DOJ Says Tolerance Trumps Right to Homeschool – Todd Starnes

“Attorney General Holder is trying to seek dismissal of this case because he believes that targeting specific groups in the name of tolerance is within the normal legitimate functions of government,”

“parents could not refuse the right to education of a child on the basis of the parents’ convictions, because the child has an independent right to education.”

via DOJ Says Tolerance Trumps Right to Homeschool – Todd Starnes – Page 1.

The two quotes from this article greatly disturb me, I’m feeling a tad anxious about the future of homeschooling.

1. Targeting a group in the name of tolerance – that seems like an oxymoron really. They have this opinion about supposed intolerance, yet allow WBBC and Neo-Nazi groups to exist entirely on intolerance. We have the First Amendment, protecting their right to free expression/speech, etc so I guess they only support this view as it pertains to non-citizens. That point is not made clear by Holder so I have to wonder if he feels the same towards Americans.

What I’m beginning to question is tolerance;

1. a fair and permissive attitude toward those whose race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.

So forcing this family to send their kids to public school seems very intolerant but it’s ‘for their own good’, because they need to learn to tolerate everyone else? Wouldn’t tolerance require diversity rather than conformity? Forcing this family to conform doesn’t seem to encourage much that needs to be tolerated.  Having a hard time wrapping my mind around this. I did NOT learn tolerance in public school, granted I’m sure there are massive differences between Germany and American schools. 

2. The second sentence comes across as the parents have no rights to make choices for their children, the government knows best mentality. I’m not suggesting that kids don’t have a right to be educated, BUT these children were/are being educated. Secondly why are the kids not being involved in decisions related to their rights, shouldn’t they get to actually exercise them by articulating the method of education they want?

I’m going to end this post, and contemplate it further….I may edit later and continue but for now I’m done.


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