Homeschooling is against the law in Germany. Why? Because, says the German Supreme Court, they don’t want anyone developing a “parallel culture.” The fact that millions of Muslims in Germany insist on living in a parallel culture doesn’t seem to register. But let Christian parents in Germany try to give their children a Christian education, and watch the jackboots storm into action.
It was the Nazi regime that banned homeschooling. This law is one of the few surviving relics of the Hitler era. The Third Reich lives on in the law against homeschooling.
Last year a German reader wrote a letter to Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, complaining about Farris’ articles attacking the ban. I don’t wish to edit the letter when quoting it, so please allow for the fact that Herr Schmidt is writing in what is, to him, a foreign language.
After telling Farris to mind his own business and stop picking on Germany, Herr Schmidt gets down to brass tacks:
“The only thing these so-called parents want is to prevent their children from a free and open minded view on the world. They want to force them into their own little world regardless of what the children want or not and only for religious reasons!”
This would imply that it’s somehow possible to raise children without indoctrinating them—or should we say “passing on to them”—some kind of worldview. Does he mean the public schools don’t do exactly that? Of course they do. So every parent must make a choice: shall the child be brought up in the parents’ world-view, or the public educators’? For Christians, those world-views are in deep conflict.
So far, Herr Schmidt is coming right out of the National Education Association playbook—right down to his declaration that “religious reasons” are contemptibly trivial. He continues:
“From the beginning these so called parents drummed their opinions into their poor children. They never had a chance to build up their own opinion. This can be called torture and if for sure harms the children in their development to be free, tolerant and open minded members of society. Only to please their parents and only to spread the parents strange ideas, disgusting.”
We get it: Christianity is a strange, disgusting idea, and Christians are slavish, intolerant and close-minded. Their children are mere clones. (And how many parents would be astounded to hear that!) I suppose he thinks “tolerant” means to embrace the ideology of public education—homosexuality, abortion, evolution, socialism, “Barack Hussein Obama, mm, mm, mm!” and so on.
How does Herr Schmidt propose to deal with all this intolerance and close-mindedness? He tells us.
“For my opinion these parents should be imprisoned and they should not be released before all of their children have finished school. Anyone, regardless of the reasons who harms his children, in whatever respect, should be removed from them immediately. If it happens for religious reasons the person should be jailed.”
This guy ought to run for president of the NEA. Somehow it’s “tolerant” to teach children how to use butt-plugs for anal sex, to teach them “you can be a boy today and a girl the next day, depending on how you feel,” and that there is no God and we’re all just a bunch of randomly-assembled molecules existing for no reason—but it’s out-and-out child abuse to teach them to love God and keep His commandments. Now that’s being open-minded! And anyone who doesn’t think so should be thrown in jail.
Herr Schmidt errs only in speaking from the heart, however warped and sinful his heart may be, instead of dolling it up in fine-sounding public education jargon. He shares with our expert “educators” the assumption that the Christian religion is a wicked lie standing between the human race and the achievement of a secular utopia. Acting on such views, Germany bans homeschooling and arrests Christians who practice it.
Is this the same Germany that gave us Luther, Bach, and Bonhoeffer? Say it ain’t so!
But I’m afraid it is so, kid; and not just for Germany. All the nations of the Western world, including our own, are already a good way down this road.
We have already seen, in the not-so-distant history of Germany, where that road leads.
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