Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Ken Blackwell.
President Obama is suffering the not untypical reality of Second Term blues, or blahs. His administration is beset by scandals, foreign and domestic. But his record can still be examined for a clear understanding of this president’s preferences.
Take the Romeike family, for instance. The Obama administration is relentlessly pursuing them through the courts. President Obama wants this family deported. These evangelical Christian home schoolers fled their native Germany in 2008. They pleaded for and obtained temporary asylum in this country.
They have lived since then in a quiet hamlet in Tennessee, home schooling their six children. Hannalore and husband Uwe were threatened with imprisonment and loss of custody of their children in Germany if they persisted in home schooling them.
Modern Germany is in many ways a model democracy. And we have praised German Chancellor Angela Merkel for saying that Christians are the most persecuted religious group. (If that is so, it is tragically because millions of Jews have already been driven from their homelands.) Even as we commend the Chancellor; however, we deplore the sad fact that Germany today is persecuting Christians who seek to home school.
The Obama administration denies that this is a problem. If the government’s values clash with those of Christian parents—especially on matters of faith and morals—it is no violation of your rights, the president believes. It’s alright for you to be compelled to send your kids to public schools. Remember this when Mr. Obama touts the benefits of his pre-school programs.
The Romeikes are appealing. They are being staunchly defended by Mike Farris and the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). But they must fight against the whole weight of the U.S. Government, hounded and harried by Attorney General Eric Holder. Religious freedom is not seen by this administration as a fundamental human right.
Compare President Obama’s treatment of the Romeikes with his treatment of Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf. This Muslim cleric has been welcomed as a naturalized American citizen. He holds the U.S. responsible for 9/11, but he has been coddled by this administration. His book is a virtual celebration of Islamist triumphalism. Published in Malaysia under the troubling title: A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Dawa in the Heart of America Post-9/11.