Home Schooled Youth Ordered to Public School

Homeschoolers beware:

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New Hampshire Court orders Christian homeschooled girl to attend public school
[LEFT]A Christian homeschool girl in New Hampshire has been ordered into government-run public school for having “sincerely held” religious beliefs.
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[LEFT]According to ADF allied attorney John Anthony Simmons, the court acknowledges that the girl in question is doing well socially and academically, but he adds that the court went too far when they determined that the girl’s Christian faith was a “bit too sincerely held and must be sifted, tested by, and mixed among other worldviews.”[/LEFT]

[LEFT]her mother who has been homeschooling the child since first grade. As part of the schooling, the young girl has been attending supplemental public school classes.[/LEFT]

[LEFT]As part of parental custody hearings, a court-appointed guardian stated that the child reflected her mother’s “rigidity” on questions of faith and added that girl’s best interest would be served by exposure to a public school setting.
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Since this is essentially a custody dispute between mom and dad as to the daughter’s education, it is less significant than it would be otherwise.

Nevertheless, the court’s decision is troubling. The girl was doing well, both socially and academically, and attended public school for P.E., Spanish and art classes. The case was resolved in favor of sending her to public school only because she held her religious beliefs a little too firmly. The court apparently thought she needed an exposure to other worldviews. Secularism and relativism, perhaps.

It’s all good, as long as you’re not too religiously orthodox.

Coming to a town near you…

…unless you act now. Call your Congressman.

“A bit too strongly held.”

Just think, if only these judges had been around those early Christian martyrs. . . arguing that all the children should be given over to nice cheerful pantheistic Romans who knew how to socialize and get along with everybody and not get all uppity about insisting on only ONE God or ‘one true faith.’

Mother government will dilute your beliefs.:frowning: We will make you secularists…

I agree it was a custody question, but I don’t think we have enough evidence to conclude she was socially well adjusted or her beliefs were the cause of the court’s order. It would appear her social interactions were a bit odd when influenced by her religious beliefs. It was behavior, not belief.

  • “According to the guardian ad litem’s further report and testimony, the counselor found Amanda to lack some youthful characteristics. She appeard to reflect her mother’s rigidity on questions of faith.” The guardian noted that during a counseling session, Amanda tried to witness to the counselor and appeared “visibly upset” when the counselor purposefully did not pay attention.*

If this is true, then there is more than belief involved. But all we have is an incomplete story.

Also, the father reported that the daughter did not believe that he loved her because he would not join her religious beliefs.

Sounds like custody dispute to me.

However, I don’t like the language.

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