Obama administration wins court battle to have Christian homeschooling family deported

Todd Starnes at Fox News does the best job of covering the religious liberty issue, and here is his latest story.


Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children.

They wanted to live in a country where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs.

The Romeikes were initially given asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution.

[…]“I think this is a part of the Obama administration’s overall campaign to crush religious freedom in this country,” said Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. His organization is representing family.

“The Obama administration’s attitude toward religious freedom, particularly religious freedom for Christians is shocking,” he told me in an exclusive telephone interview. “I have little doubt that if this family had been of some other faith that the decision would have never been appealed in the first place. They would have let this family stay.”

Had the family stayed in Germany, where homeschooling is illegal, they would have faced the prospect of losing their children. Like the Pilgrims, they fled their homeland yearning for a place where they could be free.

Farris said the religious bias perpetrated by the Obama administration is “palpable.”

“It’s a denial of the essence of America,” he said. “The Pilgrims left England to go to Holland to seek religious freedom. They came here to seek religious freedom and parental rights for their children. Had this administration been waiting at Plymouth Rock, they would’ve told the Pilgrims to go back home.”

But the United States has become hostile to people coming here to have religious liberty. But there is one group that is allowed to stay – no questions asked.


Building on pro-gay policies put in place by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama today ordered overseas federal agencies to fight local anti-gay violence and provide asylum to homosexuals seeking protection.

Obama said, “I am deeply concerned by the violence and discrimination targeting LGBT persons around the world — whether it is passing laws that criminalize LGBT status, beating citizens simply for joining peaceful LGBT pride celebrations, or killing men, women, and children for their perceived sexual orientation.”

His order was immediately praised by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s top lobby for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders. “The Obama administration has made a tremendous difference in the lives of LGBT people in the United States and this new strategy helps to extend that presidential leadership across the globe,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. 

“There is no question that the administration’s record of advancing equality for LGBT people has been enhanced by the leadership of Secretary Clinton who consistently underscores the simple truth that LGBT rights are human rights.”

A key element of the president’s memo to federal agencies would open up the United States to asylum seekers who are gay. “Those LGBT persons who seek refuge from violence and persecution face daunting challenges,” said Obama in his memo. “In order to improve protection for LGBT refugees and asylum seekers at all stages of displacement, the Departments of State and Homeland Security shall enhance their ongoing efforts to ensure that LGBT refugees and asylum seekers have equal access to protection and assistance, particularly in countries of first asylum.

“In addition, the Departments of State, Justice, and Homeland Security shall ensure appropriate training is in place so that relevant Federal Government personnel and key partners can effectively address the protection of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers, including by providing to them adequate assistance and ensuring that the federal government has the ability to identify and expedite resettlement of highly vulnerable persons with urgent protection needs.”

Here’s an example of how Obama welcomes some people, even as he rejects others. 

Imagine being deported back to a country that you know will take your children from you. That’s what the Obama administration did to this family. That’s how much they believe in religious liberty.

9 thoughts on “Obama administration wins court battle to have Christian homeschooling family deported”

  1. So, having your children forcibly taken from you is not as bad as LGBTXXX violence. (Do I even have to point out the stats on sexual violence within the gay community in order to justify my use of the term “LGBTXXX violence?”) There is no “with liberty and justice for all” anymore.


  2. I was sad to hear this. This family simply wants to train their children according to their own beliefs rather than have them taught things contrary to their beliefs by government schools. Their government is infringing upon their parental rights. They ought to be able to find freedom here. But, alas, we are no longer the bastion of freedom or the hope of the world. Our government is becoming oppressive, and we had the best government in the world. Where can people go now to be free? What refuge is there from government oppression?


  3. Yay! This was just posted on the HSLDA page:

    “BREAKING NEWS!!! The Romeikes can stay!!!

    Today, a Supervisor with the Department of Homeland Security called a member of our legal team to inform us that the Romeike family has been granted “indefinite deferred status”. This means that the Romeikes can stay in the United States permanently (unless they are convicted of a crime, etc.)

    This is an incredible victory that can only be credited to our Almighty God.

    We also want to thank those of who spoke up on this issue–including that long ago White House petition. We believe that the public outcry made this possible while God delivered the victory.

    This is an amazing turnaround in 24 hours. Praise the Lord.

    Proverbs 21: 1 “The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord, He guides it wherever He pleases.”
    ~~Michael Farris”

    Finally, some good news for the Romeikes!


    1. Awesome, Lindsay – thanks for posting – a miraculous turnaround by the Lord Jesus! Let’s just hope that that they are not now targeted by the IRS.


      1. I suspect this was done for political expediency. The Obama Administration really doesn’t care about one more homeschooling family in the U.S. They just wanted to use the Romeikes to make legal precedent. So, after they win in court, set the precedent that homsechooling is not a parental right (and that refusing to allow homeschooling is not persecution), they act magnanimous and allow the Romeikes to stay to get the public to shut up and forget about the whole thing. We need to be sure we DON’T forget about it. We need to keep working to ensure that our government recognizes the rights of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children.


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