Nuggets of Wisdom

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Nanny State Forces Christian Home-Schooled Girl Into Public School

We Americans are blessed with many freedoms, one of which is the freedom of parents to decide how to educate their children, be it through public, private, or home school. Yet this freedom, as with many other freedoms, is slowly being deprived from us by big government intervention.

Take the case of a 10-year-old New Hampshire girl for example:

LACONIA, N.H. — An Alliance Defense Fund allied attorney filed motions with a New Hampshire court Monday asking it to reconsider and stay its decision to order a 10-year-old home-schooled girl into a government-run school in Meredith.

Although the marital master making recommendations to the court agreed the child is “well liked, social and interactive with her peers, academically promising, and intellectually at or superior to grade level” and that “it is clear that the home schooling...has more than kept up with the academic requirements of the...public school system,” he nonetheless proposed that the Christian girl be ordered into a government-run school after considering “the impact of [her religious] beliefs on her interaction with others.” The court approved the order.

So did the state intervene because the girl was failing academically? No. Did the state intervene because the girl was developing social problems? No. The state intervened because the girl was considered too strong in her religious beliefs.

Does freedom of religion mean anything anymore?

[A]ccording to the court order…the girl “appeared to reflect her mother’s rigidity on questions of faith” and that the girl’s interests “would be best served by exposure to a public school setting” and “different points of view at a time when she must begin to critically evaluate multiple systems of belief...in order to select, as a young adult, which of those systems will best suit her own needs.”

Marital Master Michael Garner reasoned that the girl’s “vigorous defense of her religious beliefs to [her] counselor suggests strongly that she has not had the opportunity to seriously consider any other point of view” and then recommended that the girl be ordered to enroll in a government school instead of being home-schooled. Judge Lucinda V. Sadler approved the recommendation and issued the order on July 14.

Now the state ought to intervene with a child’s religious upbringing if it conflicts with the child’s physical well-being. This is true with the terminally-ill boy whose parents wanted to use prayer and alternative medicine instead of chemotherapy. This is true with the children who lived in a polygamist Mormon compound that was accused of sexual abuse. This is not true with a home-schooled girl who has developed a “vigorous defense of her religious faith” due to her homeschooling. There was no physical threat to this girl’s physical well-being. The state simply decided that the girl’s religious beliefs were too strong, a decision the state has no authority in making nor should have any authority in making.

Yet the nanny state won’t be satisfied until every child is enrolled into its state-run brainwashing facilities and transformed into state-worshipping drones, and it will use any reason to do so.

Don’t like my opinion? Don’t blame me. Blame the 1st.