:: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 ::
Being Beastly to the Germans
Posted by Edward Cline at 7:43 PM
was going to open this column with remarks on the plight of the German Romeike
family, who in 2008 fled Germany to the U.S. to escape the prohibition there
against homeschooling and the severe penalties, such as harsh financial fines
and the removal of children from their homes, for not obeying the state.
unexpectedly, and for unknown reasons, the Department
of Homeland Security called the organization representing the Romeike
family, the Home School Legal Defense Association, and said the Romeikes had
been granted permanent asylum status and would not be deported back to Germany.
War II has been over nearly seventy years, but apparently Germany still has a
Nazi law on the books that requires German parents to send their children to
state schools. In Germany, your children are not your own, neither to teach nor
to claim. They are the state's. You, the parents, are mere stewards of your children,
and if they are not raised to be good, docile citizens, they will be reclaimed
by the state and removed from your deleterious influence.
other blogs, the Free Republic
reported the astounding and unexpected news:
"Today, a Supervisor with
the Department of Homeland Security called a member of our legal team to inform
us that the Romeike family has been granted “indefinite deferred status”. This
means that the Romeikes can stay in the United States permanently (unless they
are convicted of a crime, etc.) "This is an incredible victory that can
only be credited to our Almighty God.
"We also want to thank those
of who spoke up on this issue–including that long ago White House petition. We
believe that the public outcry made this possible while God delivered the
until yesterday, the issue has been reported in one fundamentally wrong way:
that the Romeikes were escaping from "religious persecution." Todd Starnes
of Fox News, for example, feared the worst for the Romeike family after the
Supreme Court refused to listen to their appeal, which would have resulted in almost
instant deportation of the family back to Germany. On March 3rd, in
his article, "Team Obama wins fight to have Christian home-school family
deported," he wrote:
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to
the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German
homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children.
They wanted to live in a country
where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian
The Romeikes were initially given
asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that
outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution.“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.”
On Monday, the Supreme Court
declined to hear the Romeike’s appeal – paving the way for the Christian family
of eight to be deported.
didn't the Justice Department call with the good news, instead of the DHS? What
was the motive behind the reversal? That remains unknown, but very likely it
was the "negative" publicity of a callous, behemoth government
picking on a single family. The federal government isn't scoring high in the
likeability polls, lately.
issue is not one of mere religious persecution. Certainly the German law
accomplishes that, but isn't it more than just "religious"
persecution? It's more than that. It is the negating of one's convictions,
religious or not, by fiat law backed by government force.
the Romeike family fled to the U.S. to escape ideological persecution. That
their reasons were religious are secondary.
for the Justice Department's reasons, that smacks of what could be called
"legal tourism," that is, respecting an irrational, oppressive law
simply because it is "foreign," and also because the Obama
administration is friendly to all sorts of oppressive foreign law. It has
nothing to say about the "home-schooling" of the children of Muslim
parents to become unassimilated Americans, whose fealty is pledged first to Islamic
religion and ideology, and not to the country they were brought to or born in. And
don’t get me started on the children
of Mexicans who prefer to fly the Mexican flag over the American and harass
anyone in public schools out West caught wearing
an American flag shirt. Our government sides with those invaders, as well. Neither
the Mexicans nor the Muslims face deportation for "home-schooling"
their children. Only European whites.
in his Fox News article noted:
There are nearly 12 million
illegal immigrants living the United States. You'd think the Obama
administration could find a place [for] eight immigrants who want to live here
[Michael] Farris [chairman of the
Home School organization] said the Supreme Court's decision not to hear the
case sends a chilling message to Americans who currently home school their
children. "The administration thinks it's a privilege to home school – not
a right. We'd better buckle down and be ready to fight them every step of the
If the government thinks home-schooling is a
parental privilege, and not a right, then it will work to withdraw that
privilege for the "common good." Here is arch-liberal MSNBC hostess
Melissa Harris-Perry on the government's official position on education, as
reported by the Daily
Caller on April 8th, 2013:
“We have never invested as much
in public education as we should have, because we’ve always had kind of a
private notion of children. Your kid is yours, and totally your responsibility.
We haven’t had a very collective notion of ‘These are our children.’ So part of
it is, we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to
their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong
to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility, and not just the
household’s, then we start making better investments.”
A "kind of private notion of children"? One that needs to be "broken
through"? Calling home-schooling a "privilege" helps to break
down that notion. After all, parents had little to do with having children.
They didn't "build them," the "community" or the government
did by providing roads, jobs, government schools, and beds on which the parents
might conceive children. It's all so simple, you see.
State USA had an interesting account of another German couple who did not have
a chance to flee Germany over the home-schooling issue. Its September 28th
2013 article, "SWAT-style
raid on German homeschool family is a reminder of why the Romeikes deserve
In the early morning hours of
August 29, 2013, a team of at least 20 German state officials, including social
workers, police officers, and special agents descended upon the home of Dirk
and Petra Wunderlich to remove by force their 4 children (ages 7-14) in
The SWAT-style raid was conducted
on the family’s residence because of the Wunderlich’s (pronounced
“VOON-der-lish”) continued homeschooling of their children in violation of the
German ban on the practice of educating one’s own children in accordance with
religious beliefs and beyond the influence of the state-sanctioned curriculum.
The Home School Legal Defense
Association (HSLDA) obtained and translated the court documents that authorized
this use of force to seize the children. They found that the only legal grounds
for removal was the children’s lack of school attendance. The court papers did
not allege abuse or neglect. Nor were the Wunderlichs charged with failing to
provide an adequate education. The law ignores the educational progress of the child;
attendance—and not learning—is the object of the German law. Authorities even
took the children’s passports, making it impossible for the family to escape….
if you're a parent and raise a child to excel in virtually every subject,
surpassing all the poor clods in the state schools, it doesn't matter. You must
obey. We will have discipline! Under the threat of further force and never
seeing their children again, the Wunderlichs caved.
As of September 19, the
Wunderlich children have finally been reunited with their parents after
being stolen from them during the raid on their peaceful village
home. German officials ended the three week separation following a court
hearing in which the Wunderlich parents were compelled to promise that they
would send their children back to a state school.
According to HSLDA Chairman
Michael Farris, “When the parents told the authorities that they would send
their kids back to school during the raid, they were told it was too late. What
we’ve seen today is a reversal in the German courts caused by the mounting
international pressure from human rights advocates.”
interesting to read the stand of the German Federal Constitutional Court's on
private education when it ruled against another home-schooling family in 2003:
general public has a justified interest in counteracting the development of
religiously or philosophically motivated ‘parallel societies’ and in
integrating minorities in this area.”
General Eric Holder, certainly no paragon of freedom of thought, action, or of
anything else, sided with German law and not American law. Notes Police State
Likewise, in the case of Uwe and
Hannelore Romeike, the Obama Justice Department argued to deny asylum based on
the belief that governments may force parents to send their children to state-sanctioned schools. By siding with the
Germany, Attorney General Eric Holder is endorsing the German government’s
policy in defense of compulsory schooling defined in Art. 6 § 2 as follows:
The care and upbringing of
children is the natural right of parents and a duty primarily incumbent upon
them. The State shall watch over them in the performance of this duty.
Art. 7 § 1 adds:
The entire school system shall be
under the supervision of the state.
is home-schooling a natural right, or something like a "free cell
phone" from Obama? Is it a right defended by the 14th
Amendment, or a privilege dispensed by the state? Have individuals the right to
choose what their children will learn, or does the state have a
"right" to decide the curricula to make your children better citizens
and better prepared to serve the state and the community? The catch here is
that the state has no such right – only the power to compel through force.
are the German and American governments so opposed to home-schooling, or any
kind of private education? Why has the Department of Justice, and, indeed, the
Obama administration, taken the side of fascism? It's an easy question to
throughout the past century have fully grasped the importance of indoctrinating
children to ensure their dogma takes root. They have also understood that in
order to do this, they must drive a wedge in the relationship between parent
Adolf Hitler, who instituted the
Hitler Youth in 1926 and made it compulsory for German children a decade later,
explained this strategy: “When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to
your side,’ I say calmly, ‘Your child belongs to us already. What are you? You
will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short
time they will know nothing but this new community’.”
Metzgar adds immediately after that:
However, contemporary German
leaders and liberal American elites ought to be well-aware that robust parental
rights have historically been an invaluable bulwark against totalitarianism.
This is especially true of the parental right to direct the education of one’s
Metzgar overlooks the fact that the American "elite" – in government,
in academia, in kindergarten through graduate school, the whole
liberal/left/Marxist establishment – wants
totalitarianism to govern the country.
Elian Gonzales, the six-year-old Cuban boy who in April 2000 was taken from his
relatives in Florida and handed back to Castro's Communist prison? That
disgraceful event may serve as a concrete symbol of what our government wishes
to do over the long-term to all American children. How else to explain "Common
December 2013 the Daily
Mail reported on what happened to Elian, who is now twenty years old and
'Fidel Castro for me is like a
father,' Gonzalez said in the recent interview. 'I don't profess to have any
religion but if I did my God would be Fidel Castro. He is like a ship that knew
to take his crew on the right path.'
In an interview with the Cuban weekly Girón published on the cubadebate.cu
website, Elian, said his experience in Miami when he was six 'charged me for
life.' Speaking in his native Spanish, he said his basic rights as a child —
'the right to be with my father, the right to maintain my nationality and
remain in my cultural context' — were violated in the United States.
Those days were very sad for me,
which marked me for life', González said Monday. 'It never gave me the chance
to think of my mother, who died at sea as a result of the Cuban Adjustment
Act,' he said, referring to the 1966 U.S. law that allows any Cuban who reaches
the U. S. by any means to be paroled and given residency.
Havana has called the law
'murderous' and blamed it for encouraging Cubans to board rickety boats to
cross the Florida Straits in the hopes of reaching the U.S. González said he
“suffered the consequences of the act.' But he emphasized that “our struggle is
not against the American people; it is against their government.' He said.
'From the moment Americans knew of my case, they took to the streets to call
for me to be sent back to my country.'
That's what our government and the German government wish American and German
children to grow up to be: thoroughly brainwashed ventriloquist dummies
spouting love for the state that reared and educated them.
government was willing to hand Elian over to Castro's tyranny. When will
American parents stop handing their children over to the brainwashers in
American public schools? When will they stop being beastly to their own
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:: Monday, March 03, 2014 ::
The "Gay Gestapo" and Dead Donkeys
Posted by Edward Cline at 10:14 AM
Orwell, in an essay about Salvador Dali and the disintegrating culture in which
[Dali] grew up into the corrupt
world of the nineteen-twenties, when sophistication was immensely widespread
and every European capital swarmed with aristocrats and rentiers who had given
up sport and politics and taken to patronizing the arts. If you threw dead
donkeys at people they threw money back. A phobia for grasshoppers – which a
few decades earlier would merely have provoked a snigger – was now an
interesting "complex' which could be profitably exploited.*
when Dali produced his execrable art, patrons threw money at it. The "dead
donkey" was a still, one of Dali's favorite pictures, of a rotting corpse
from a Surrealist film, Le Chien Andalou.
gay political bloc in this country is now chortling over Arizona Governor Janet
Brewer's veto of the allegedly "anti-gay" bill that would have
purportedly protected the right of businesses to refuse dealing with gays on
religious grounds. But the whole "gay" phenomenon in this country is
but a dead donkey decorated with a live grasshopper affixed to its nose. Gay
organizations threw it at the government, the courts, the press, and the public
at large – and they all threw money back at it.
The issue has little to do with
Christian beliefs, or any system of beliefs. It has to do with forcing a mind to act against one's best
interests and values.
“Senate Bill 1062 ... could
divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want,” she
told the room packed with journalists from around the country. “Let’s turn the
ugliness of the debate over Senate Bill 1062 into a renewed search for greater
respect and understanding among all Arizonans and Americans.”
“As governor, I have protected
religious freedoms when there is a specific and present concern that exists in
our state,” she said. “Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present
concern related to religious liberty in Arizona. I have not heard of one
example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been
the Gay Gestapo time, Governor. There is an Islamic tactic for punishing
outspoken critics of Islam called "libel
tourism," which, if anyone remembers, involved suing an American
author or publisher from another country's court, most notably a British court,
for "libeling" Islam. Even though many states have adopted laws that
protect American freedom of speech rights from such costly and time-consuming
legal moves, the prospect still chills speech.
Gay Gestapo has adopted that tactic and is applying it to their own ends –
which is the submission of Americans to the ethereal "rights" of
gays. They adopt an "in your face" flaunting of their gayness and
expect no one to have anything to say about it – or else. One could object to
homosexuality on religious grounds, or on rational grounds, but "gay
rights" must trump freedom of thought and the freedom to act on one's
"gay political" bloc is international
in scope. The Gestapo will be going from state to state to test the judicial
waters by targeting smaller businesses for "discriminatory" attitudes
and actions towards gays.
As a gay conservative woman, I
supported Arizona’s religious freedom bill, which was just vetoed this week by
Gov. Jan Brewer.
I supported it because it embodied
the values every American civil rights movement stood for: the freedom to live
our lives without being punished for who we are.
In this case, it was a bill
making sure people of faith would not be forced to violate their religious
beliefs in the event someone demanded they do so.This bill, like others across
the country, was thought necessary because of the emergence of business, large
and small, being attacked by the gay left for either espousing Christian values
or acting on their Christian faith. Ranging from a bakery to a photographer,
individuals were being sued for refusing to violate their religious beliefs.
recounting the failure of the Gay Gestapo to make Chick-fil-A knuckle under,
That targeting of Chick-fil-A was
a massive failure, which is why, I contend, the left shifted its focus to
smaller, local businesses that could more easily be intimidated and threatened.
Why would the Gay Gestapo suddenly need
to convince everyone that any act of faith must be viewed suspiciously as
discrimination and “hate?” Forcing a bakery, Hobby Lobby, Chick-fil-A or a
photographer to either violate their religious beliefs or be destroyed is
simply a test run. The real target is the church and temple. If the left can
convince our society to force people of faith to violate their sacraments in
the name of “equality,” why would we allow that to stop at the church door?
they're after bigger game: the whole culture, the whole country. Nothing will
stop the Gay Gestapo from using their litigatory battering rams to break down
everyone's door. They're taking a leaf from the Islamic campaign to conquer the
country, one selected target at a time. Which is strange, because Islam persecutes
gays. The Left, with which the Islamists and gays are allied, is also clueless
or deceiving itself about the end game of Islam. This unholy alliance shares
one end and one strategy: to make America bend to their collective will – with
lawsuits, harassment, and even violence. Their poster child is a person of
indefinable gender wearing earrings and a Gay Rainbow T-shirt. Their battle cry
is "Expropriate the Expropriators of Our Self-Esteem and Dignity!"
[It] allowed the new
"protected class" to assert its power over everyone else, and to proceed
with its deconstructionist agenda to rehabilitate the whole country – with
force. It fits right in with Barack Obama's plan to "transform"
"In five days we are going
to fundamentally transform America."
….into tribes of protected
classes, who cannot be refused anything.
The Hispanic National Bar Assn.
said it will move its 40th annual convention, scheduled for September 2015 in
Phoenix, because the legislation, SB 1062, discriminates against members of
Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
“The HNBA views this as a civil
rights issue. As a national association of lawyers committed to promoting the
ideals of equal protection, equal opportunity, tolerance and inclusiveness, it
is imperative that we speak up and take immediate action in the presence of
injustice,” national president Miguel Alexander Pozo stated.
next? The League of LGBT garage mechanics? The National Association of
Boys? The American Alliance of Undecided Ethnicities? Whose feelings have
been irreparably hurt by anyone not wanting to deal with some random manqué and
group cipher – and reparable only if a deconstructionist, half-wit Progressive
judge rules against freedom of association and forces people to deal with gays,
whether they wish to or not, and to pay court costs, besides?
anyone conclude that the author is "anti-gay," he would be wrong. I
am neither "anti-gay" nor "pro-gay." I frankly do not dwell
much on the psychological and identity disorders of others. For years I had a
gay literary agent; the issue of his "gayness" never arose. Before he
retired, I regarded him as the last "gentleman agent" in the
business. He would have regarded throwing the "dead donkey" of his
gayness at me as uncivil and unforgivably offensive. Ours was a voluntary
business relationship; he liked my novels and I liked his sales track record. A
business relationship based on court-sanctioned force on either of our parts
was inconceivable. But that was in the 1970's and 1980's, when many current
norms were inconceivable.
the gay parade float pulled by a twenty-mule-team,
featuring an odiferous, putrefying dead donkey! It's "art"! It's
would approve, and expect everyone to salute it. And if you don't salute
it….see you in court! Hee haw!
"Benefit of Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dali" (1944), in All Art is Propaganda: Critical Notes,
by George Orwell. New York: Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008. P. 221.
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