What kind of human rights violations qualify a family for asylum in the United States? Join Mike Farris and special host Jim Mason to hear how one homeschool family is being threatened by the U.S. government, today on Home School Heartbeat.
Mike, why is the Obama administration’s position in this case so disturbing for American homeschoolers?
We have to understand the basics of the law of asylum to get to the answer. There are two kinds of human rights violations that are supposed to give you the basis for an asylum claim. Either you’ve been denied individual human liberty, or you’ve been denied some equal treatment because of the group that you belong to. If Catholics are discriminated against, if homeschoolers are discriminated against—it’s a group-based right. In this case, the Obama administration has said that homeschooling is not an individual liberty; in fact, they’ve gone so broadly as to suggest that religious liberty itself is not an individual right but only a group right. If a nation discriminates against Catholics or Mormons or Baptists, maybe that would suffice but not when one individual says, “God requires me to homeschool my kids,” or “God requires me to do something else,” and the government comes down with the full force of the law. The United States recognizes individual liberty as a right. But the Obama administration is saying, no, that branch of human rights law is thrown out. We’re not going to follow that at all.
Thanks, Mike. Oral argument in this case is scheduled for April 23rd and we ask all our listeners in this special edition of Home School Heartbeat to keep the Romeike family in prayer. For Home School Heartbeat, I’m Jim Mason.