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German Court Denies Missionary Family Residence Visa over Homeschooling

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By Peter J. Smith

UEHLFELD, Germany, January 25, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A German court has rejected the visa appeal of a US Baptist missionary family, which now faces deportation from the country for choosing to educate their children at home instead of in the German school system.

As previously reported by LifeSiteNews.com, Clint Robinson, his wife Susan and their three children were denied a residency permit by authorities in Germany after it was discovered that the Robinsons were Baptist missionaries and were homeschooling their children. Last minute negotiations last month by the International Human Rights Group (IHRG), an organization that has championed the rights of homeschooling families in Germany, convinced officials to postpone the deportation order and work for a settlement. (https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/dec/07122110.html)

However, the court has now rejected the formal appeal filed by IHRG European Counsel Ronald Reichert, making the Robinson family’s future in Germany uncertain.

"The court’s ruling was entirely on a procedural matter," Joel Thornton, President of IHRG told LifeSiteNews.com. "The court refused to deal with the question as to whether the refusal to grant a permit to stay in Germany is ill-founded or not, and made an erroneous decision."

IHRG is appealing this most recent decision. Thornton said the group needs the help of homeschooling advocates to email US embassy officials in Germany "asking the US government to do everything in their power to help the Robinson family."

Thornton said that the IHRG have the ability to forward responses directly to high-level personnel in the embassy, if messages are sent to his e-mail address [email protected].

"We are also meeting with local German officials in an attempt to get them to grant the visa regardless of the court decision. This is an alternative way to keep the Robinson family in Germany," he said.

Germany’s ban on homeschooling began with the Third Reich. Chancellor Adolf Hitler banned the practice in 1938 in order to indoctrinate all young Germans in Nazi ideology through the public schools. Authorities have increasingly adopted the methods of National Socialist (Nazi) Germany to suppress homeschooling, which it regards as a "parallel society," dangerous to the health of the state.

The parents of the nation’s estimated 300-500 homeschoolers face imprisonment, heavy fines and the state seizure of their children. Earlier this month, Klaus and Kathrin Landahl and their five children fled to England in order to escape the confiscation of their children by the mayor of their town. (https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jan/08010906.html)

To contact US embassy officials through the International Human Rights Group (IHRG) care of Joel Thornton: [email protected]

To express concerns to German authorities:

President of the Federal Republic of Germany
  11010 Berlin
  Germany
  Telefon: +49 30 20 00-0
  Fax: +49 030 20 00-19 99
  E-Mail: [email protected]

Chancellor
  Angela Merkel
  Willy-Brandt-Straße 1
  10557 Berlin
  Germany
  Telefon: +49 180 272-0000
  Fax: +49 1888 272-2555
  E-Mail: [email protected]

Politician Joachim Herrmann
  Chief of the CSU Party
  Joachim Herrmann
  Ludwig-Erhard-Straße 9 a
  91052 Erlangen
  Germany
  Telefon: +49 9131- 53 45 38
  Telefax: +49 9131- 61 18 40
  E-Mail: [email protected]

To contact the German embassies in Canada and the United States.
 
  In Canada:

German Embassy
  1 Waverley Street
  Ottawa, ON, K2P 0T8
  Tel.: 613-232-1101 Fax: 613-594-9330
  Email: [email protected]

In the US:

German Embassy
  4645 Reservoir Road NW
  Washington, DC, 20007-1998
  (202) 298-4000
  The embassy can be e-mailed from its website: http://www.globescope.biz/germany/reg/index.cfm

See previous coverage by LifeSiteNews.com:

Homeschooling Missionary Family Narrowly Avoids German Deportation for Now
https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/dec/07122110.html

See related coverage by LifeSiteNews.com:

German Homeschooling Family Flees to England After Mayor Attempts to Seize Children
https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jan/08010906.html

German Homeschooler Melissa Busekros Home with Family after 3 Month Ordeal
https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/apr/07042301.html

Three More Families Appeal for Help as Germany Continues Crackdown on Homeschooling Families
https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/apr/07041609.html

German Court Places Custody of Yet Another 5 Homeschooling Children with Government’s Youth Office
https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/mar/07032204.html

Authorities Ask German Homeschooling Family to Give up Custody of Other 5 Children
https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/feb/07022602.html

European Human Rights Court Rules State May Deny Parents Right to Home School Their Children
https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2006/sep/06092708.html

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