Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Parental Rights- Romeikes, Farris in Court Today

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April 23, 2013
Romeikes, Farris in Court Today

Today the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the case of Romeike v. Holder. While this is an asylum case precipitated by a German law, its outcome could greatly impact American parental rights law. ParentalRights.org President Michael Farris is representing the family in court.

Farris shared on his Facebook page last week, “The more I prepare, the more I am convinced of the rightness of this case.”

At issue is whether or not a parent has a prior right to direct the education of his or her child – whether a parent’s human rights include the right simply to decide where their child will attend school, and what kind of education the child will receive.

The Romeikes fled Germany in order to home school their children in accordance with their deeply held religious beliefs. Under German law, all children must attend state-funded schools and learn what the government wants them to learn. So the family made a legal visit to Tennessee (visas, passports, etc.) and filed for asylum while they were there.

The amnesty court granted their petition, finding that Germany’s law violates the family’s prior right to determine the kind of education their children would receive. But the Administration appealed through the office of Attorney General Eric Holder. Today is the day that appeal is to be heard.

Action Items
If you have friends or family who have not yet signed the petition to support the Parental Rights Amendment, urge them to visit parentalrights.org/petition and sign up today.

Also, please donate to support this important cause. You can donate to ParentalRights.org here, or you can give directly to support the Romeike case through HSLDA’s Freedom Fund here.

We know your thoughts and hearts are with us as we await the outcome of today’s parental rights case. We will let you know how it turns out as soon as we hear. Thank you for standing with us to protect parental rights!


Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

P.S. – Three weeks ago I mentioned that we would be contacting the Senate soon to remind them that they work for us. That effort was postponed due to information from our Capitol Hill connections that the timing was not right. We try to seek the most effective moments so that we are not wasteful of our greatest resource as an organization – your time and efforts.

We will not drop the ball on preventing ratification of any United Nations treaty that would threaten your parental rights, so watch for that blitz to come up at a later time.
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