At 2:00 p.m. today, the Romeike family appeared before a three-judge panel in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati seeking asylum under United States law. The courtroom overflowed with homeschooling families who turned out in support of the family, forcing many people to stand in the back. The entire hearing took about 38 minutes, 8 minutes longer than allotted.
“The ultimate issues,” argued HSLDA Chairman and lead counsel Mike Farris, “are about whether our government believes that the freedom to homeschool is something that can be coercively changed and whether Germany’s values should dictate our values.”
Although their entire future is swirling around them, the Romeike family seemed calm, Farris observed. He attributed their peace to a deep trust in God.
He summarized the day by saying, “Tough questions were asked on both sides, and it’s hard to predict the outcome. But I also remember arguing a case before a California court in 2008 and being convinced that we had lost. We ended up winning unanimously. So I know God can intervene.”
Stay tuned for more details on this case.