Just FYI!

Mere Coincidence? I Think Not!

In case there is anyone out there that hasn’t heard about it, Germany has a law forbidding homeschooling. They say that if people keep their children out of state approved schools, they may think and believe differently than their culture does. And they do enforce this law.

Recently a family in Germany had their children forcibly removed from their home by what amounted to a 20 member swat team.  What was their crime?  Homeschooling.  The children were kept separated from each other as well as their parents for several weeks.  The parents finally gave up and agreed to send them to a government approved school.  They are in the process of getting the children back, we hope.

Another family, the Romeikes, chose to flee Germany to the U.S. to escape this persecution.  They applied for asylum due to religious persecution, and were denied.

Just why is homeschooling one’s own children such a crime, and how does our present government feel about it all?

The Obama administration has filed another brief against the Romeikes, a German homeschooling  family seeking asylum in the U.S.

The brief argues that Germany’s laws forbidding homeschooling actually promote tolerance. The U.S. Justice Department defends Germany’s opposition to religious “parallel societies.”

The government’s pleading read, “The goal in Germany is for an ‘open, pluralistic society.'”[1]

pluralism: 4 a : a state of society in which members of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, or social groups maintain and develop their traditional culture or special interest within the confines of a common civilization

: a concept, doctrine, or policy advocating this state[2]

What our American President is saying is that he agrees with Germany that by homeschooling their children and teaching them Christian morals and values the Romeikes are promoting division instead of tolerance and acceptance, beliefs other than what the government wants them to believe.


Karla McKanders, an asylum and refugee law specialist at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, told ABC News the family faces an uphill battle.

“They are trying to establish that they are eligible for asylum under the social group category, which is a difficult group to prove in the first place,” McKanders said.

McKanders also says that public policy implications as far as the United States’ relationship with Germany could also be in play in this case, and that immigration officials may be wary of setting a precedent that establishes homeschooling as a means for asylum.

“They don’t want to open up the floodgates for similar asylum claims based on these grounds,” she said.[3]

NOTE: After a two-year fight, Judge Gives German Homeschooling Family Asylum

I hear you out there, “Wow, that is bad.  Sure glad it’s half a world away and nowhere near me!”  Well, buckle your seat belt, Bubba!

The United States of America Education Department has been working on standardizing American children’s’ education.  They want everyone across the board to get the same level of education, no matter what the economic or cultural differences are.

Our son is now 26 years old, so I have not been as keen on the educational situation as I used to be.  It came as a literal and total shock when I read this:

Now they’re arresting people who complain about the Common Core

What in the world is “the Common Core” you may ask.  (If you did, believe me, you are not alone.  I know that I had no idea what it was!)  Well, here ya’ go: 45 states and the District of Columbia are for the first time using Common Core State Standards Initiative in trying to standardize the curricula for grades K-12 throughout the country.  One man,  Robert Small, attended a question-and-answer forum held by the Maryland State Department of Education in Baltimore recently.  Mr. Small was actually jerked into the aisle by a security officer, taken out (roughly I might add), handcuffed and arrested!  FOR DISAGREEING WITH HIS SCHOOL BOARD ABOUT USING COMMON CORE!  (See video here)


PUBLIC NOTICE AND WARNING TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS (Photo credit: roberthuffstutter)

To me it looks like our government is attempting to be like Great Britain in regards to gun control (There are very few people allowed to have shotguns in England; the police literally went door-to-door taking all other guns from the good people of England, and crime went up 600%.  Yeah, the people hate it!)[4], and like Germany as far as wanting a “Pluralistic society”: Everyone thinking like the government wants them to think, no divisive beliefs, no divisions.

And from where I sit, it looks like they are well on their way to getting it.  Whether we like it or not.

[1]  Justice Dept.: Anti-Homeschool Law Aids Tolerance
[2] Mariam Webster online: pluralism
[3] Home Schooling German Family Fights Deportation
[4] Gun Control in Great Britain: A Warning To America

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Good Deals

Too Good To Be True? No, But It Is That Good of A Deal!

We have stumbled upon a goldmine!

It would seem that Red Box is selling its overstock of movies through the local $ General Stores. At least they are in our neck of the woods. That, in and of itself, is really neat, but check this out:

They are selling them for $1.95 (yes, that is 1 [one] dollar and ninety-five cents) to $2.95.

Even a frugalista like me can go for that.

One word of warning, though:

The selection changes very often, so if you see something you would like to have you better get it while you can.  It may not be there tomorrow.

As for my family:  This deal makes us happy, happy, happy!

Right and wrong

Sooooooo, How Is This Right?

Christian Photographer Loses Gay Wedding Case 

And that is not the only instance:

Flower Shop Owner Sued for Refusing Gay Wedding 

Now, if they are not trying to stop the ceremonies, not doing anything to offend anyone, simply choosing not  to participate in a ceremony that  is offensive to their religious beliefs .

If I have a business, I will have to serve anyone that comes in the door.

I am a Christian.  I am not a Homophobe.  I do not hate homosexuals.  I have had good friends that were gay.  Did I accept their lifestyle?  No.  Did I approve of it?  No, I didn’t.  But I did accept the people, themselves.

All I ask is that they not rub it in my face, so to speak.

I truly fail to see how these lawsuits can possibly be right.  These business women have legitimate reasons for denying the gay couples service.  Whether others believe it or not, the Bible plainly states that homosexuality is wrong.  In fact, it is not just wrong, but severley hated; worse than a sin, an abomination.

Now, how can it be right to  demand that a Christian provide services that are going to place them squarely in the middle of a gay “marriage” ceremony?

Easy: It’s not.

Now the rights of Christians are being violated.

But, now, that one doesn’t seem to matter.