The Obama administration has won a victory against religious liberty. The Supreme Court refused to hear the case of the Romeikes family and they are now in danger of deportation. I’ve written on this story before in an attempt to bring attention to the shocking callousness towards freedom of religion by the president.
The Romeikes came to the U.S. in 2008 in order to homeschool their children according to their Christian worldview. Germany has banned all family homeschooling, the reason being—and I’m not kidding—to inculcate German values in all schoolchildren. The U.S. had initially seemed to be a godsend until Eric Holder decided to fight the Romeikes’ citizenship process.
The Obama administration has argued in favor of the German state and stated that:
“The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department wrote in a legal brief last year. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”
The Pilgrims/Puritans came to New England in the 1600s because they wanted to express their evangelical convictions apart from the Church of England. Without diving too far into the Synod of Dort and King James I, they emigrated in order to practice their religion as they believed their consciences demanded. The Romeikes are doing the same thing. Yet this administration seeks to deny them asylum and return them to a country that refuses to allow them their liberty. The rights of conscience were essential to our founding fathers. The Puritans found asylum here; why should the Romeikes be any different?
Some have speculated that granting asylum in cases like these could lead to abuses of the system. However, if taken on a case by case basis, what is the difficulty with providing asylum to those that want to practice religion as they see fit? There is another German family struggling under the weight of the state, the Wunderlichs. They had to watch as German police officers removed their children from their home because they continued to homeschool. They were then denied the ability to leave the country. I would spare the Romeikes that fate as well as any others whose consciences cannot allow them to send their children to state schools.