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Missouri Family E-News

September 17, 2013

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Home School Children Seized from Home in Germany 

 

German officials have seized the children of a homeschooling family in the town of Darmstadt because the family refused to educate their children in government schools.

 

A large contingent of twenty police officers, social workers, and special agents descended on the home of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich at 8AM on the morning of August 29th.

  

Equipped with a battering ram, the police officers charged into the home and forcibly removed the four Darmstadt children, aged 7 to 14.

 

"The police shoved me into a chair and wouldn't even let me make a phone call," Dirk Wunderlich says.  "When I was allowed outside, I turned around to see my daughter being escorted as if she were a criminal by two big policemen."

 

"When my wife tried to give my daughter a kiss and hug goodbye, one of the special agents elbowed her out of the way and said, 'It's too late for that.' What kind of government acts like this?"

 

The Wunderlichs were not informed where their children would be taken.  They were advised by the authorities that they would not be seeing their children "anytime soon." 

 

Michael Farris, Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, says that Germany continues to violate the human rights of home school families.

 

"Germany is a party to numerous human rights treaties that recognize the rights of parents to provide an education distinct from the public schools so that children may be educated according to the parents' religious convictions.  This latest incident of seizing these four beautiful, innocent children is an outrageous act of a rogue nation."

 

In a related story, a Swedish couple has been fined by the Swedish government for choosing to educate their daughter at home.  

 

Jonas Himmelstrand and his wife have been fined $11,000 by the Swedish Administrative Court for failing to provide instruction for  their children in government schools.

 

The Himmelstrands have sought exile in Finland, and are appealing the verdict to the European Court.  The country of Finland has proven more hospitable than the United States for homeschool families fleeing persecution in Germany and Sweden.

 

In late spring, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to authorize political asylum in the United States for the German family of Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their six children.

 

The Romeike family had been fined a total of $9000 for failing to enroll their children in the government schools.  The Obama Administration's Justice Department opposed political asylum for the Romeikes, maintaining that laws that prohibit home education do not violate basic human rights.            

  

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Christian Cake Shop Shuttered After Homosexual Boycott 

The Christian owners of an Oregon bakery are shutting down their storefront cake shop following harassment by homosexual activists and state labor authorities.  Aaron and Melissa Klein say they are closing the doors on their retail bakery store in Gresham, Oregon, because null of the "Mafia-style tactics" of "gay rights" activists and supporters.

The Kleins' business, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, became the center of controversy in January when the shop declined to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex union ceremony.  The Kleins cited their religious beliefs in refusing to bake the ceremonial cake for the lesbian "couple."

"I believe marriage is between a man and a woman," Aaron Klein said.  "I don't want to help somebody celebrate a commitment to a lifetime of sin."

The lesbian couple filed a complain with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, charging that they were the victims of "sexual orientation" discrimination.  State labor officials are investigating the business to determine whether the Kleins violated state laws null protecting individuals from discrimination based on "sexual orientation."

Brad Avakian, Commissioner of the Labor and Industries Bureau, says that the goal of the state officials is to "rehabilitate" business owners like the Kleins. "Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, but that doesn't mean folks have the right to discriminate.  Our goal is to rehabilitate.  For those who do violate the law, we want them to learn from that experience."

"It's a sad day for Christian business owners and it's a sad day for the First Amendment," says Aaron Klein.  "They've been militant.  They have killed our business through mob tactics.  The best way I can describe it is null they've used Mafia tactics against our business. My attorney calls it economic terrorism."

Homosexual activists conducted demonstrations outside the Sweet Cakes by Melissa shop.  They organized a public boycott against the business.  They threatened vendors who did business with the Kleins (such as florists and wedding planners) that they would organize boycotts against them as well.  As a result, the Kleins' wedding business dried up.

As the hate campaign against the Kleins has raged, the family has borne the brunt of numerous vile and malicious threats.  The Kleins have received e-mail messages in which individuals expressed the hope that null Aaron and Melissa would be killed and that their children would die. 

One person wrote:  "You stupid bible thumping b****.  I hope your kids get really, really sick."  Another person wrote:  "Maybe your God will send you some cat food to eat when you are living on the street."

The Kleins have responded by posting a Scripture from Proverbs on their website:  "Better is a poor man who walks in integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways." 

Aaron Klein says he remains in good spirits.  "This is a fight that has been coming for a while.  I'm happy to be serving the Lord and standing up for what's right.  Hopefully, the church will wake up and understand that we are under attack right now."

null Melissa Klein says that the episode has strengthened her faith.  "It is so worth it just to sit back and watch how God provides for you.  I struggled in the past with trust and even with my faith in Him and through this my faith has grown, my trust has grown tremendously."

"Yes, I have lost something I worked really hard for and have put lots of years into," she adds.  "But I know that really doesn't matter.  My eternal home is what matters.  I'm happy and OK and being provided for."

Please continue to be praying for the Kleins, who home educate their five children.  If the Oregon Bureau of null Labor and Industries rules against them, they could be liable for a civil penalty of $1000 per "violation," and as much as $50,000 for "emotional damage."

Homosexual activists are now trying to stop Melissa from baking cakes for sale out of her home.  "They're just continually harassing us," Melissa says.  I guess in my mind I thought we lived in a lot nicer world where everybody tolerated everybody."

During the recent legislative session here in Missouri, the Missouri Senate passed legislation which would have authorized the same kind of legal harassment of Christian business owners.  Fortunately, the Missouri null House rejected the adoption of the "sexual orientation discrimination" bill.

We urge you to send a message of encouragement to the Kleins.  You can do so at this e-mail:  melissa@sweetcakesweb.com

You can watch a Fox News interview with the Kleins at this link:
Sweet Cakes by Melissa

 

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