A German family who say they were persecuted for home-schooling their children have failed in a last-ditch bid to stay in New Zealand.
The Schoeneich family's second attempt to gain refugee status, this time on humanitarian grounds, has failed and they now face deportation.
Home schooling is illegal in Germany and the family claims they would face fines, loss of custody and possible imprisonment if they returned
(Snip)After fighting with education officials in Germany - including receiving more than $6000 in fines - the family came to New Zealand in 2008 on temporary visas.
The parents, Andrea and Gerno, decide to home-school their children on religious grounds, believing the German state education was socialist and conflicted with their strong Christian beliefs.(Snip)Home Schooling New Zealand principal Todd Roughton said he felt for the Schoeneichs, who should be able to control their children's education. "They are being denied by the state."
Home Schooling New Zealand provides support for parents teaching about 750 New Zealand children at home a Christian "world view".
Roughton said state schools - in New Zealand and Europe - imposed a world view that was morally abhorrent for many Christian families. "If we were obliged to put our kids in a state school, we would leave the country too."
When was the last time you heard even a lone voice from the Fortress of Legislation in Wellingrad use either of the words liberty or freedom? I haven't heard those words for at least twenty years. If this is the free West, doesn't that strike you as odd? The West was built on a classical liberalism that has been subverted and defeated by Antonio Gramsci standing at the head of our classrooms, and he won because he caught the hearts of the children, and was able to make the first imprint before they were capable of critical thinking. That was why Comrade Antonio, founder of the Italian Communist Party, said the free West would not be beaten by the gun, but slowly stamping the minds of the impressionable young. The enemies of the free society didn't need AK 47's, just 'enough' progressive teachers in a state school system to preach the Big Brother State in everything.
"“Remember that this is for the greater good of the city.” No comfort to those of us being screwed by the Government"
Hey, you're turning libertarian :) Every tyranny in history justified itself on common good. Only individuals have rights.
ha! If I believed it were for the common good, then I might have more time for it