Robert Knight

Earlier this year, the Obama Administration announced that it was deporting a home-schooling family from Germany, where home-schooling is illegal.

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, who now live in Tennessee, face the seizure of their six children by German authorities if they return, and possibly prison terms. Tough beans, said the Board of Immigration Appeals. As of this writing, the White House has yet to respond with more than a “no comment” to an online petition supporting the Romeikes that reached the minimum for a response of 100,000 signatures on April 9 and has climbed past 127,000 since then.

Meanwhile, a bizarre child abuse case is unfolding in California that the media are largely ignoring. State authorities should have stepped in long ago to stop the abuse – except that they apparently approve of it. After all, the parents are the perps.

Here’s what’s happening.

Two lesbians in Berkeley are turning their adopted 11-year-old boy into a girl. Seriously. The lad, who they acquired at age 2, is being given drugs via an implant on his left arm to block his puberty. The next step would be a surgery that will mutilate him forever. It’s supposed to be fine because the boy, Thomas, has bought into the idea. And the two women say that the drug scheme will give the boy, now named Tammy, more time to think it over.

And we’re supposed to be okay with this?

Children cannot give meaningful consent to such an earth-shattering decision, which is why adults must protect them from their own folly. We must also protect them from child abuse, no matter the source.

The civilized response to this news is to rescue the boy, revoke the adoption and charge the women with endangerment, abuse and whatever else the authorities can find to deter such criminal insanity. The next step would be to take a hard look at an adoption process that allows such horrors to be committed and even encourages them.

Where are the adults? And where are the liberals who so often skate over legitimate parental rights in their quest to use government force to dictate child rearing?

We’re talking about the administration of Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown, who signed a law on Oct. 1, 2012 outlawing the right of parents to take their children under 18 to counseling for unwanted same-sex desires. They can hire only counselors who affirm the children as gay. That’s California’s current idea of freedom.


Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.