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German home-schoolers granted asylum in US to escape 'persecution'

Catholic World News - January 29, 2010

An American judge on Tuesday granted asylum to a German couple who wanted to homeschool their children, bringing international attention to the debate in Germany over the rights of parents to freely educate their children.

"Homeschoolers are a particular social group that the German government is trying to suppress," the judge said. He granted their asylum request, saying: "This family has a well-founded fear of persecution.”

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  • Posted by: Gaby - Jan. 30, 2010 9:23 AM ET USA

    "They should not have the right to indoctrinate their children," he said. "It's important for children, besides the experience they make at home, which is respected, to have access to other sources of understanding the world." In short- the government wants to indoctrinate children and doesn't want competition from parents, and insist on a chance to undermine whatever Christian values parents are trying to instill in their kids. I'd run away, too.

  • Posted by: Lisa Nicholas, PhD - Jan. 29, 2010 8:33 PM ET USA

    If you read the Deutsche Welle article, you see that a German education professor (franker than Am. ones) admits that one purpose for mandatory state-controlled education in Germany to effect social and political indoctrination of children. No wonder this Christian family fled to the U.S.! We need to remember that we still enjoy freedoms that most people in the world do not, and to defend those freedoms tenaciously, especially when those in Washington labor to make us "more like Europe."

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