.  They say that:

“The U.S. law of asylum allows a refugee to stay in the United States permanently if he can show that he is being persecuted for one of several specific reasons. Among these are persecution for religious reasons and persecution of a ‘particular social group.’”

“In most asylum cases, there is some guesswork necessary to figure out the government’s true motive—but not in this case. The Supreme Court of Germany declared that the purpose of the German ban on homeschooling was to ‘counteract the development of religious and philosophically motivated parallel societies.’”

“This sounds elegant, perhaps, but at its core it is a frightening concept. This means that the German government wants to prohibit people who think differently from the government (on religious or philosophical grounds) from growing and developing into a force in society.”

“The Romeikes’ case is before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The case for the government is officially in the name of the Attorney General of the United States. The case is called Romeike v. Holder. Thus, the brief filed by the U.S. Department of Justice is filed on behalf of the attorney general himself—although we can be reasonably certain he has not personally read it. Nonetheless, it is a statement of the position of our government at a very high level.”

“We argued that Germany is a party to many human rights treaties that contain specific provisions that protect the right of parents to provide an education that is different from the government schools. Parents have the explicit right to give their children an education according to their own philosophy.”

“While the United States government argued many things in their brief, there are three specific arguments that you should know about.”

“First, they argued that there was no violation of anyone’s protected rights in a law that entirely bans homeschooling. There would only be a problem if Germany banned homeschooling for some but permitted it for others.”

“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.”

“One final argument from Romeikes deserves our attention. One of the grounds for asylum is if persecution is aimed at a “particular social group.” The definition of a “particular social group” requires a showing of an “immutable” characteristic that cannot change or should not be required to be changed. We contend that German homeschoolers are a particular social group who are being persecuted by their government.”

If they are returned to Germany, the couple could be facing more large fines, jail time and the loss of their children.  If this is not a violation of the family’s fundamental rights, then I don’t know what is.  Perhaps more importantly to all homeschoolers in America is that if Holder wins this case, there is the possibility that it could serve as a legal precedent for Obama’s efforts to outlaw homeschooling here in the US.

What gets me really hot under the collar on this case is that Holder and the DHS are allowing nearly a million illegal aliens to remain in the US, still illegally, while trying to deport a family who only wants to homeschool their children.  When Obama penned that proclamation last month, he was lying out both sides of his mouth and had no intention of doing anything for any Christian.  He’ll leap tall buildings to defend the rights of Muslim and gays, but he’ll turn his back and walk away from Christians.  The hypocrisy of the Obama administration is enough to make me want to vomit.



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  • Audrey Pratt Downs

    Lets see if I understand this, a family who happens to be Christians and as parents want to home school their children, at no cost money to the US Education System. Then we have Obama’s Aunt and half brother who live off the American taxpayers, break our laws by overstaying their visas , is a felon in MA and they are considered at risk for being sent back to Kenya where the government protects anything to do with Obama so they are granted the right to stay in America but this family has to go back to Germany where they will be presecuted for raising their children the way they feel best not the government.

  • Sunrise2

    Oh my God! Holder should of been fired with the Fast & Furious incident. I didn’t know Germany was that bad. I guess I don’t want to go there after all. Holder, Obama, and this whole administration is NOT for Christian rights this country was formed on. If these had been Muslim Germans with kids, there would be no problem allowing them to stay here by this administration. This is simple prejudice by Holder and others against Christianity – PERIOD. Does he and others think we are ALL stupid as Obama voters? We should not let Holder win on this one.

    These Germans are most likely hard working, responsible Christian citizens too. We shouldn’t discriminate against them because they are Christians. This administration is a disgrace to this country.

  • deseartu

    If we don’t have the problem around anymore then what? Pray to the Lord to relieve of us this monster! Hitler finally had a final day, we just need to figure out in this country how to get rid of the problem before it turns out to be more of a deeper problem to fix!

  • Gary_L_Thompson

    I believe that Mr. Jolly made a significant distortion (probably inadvertent): “However, the German government had made homeschooling illegal and actively pursued Christian families who tried to homeschool their children.” Actually, if I remember correctly from hearing about this issue before, this rather understates the appalling nature of the German government’s actions. They did not make homeschooling illegal, but in fact homeschooling was already illegal, under a law enacted UNDER ADOLPH HITLER that somehow has been kept in place ever since.

    But then, I believe I heard somewhere that Hitler regretted the victory of Charles Martel and the Franks over the Moors that stopped Muslim expansion into Europe, feeling that if history had been the reverse, Germany would have been the leader of the worldwide caliphate. I guess it would come as no surprise that this Administration would feel a natural affinity with a legal relic from that horriific era.

  • scrambo

    and the acute irony here is that this country was founded by those who were seeking asylum from religious persecution….a gross un-justice to these poor people and our own heritage…

  • becky

    Considering that this administration REFUSES to deport illegal aliens from Mexico who are aiding in the bankruptcy of our country, I do believe ONCE AGAIN our government is engaging in criminal behavior. The Mexicans violate our laws, these Germans FALL WITHIN the auspices of our laws, but which nationality do the communists in our government support? The NON law abiding people, of course – the illegal aliens.

  • lfhpueblo

    ERIC HOLDER NEEDS TO BE STRIPPED OF HIS OFFICE. IF OBAMA ALLOWS THIS TO HAPPEN THEN HIS SPEECH IS WORTHLESS TO ALL CHRISTIANS HERE IN THE USA AND BEYOND. Eric Holder probably doesn’t believe in home schooling, but rather in Nazi indoctrination techniques. I hope this family wins, because if they don’t, who is to say it won’t be a crime to homeschool in the USA before these men are out of office. No, will let illegal immigrants that are hispanic of origin stay here, but we won’t this family. This is discrimination in the highest degree. If they have to go, then all the illegal immigrants need to go to, post haste. You can’t have it one way for some and then not another way for others simply because they are Christians. Are you afraid they won’t give Obama a third term vote Mr. Holder?

  • di from Oregon

    Lord Jesus, I know you see this, curious to know what you will do about this family and our religious freedom in America. The are accountable to you who perpetrate this evil and I know that you are the champion of the oppressed.

  • LogicNotHuff

    The utter satanism of the Obama administration is indisputable. The Marxist media is not reporting it.

  • Ron G

    Everyone contact your congressman or women and let them know how you feel about the injustice being done to this family. Perhaps they will take at least one small step in standing up against this administration.

  • scott81

    If you’re a christian and especially if you’re white you don’t have rights any more in regards to your beliefs, shows how evil society has become

  • Rag Narok

    Eric Holder is nothing but an uppity, anti-White N!gger. He has no problem with millions of 80 IQ Mestizo criminals flooding across the border, but actively seeks to deport a good White family.

  • AL, Orange Park, FL

    Excuse me while I wipe the vomit from my mouth!
    B O anti-anything American. He is a traitor and should be dealt with as one!

  • Victor Magilke

    I wasn’t aware that Germany was persecuting Christians. What a shame! No more German made cars for me. Even Adolf Hitler allowed Christians to worship. What is this world coming to? If they were Muslim, illegal Mexicans or Black, Eric Holder would give them asylum.

  • Sunrise2

    These poor German souls seem to think our government is for homeschooling. What they don’t know is, that our liberal, socialist government really doesn’t want it here either. It is okay for millions of Hispanics pore in over our borders, whether they are criminals, or do criminal activity, but, God fordid, we let a family of White, responsible, German Christians into our country to stay because they want to home school!

  • HerrCapitanFick

    This is the way the American public want! A nation of cowards!

  • HerrCapitanFick

    All of you people are letting them do this to you! I think this is funny! You didn’t know you were soooo cowardly, now did you?

  • willhen50

    I don’t suppose anyone notices how anti-white this administration is, especially the way the department of injustice and the homeland security department are running. Holder had stopped the prosecution of outright voter intimidation by members of the radical black panthers, stopped states from initiating voter id laws, and the worse yet, a member of the black panther placed a bounty (dead or alive) on the head of George Zimmerman who accidentally killed a black kid during a scuffle. Holder has also refused to assist congress in the investigation of the botched fast and furious gun running scheme, where many people were killed including an American border agent. Anybody working for this administration apparently is expendable because if they get killed there will not be an investigation to determine how it happened, and their family will not get closure.

  • lizardmansc

    Funny how that works… They’re fine with ILLEGAL aliens from only God knows where setting up house here, and displacing AMERICAN CITIZENS from jobs, overloading and ripping off hospitals, overwhelming an already ineffective educational system, they’re fine with the likes of Mahmoud Iwannahaveajihad, coming here and slamming all Americans, and they’re fine with corruption at all levels of government. But those dang Christians are bad news… Go figure.

    • Victor Magilke

      You are spot on lizardman. The law abiding, tax paying white Americans are treated like the dregs of society and the illegals and deadbeats are rewarded.

      • lizardmansc

        Black, Latino, Asians, an others who are hard working conservatives are treated with vitriol as well as White folks… most libs won’t admit it though. Not so much about race, ideology and a lack of a moral compass is what drives their wheels.

        • Victor Magilke

          You are right on again my friend. The criminals are rewarded and the responsible hard working citizens are punished.

  • Michael & Jessica Varn

    I see the US’s point. Germany is NOT violating their religious rights. Christians are not required to homeschool (many are against it actually because Christians are actually called to be in the world and not of it). there is more to this story i am sure but I do not think it is grounds for asylum.