Above is a plea from Melissa Busekros, asking all who are concerned for her for help. To the right is a photograph of Melissa and her sister, talking through the window to an official from the International Human Rights Group (IHRG). The location is a clearing house, where Melissa was allowed to meet with her parents.
Melissa, as you may know, is the fifteen-year-old German girl who was forcibly removed from her parents' home and placed in a mental institution because her family committed the crime of homeschooling. Homeschooling was made illegal in Germany during the Hitler regime, and is still illegal today, according to Wolfgang Drautz, Consul General for the Federal Republic of Germany, because the government "has a legitimate interest in countering the rise of parallel societies that are based on religion or motivated by different world views and in integrating minorities into the population as a whole."
In other words, your children belong to us.
Despite increasing international pressure, the German government is not backing down. As WorldNetDaily reported earlier this week, a German appeals court affirmed the lower court's decision to remove Melissa from her home and keep her in foster care, despite a lower court's proposal accepted by the parents for her to return home under state supervision.
Part of the appeals court ruling included a requirement for her parents, Hubert and Gudrun Busekros, to also be given state-sponsored psychiatric tests, and Joel Thornton, president of the IHRG said there was a high concern that the government will use those tests to remove the other five children from the family.
There also is the fear "Melissa will be returned to the psychiatric clinic system in Germany and 'disappear.' This would leave the family with no way to know where Melissa is or how she is doing. She could become a ward of the state and completely lost to her family," Thornton said.
Considering the unbelievably bizarre and unconscionable circumstances under which she suffers, Melissa seems to have a very level head on her shoulders-- no surprise for a homeschooled teen.
Also reported on WorldNetDaily, the case has gotten the attention of the German community.
"Christian activists say the case is an assault on religious liberties and the right of a Christian family to homeschool their daughter," said Speigel Online International's English-language edition.
"The case has been widely reported in Christian and conservative media in the United States, with some commentators comparing the authorities to Nazis. Activists are being encouraged to pray for the girl and petition German Chancellor Angela Merkel, while one Web site is even calling for a boycott on German goods," the report continued.
"However the German authorities deny that the case is an assault on homeschooling and say the decision to remove the girl from her family was motivated by concern for the girl's welfare."
The Spiegel report said a medical diagnosis for Melissa that was posted on the Internet reported she was suffering from "emotional disturbances" and "school phobia" and recommendation she be taken away from her parents.
(OK, serious story, but an aside: School Phobia?????!!!! How many millions of children in the United States are thus afflicted with a horrible mental disorder? Don't let your children's teachers overhear any whining about going to school! I myself have School Board Phobia, should I get checked out?)
One of the first acts by Hitler when he moved into power was to create the governmental Ministry of Education and give it control of all schools, and school-related issues.
In 1937, the dictator said, "The Youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing."
Experts believe American homeschoolers should be concerned because of the ease with which similar restrictions on free choice could be imposed in the United States.
Melissa needs and wants your help. If you can, please do so.
The IHRG said Americans could contact:
Youth Welfare Office
Director: Edeltraud Höllerer
RathausRathausplatz 191052 Erlangen
Tel. +49 9131 86-2844
Fax +49 9131 86-2438
Mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgOr email@example.com
Responsible OfficialMonika Muzenhardt
Mozartstraße 2391052 Erlangen
Tel. +49 9131-782 01
Fax +49 9131/782-361
elements of this post were taken from a story on WorldNetDaily, original story here: http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=54695
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