Good morning. I wanted to jot down a few unconnected things:
1. Nancy Pelosi says she has enough votes in the House to pass the Senate healthcare takeover bill. The Leader says he never quits, and promises more of the same. If this bill passes, can we lay to rest the notion that this is a representative government once and for all? The arrogance of these people is stunning, but will it be checked?
2. Speaking of arrogance, it really takes some arrogance to say things one knows are false with the appearance of conviction. To continue the lie after it is exposed is a higher level of arrogance-- almost an art form. Yet the Leader doesn't quite manage it here, as he gives the Congress a good laugh about "climate change" (h/t: Gateway Pundit):
3. On another topic, a friend of mine asked me if Jamie Allman will attend the Mass on the Feast of St. Francis de Sales--the patron of writers and journalists-- tomorrow. I don't know, but he surely is welcome. If anyone sees him, be sure to drop a line.
4. The post on the victory for parental rights that was the grant of asylum to the German homeschooling family has generated some interesting comments. The German government had more than one defender, including a German man who wrote in. I responded to him. The exchange might be interesting to those who care about this issue, so I reprint it here (I have taken the liberty of correcting the spelling in the original, as the reader wrote in English and not his native tongue):
You are right, the law against homeschooling where made by the Nazis to get control of the children to assure that they grow up with the thick ideology of the Nazi system. But the reason why the kids have to go to school today is completely different: Every child in Germany has the right on education no matter if the parents want it or not. The only way to assure this, is to send the children to a school were they learn the values of freedom and democracy! The only group of people who have a problem with this are fundamentalist religious groups, wether they are christian or islamistic, because they are afraid of their children having their own choice if they want to follow their parents on their extreme way. I am very happy that the group of unteachable right wing extremist we still also have in Germany are not allowed to teach their children at home!
And even if you want to assure, that your children grow up with for example christian values, you have the possibility to send your child to a private christian school, which is even paid by the German taxpayer but still under the control of the German school authorities.You can even found your own school in this system!
The funny thing about this matter is, that the most families who now
have problems with the German school authorities have migrated to Germany from Russia!
They are called German-Russians because their ancestors emigrated from Germany to Russia in the 18`century and lived in German religious communities for a long time. After the second world war until now about 3 million of them came to Germany and got a German passport.
Some of them are fundamentalist Christians and don´t want to send their children to school! Our laws are like I tried to explain before. So why did they migrate to Germany if they do not respect them?
P.S. :Please excuse any mistakes, because my English is not the best! (SLC: No problem)
Jörg from Germany
Thank you for your email. I am glad you commented here.
But let me respond that I think your position maintaining the rights of the state over the rights of parents--when it comes to the fundamental human right of the choice of education for one's own children-- highlights just why our ancestors left our European homeland and emigrated to this country.
This country is in no way Catholic, and by now the government is growing more and more hostile to individual rights. But the history of this country is one of respecting the fundamental rights of individual citizens from oppression by the state.
In Christendom, in the time of Kings and other hierarchical structures in Europe, this freedom was guaranteed by the Church, the existence of guilds and other voluntary groups, and by respect for traditional rights lived over centuries.
In Europe of today, you have a system based totally on positive law, with no anchor to God, Church, history, tradition or anything else. One social engineer of the past, like Hitler, gives way to one social engineer of the present, like the green party or a wall of Brussels bureaucrats. This is not the natural order of things.
Claiming the government has a greater right to your children than you, the parent, does, is to say in other words that you have no rights at all. This is the epitome of madness, and makes European citizens so malleably, timidly, dependent on the all-powerful state, that makes them cower so.
I say this without condescension, for our own country is far along this path itself. Yet some freedom remains, and the memory and desire for this freedom still exists in our hearts.
I don't want to find myself in the position where I defend any government's right to raise someone else's own children against the wishes of the parent's conscience.
State-funded religious schools are not the antidote to the problem. You live in a country where you are liable to fines and jail for speaking government-condemned thoughts out loud. Why would that government guarantee that a parent could rely on their religious beliefs being faithfully imparted, or that their children will learn history as it happened, and not as the government says it did?
Really, in the end, what the government of Germany or any state is afraid of by homeschooling is not Nazism, but individuals who are strong, free and can think for themselves. They are the real threat to what passes for "free" societies today.
A homeschooler can spot the lies in, for example, a state of the union address or a fake "climate change" warning. A citizen fully formed by the state will be much more likely to buy it.
Thanks again for reading.
5. Finally, I wanted to send a book recommendation if you are looking for spiritual reading. Christ, the Life of the Soul by Blessed Columba Marmion is absolutely fantastic. It is a profound, and profoundly straightforward, beautifully moving explication of God's plan, the centrality of Christ, and the Catholic faith. I cannot recommend it highly enough.