Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
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Holder attacks home schooling, First Amendment


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It is hard to conceive of a better illustration than the Romeiki family to highlight the magnetism the United States has for oppressed foreigners. They chose to home school their five children instead of sending them to a German government school that was inculcating students with values which were contrary to their religious beliefs. This family left Germany after their children were forcefully taken in handcuffs from their home to a state school by German authorities. This terrifying incident happened in front of their powerless parents.

The Romeikis were threatened with losing custody of their five children. The family decided in 2008 to immigrate to the USA to continue to have the freedom to educate their own children according to their religious moral values.

This family, like other pilgrims before them, came to America to live their dreams of freedom from governmental religious persecution and not for welfare handouts. Unlike the Boston Marathon terrorist family who received $100,000 in welfare, Mr. Romeiki provided for his family by working as a piano teacher. He and his wife created a wholesome family environment. They were contributing to society, not taking from us.

The Department of Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Homeland Security administration, using sequester as an excuse, released from incarceration hundreds of known dangerous illegal immigrants back into the general public. The DOJ has been reluctant to prosecute illegals and terrorists not to alienate them, although Holder chose to pursue revoking this productive family's asylum.

Our government agencies overturned an order in 2010, which legally granted the Romeiki family political asylum. This law-abiding family had been in the United States for five years and their youngest child was born here. Being deported back to Germany would result in almost certain imprisonment of the parents, which would dissolve this loving family unit.

A spokesperson for the German embassy in Washington, D.C., Stefan Messerer, stated, "by mandating schooling we try to ensure extremely high standards for all of our children."

He did not go further in his justification by stating that parents have no right to educate their children according to their religious and philosophical belief system. Only the state has this right. MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry, noting that the collective good overweighs parental rights, has shared the same sentiment in our United States.

The DOJ and the Homeland Security administration had the audacity to proclaim that Germany banning home schooling does not violate any human rights.

The United States constitutional right of the First Amendment protecting religious freedom is somehow considered less significant in this administration than a "utopian human right."

These "human rights" are sanctioned by the United Nations members, many of whom are totalitarian-leaning governments who employed them to gain and maintain dictatorial power. Once again our federal government agencies are ignoring our Constitution in favor of international political expedience.

Government control does not trump the rights of parents. These decisions serve no logical purpose other than undermining the right of parents to home school their children. Holder has cleverly set up legal precedence against home schooling by revoking the Romeiki family amnesty. In one fell swoop he has bolstered the federal government's right to overrule the family's choice to home school while dismissing and diminishing the First Amendment's protection of citizens' religious freedoms.

The institution of the family, home schooling and the First Amendment are being attacked, not just the Romeikis, who are being mistreated by the German and the American governments. The Romeiki and other American children never have and never should belong to the state. Parents have the right and responsibility to raise them, not a totalitarian government.

All Americans should voice a resounding "NO" to the Romeiki family being deported. Our freedom of religion, the sanctity of the family unit and all of our liberties would be weakened and called into question by this frontal attack on our Bill of Rights. Holder is not upholding our constitution but is dismantling it. This is another unconscionable act that begs for his removal from office.

Dr. Maglio is an author and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.

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