This is the Romeike family. I did a Cross Examine show on them a few years ago.
Uwe and Hanna are home-school parents from Germany. But Germany doesn’t tolerate home schooling. Those who do are harassed, fined, imprisoned, and can lose custody of their children. Uwe and Hanna had such a religious and moral problem with what German government schools were teaching that they chose to school their children themselves, just as millions in this country do every day. But Germany’s laws, based upon a 1938 law signed by Adolph Hitler, believe that Germany’s children belong to the State from an educational standpoint. The law prohibits parents from educating their own children so that Germany can prevent a different worldview, or “society” as the law states, from arising.
After increased persecution from the German state, Uwe and Hanna fled to the United States. A Federal judge heard the arguments and granted them asylum, stating that Germany’s law and policy was “Nazi-esque”.
Immediately, the Obama Administration filed suit against the ruling and will bring the case before the United States Court of Appeal for the Sixth Court on April 23. They are seeking to deport the Romeike family, which would send Uwe and Hanna back to Germany to face jail and possibly the loss of their children.
According to their accountant, Mr. and Mrs. Asu are in trouble.
Annual income: $25,000 (this has been declining for years)
Annual spending: $36,000 (this has been increasing for years)
Credit card debt: $161,000
Total debt: $700,000 (includes all their obligations)
Mr. and Mrs. Asu aren’t employed. Their income is provided by their children who are old enough to work, but are still living at home. Child 1, with the best job, pays $20,000 per year. Child 2, with the second best job, pays $5,000. The other two work but don’t pay anything. They are the parent’s favorites.
Mr. and Mrs. Asu have max’d out numerous credit cards and all of their income goes to make the minimum payments. But, they continually find ways to obtain new cards and keep spending more. In fact, this is the delight of their lives.
I listened to President Obama’s remarks tonight, as he not only addressed the grieving people in Newtown, Connecticut, but the nation. The murder of 20 small children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School has grieved us all.
I appreciated his quoting of 2 Corinthians 4 and Luke 18 and his remarks that acknowledged the plans of God, the hope of heaven and that our life here on earth is fleeting.
He also stated that this tragedy has left us with some hard questions, that we shouldn’t tolerate this kind of violence anymore and that he was going to use the power of his office to engage with others to find how to prevent tragedies like this from happening. He wondered if we would simply say that the politics are too hard.