On December 10, 2012 a Swedish appeals court terminated the parental rights of a Swedish family. The parents want to homeschool their son. Homeschooling is a crime in Sweden and Germany. As a result of this Nazi-style law, their son was taken from them and the State was granted full custody rights. Bob Unruh of WND writes:
“The appeals panel reversed a lower court ruling that granted Annie and Christer Johansson custody of their son, Dominic. But if the decision is not reversed again by the nation’ Supreme Court, the Johansson’s will lose their son, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been working on the case with the Alliance Defending Freedom.”
In 2009, Swedish authorities stopped the Johanssons from leaving the country. They were on an airplane on their way to Annie’s home country of India. “The reason authorities initially gave for taking Domenic was that he had been homeschooled.” Later the story was changed to “medical issues” like failure to get all required vaccinations and that Dominic had some cavities. I wonder if the Swedish government goes door-to-door to check the teeth of every child.
The Johanssons aren’t the only family being persecuted for the State crime of homeschooling.
“Since the law went into effect last year, dozens of homeschooling families have been forced into political exile. Many of the refugees moved a few hours away by boat to the self-governing, Swedish-speaking Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea. The territory is technically part of Finland, which guarantees the right of parents to direct the education of their children in its Constitution.”
Homeschooling is a well respected alternative to government education. Millions of families in the United States are homeschooled. Homeschooled children have no problem getting into college. Tim Tebow, for example, was homeschooled.
“The conflicts over homeschooling in Sweden are getting as contentious as in Germany, where numerous families have fled their home country instead of facing the crushing fines, jail sentences and even destruction of families.”
One would have thought that Sweden, and especially Germany, would have learned something from Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler. As Adolf Hitler’s Nazi worldview progressed, it became very difficult for people to leave the Reich. If you didn’t get out early, you didn’t get out.
A similar thing happened in Communist countries. When Germany and Berlin were divided between East and West, those in the East made daily passage from the Communist side to the free side. The Communists fixed the exodus problem in Communist East Berlin by building a wall to keep people in. Even so, many people risked their lives to escape.
During the fascist rule in Italy, an exit visa was required from 1922 to 1943. Nazi Germany required exit visas from 1933 until its collapse in 1945. The Soviet Union and its Eastern European allies required exit visas both for emigrants and for those who wanted to leave the USSR for some time.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 13, part 2, proclaimed in 1948 that “Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.” Annie Johannsson is from India. She wants to return to her country with her son. Sweden won’t let her.
Michael Donnelly, Director of International Affairs for the (HSLDA), “said what is happening in Germany and Sweden needs to be noted in the United States because of the habit officials have of adopting controversial European policies.”
“Everything for the State; nothing outside the State; nothing against the State.” — Benito Mussolini