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4/24/2013 6:20:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Romeike Update: Is that tolerance?

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

April 24, 2013
Romeike Update: Is that tolerance?

Yesterday, surrounded by friends and supporters, the Romeike family
sat silent in the courtroom before the three-judge panel that will
decide whether or not the family can remain in the United States to
homeschool their children. The six wooden benches in the small
courtroom quickly filled up with homeschooling families--some with
children finishing their schoolwork for the day--and several more
stood in the back during the 38-minute hearing.

HSLDA Chairman Mike Farris opened the hearing and was quickly peppered
by questions by the panel. The judges seemed skeptical as to whether
Germany specifically targets homeschoolers. At one point, a judge
asked whether Germany persecutes homeschoolers if it permits parents
to teach their children at the end of the day, after the child has
attended a government school.

In reply, Farris quoted published decisions from German courts, which
explained that the ban on homeschooling exists to prevent the
development and spread of religious or philosophically-motivated
"parallel societies," and which concluded that it was dangerous for a
child to be taught by their mother.

When asked about parallel societies, Justice Department attorney
Walter Buchinni admitted he did not know what the term meant, but
claimed HSLDA was taking the point out of context. Buchinni also
admitted that, even if the Justice Department wins the case, he did
not know whether the family would be forcibly deported or whether they
would be allowed to remain in the United States.

During the final rebuttal, Farris was told that there is no clear
anti-Christian bias and that one reason for Germany's strict public
education laws is to teach tolerance. "If that's tolerance," Farris
replied, "it's a tolerance unknown in a free society."

After the case ended, the Romeikes and their supporters filed out of
the courtroom and gathered outside the building. Farris cautioned the
supporters that there was no accurate way to predict the judges'
decisions solely based on the questions they asked. "I remember
arguing a case before a California court in 2008 and being convinced
that we had lost," he said. "We ended up winning unanimously. So I
know God can intervene."

"The support from homeschoolers yesterday was incredible in two ways,"
Farris observed. "First, the court room was packed, and that was
absolutely wonderful and clearly made an impact. Second, I know there
were thousands upon thousands of homeschoolers who were actively
praying on a continual basis and during the actual hearing, and the
impact of the prayer was real."

He also said that HSLDA will continue to intervene for the Romeikes if
the panel returns an unfavorable decision, including a potential
appeal to the United States Supreme Court.
In the news:

Homeschooling Family Fights Deportation Back to Germany (Aol.On
Entertainment)--April 23, 2013:

Judges question homeschool family's request for asylum (Christian
Examiner)--April 23, 2103:

Federal appeals court weighs asylum bid from German home-schoolers
living in Tennessee (Washington Post/AP)--April 23, 2013:

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