Last month I wrote about the Romeike family, a German family of homeschoolers that was given the choice to abandon their religious convictions or lose custody of their children. Although the family is seeking asylum in the U.S., President Obama’s Justice Department has argued that the family should be denied refugee status based on their contention that governments may legitimately use its authority to force parents to send their kids to government-sanctioned schools.

Nick Gillespie of talked to Mike Donnelly, a lawyer for the Home School Legal Defense Association and a representative for the Romeike family, about the case and the history of anti-homeschooling laws in Germany.

  • i home schooled and for religious as well as academic reasons. In Catholic teaching, the parents are the primary teachers of their children. Teachers help the parents but do not take away the parental authority. If governments take this right away from parents, it is a violation of parental duties and rights as well as a distinct attack on Catholicism and other religions which honor the parental right.

    I see these laws are directly undermining both established religions and the family. In other words, a socialist or communist ideology to destroy the family.