Conservative actor and writer Chuck Norris argued for local and parental control of education, as advocated by the author of the Declaration of Independence, the founder of the Library of Congress, and America's Third President – Thomas Jefferson.
"Jefferson – as well as most of the other founders – couldn't ever imagine that public education would be controlled by the federal or even state governments," Norris wrote in a Sunday op-ed. Instead, the founders believed education "should be run and funded by parents and those in local communities or wards."
Norris quoted a 1784 bill Jefferson proposed in the state of Virginia, which divided counties into even smaller school districts of 5-6 square miles. The districts, counties, states, and the federal government would each have their own authority, Jefferson explained, so as to provide checks and balances for each other. more >>
The White House has posted a response to the petition to stop the deportation of the Romeikes, a homeschooling family from Germany. The White House does not respond to issues before the courts, the response said, but they understand why parents would value the freedom to homeschool.
"But while we can't comment on this particular issue," the White House wrote, "we know that homeschooling is a popular option for many parents pursuing high academic standards for their children. Homeschooling can provide young people with the resources and attention they need to succeed academically, and we understand why their parents value this freedom."
The White House has agreed to provide an official response to any petition that receives at least 100,000 signatures. The petition received 127,258 signatures. more >>
The odds that the U.S. Supreme Court will take the case of the Romeikes, a German homeschooling family that the U.S. Justice Department is seeking to deport, are better than average, the family's legal representative, Michael Farris, said Tuesday on "The Mike Huckabee Show".
Farris, who is chairman of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, reminded people, though, that the odds of a case being heard by the Court are about one in 100. So better than average for a case to be heard by the Court, five in 100 or 10 in 100, is still a long shot.
"Being a Baptist like yourself, I don't have the gift of prophecy," Farris joked. "But we have a good case. We have a decent shot. We have all the legal reasons. So, if someone there [in the Supreme Court] wanted to do the right thing, they will have all the proper legal ammunition for them to do so." more >>
A 31-year-old electrician, father of seven and pastor from Tempe, Ariz., who once wished President Barack Obama would die of brain cancer like Ted Kennedy, came under fire from Irish citizens last week after he declared that the Bible says "gays should be executed" and he supports the teaching.
In a lengthy discussion on Ireland's Classic Hits 4fm radio station that was posted on YouTube, Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church sparred with callers over his views covering issues such as spanking, sex, modesty, homeschooling and homosexuality. The man's responses made some people so upset they swore at him.
"Well the Bible teaches actually that gays should be executed. Because it actually says in Leviticus 20:13 that if a man also lie with mankind as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination, they shall surely be put to death, their blood shall be upon them," said Anderson in the just over one-hour session. Prior to that, he had argued that women who wear mini-skirts were dressing like "whores" and that it was inappropriate for women to wear pants. more >>
Advancing the goal of tolerance in society may require denying parents the right to determine their children's education, the U.S. Justice Department argued in a legal brief for the case of a German homeschooling family seeking asylum.
The Romeikes fled to the United States from Germany when they were faced with heavy fines and the possibility of having their children taken away from them for choosing to homeschool rather than send their children to the German public schools. They chose to homeschool because they believed the public schools were teaching their children lessons antithetical to their evangelical Christian beliefs.
Though they were initially granted asylum by a district judge, an immigration court and the Justice Department has sought to send them back to Germany. In May, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the Justice Department. The Justice Department's June 26 brief is in response to a request for a rehearing of the case filed by the Home School Legal Defense Association, which is representing the Romeikes. more >>
The Justice Department said German laws outlawing homeschooling do not constitute persecution and they want a German homeschooling family kicked out of the United States, according to a briefing filed in a high profile asylum case.
"The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society," the Justice Department brief states in their battle against the Romeike family. "Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany."
Germany has a national law requiring children to either attend public school or a government-approved private school. more >>