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By Krista Kapralos| Religion News Service,
A German family seeking asylum in the U.S. so they can home-school their children lost their appeal in federal court on Tuesday (May 14), but their lawyers say they’re prepared to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case.
The German government persecuted the Romeike family for their faith, said Mike Donnelly, a lawyer with the Home School Legal Defense Association, a religious organization that is representing the Romeike family.
“It is treating people who home-school for religious or philosophical reasons differently,” he added.
The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagrees. The U.S. grants safe haven to people who have a well-founded fear of persecution, but not necessarily to those under governments with laws that simply differ from those in the U.S., Judge Jeffrey Sutton wrote in the court’s decision.
“The German authorities have not singled out the Romeikes in particular or homeschoolers in general for persecution,” he wrote for the three-judge panel in the case, Uwe Romeike v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Uwe Romeike said in an email on Wednesday that his family began home schooling to protect their children from bullying and teachings they didn’t agree with.
“As we were confronted with opposition to our choice we began to feel more and more that our faith required us to homeschool our children,” he said.
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike moved their five children to Tennessee (a sixth child has since been born) in 2008 to escape thousands of dollars in fines and increasing pressure from local police and education officials to enroll their children in school. All German parents are required by law to send their children to a state-recognized school, whether public or private.
The Romeikes are evangelical Christians, and say they should be allowed to keep their children home to teach them Christian values. Before they left Germany, the police forcibly escorted the older Romeike children to school one day. Other German families have lost custody of their children because they persist in home schooling.
An immigration judge in Tennessee granted the Romeikes’ bid in 2010, but the Board of Immigration Appeals tossed that ruling in 2012, arguing that religious home-schoolers don’t face any special consequences that aren’t applied to other families whose children don’t attend school.
The 2012 decision sparked an outpouring of support for the Romeike family among conservative U.S. Christians. More than 120,000 people signed an online petition urging President Obama to let the family stay. Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck described the case as evidence of crumbling religious freedom.
The Romeikes’ legal team plans to request an en banc hearing, which would present the case before the 6th Circuit’s entire 15-judge panel. Approval for such a hearing is unlikely, Donnelly said, adding that the Romeikes are already preparing to fight for asylum in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/german-home-schooling-family-loses-us-asylum-bid/2013/05/15/159e4bea-bd9c-11e2-b537-ab47f0325f7c_story.htmlBy Krista Kapralos| Religion News Service, A German family seeking asylum in the... more
Through the years, Mother’s Day films have presented moms both good and bad, and “Wasp” features a most down-on-her-luck mother in contemporary Britain, an unfortunate mom who certainly isn’t going to be winning any Mother of the Year Awards. “Wasp” is an acclaimed short film directed by British filmmaker Andrea Arnold, which won the 2005 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film and the Jury Prize for International Short Filmmaking at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. “Wasp” has been credited as having revived the genre of social realism in British cinema, and this short film has gained the status of a modern classic through Arnold’s sensitive humanistic approach, combined with modern filmmaking techniques.
The film is a searing and intimate portrait of Zoë, a forsaken young woman in contemporary England, who is mired in poverty, but who desperately wants something for herself aside from the oppressive limitations of being a single-mother of four. Despite the responsibility she bears, when a former crush unexpectedly reappears showing his first bit of romantic interest in her, Zoë jumps at the opportunity to go out on a date with him, behaving in painfully irresponsible ways.
On another level, “Wasp” is a stinging critique of the agonizing worship of the faux-celebrity lives manufactured by today’s pop-media, public relations machines. For Zoë, the Beckhams are the ideal family, the epitome of the fashionably idolized, providing an illusory escape from the harsh realities of her own life. They’re the idealized depiction of a family with three terribly good-looking young sons, a family whose real existence never steps in the way of their living the glamorous life. For Zoë, the Beckhams represent the false pinnacle of desire: never-ending luxury, fashionable motherhood and physical perfection in marriage. But there’s a gut-wrenching sadness to Zoë’s idealized obsession, for she can barely even feed her own children.
It is just phenomenal how much this film gets right; the level of deftness in the writing and presentation is stellar. Having already noted that “Wasp” has achieved the status of a modern classic, it would be very worthwhile for you to watch this engrossing film. “Wasp” is a perfect reintroduction to contemporary dramatic live-action short films: it is almost mandatory viewing for short film fans. Enjoy.
This piece includes color photographs and the thoughtfully riveting, acclaimed short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/wasp-the-searing-desperation-of-a-forsaken-young-mother/Through the years, Mother’s Day films have presented moms both good and bad, and... more
“Last Minutes with Oden” is a deeply engaging, extremely heart-wrenching 6-minute documentary short film directed and edited by Eliot Rausch, in association with PhosPictures and Uber Content. The film was named Best Documentary and Best Video at the 2010 Vimeo Awards, chosen from over 6500 film and video submissions.
“Last Minutes with Oden” tells a story about Jason Wood (Woody), an ex-convict who is saying a final farewell to his best friend, of the man’s last minutes with his dog before he has to have it euthanized for health reasons. The documentary is a beautiful elegy that calls attention to certain heartbreaking moments most of us experience, which is an incredibly powerful reminder of the importance of family and friendships in all our lives.
This piece presents a number of colorful photographs and two emotionally touching documentary short films.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/last-minutes-with-oden-a-powerful-elegy-on-love-loss-and-grief/“Last Minutes with Oden” is a deeply engaging, extremely heart-wrenching... more
Happy Birthday to Angela Dove, author of No Room for Doubt! http://www.mrmedia.com/2009/11/angela-dove-no-room-for-doubt-true-crime-writer-mr-media-radio-interview/#.UVScNhkW9MoHappy Birthday to Angela Dove, author of No Room for Doubt!... more
*WARNING: Explicit Language.
WASHINGTON—Ten minutes into oral arguments over whether or not homosexuals should be allowed to marry one another, a visibly confounded Supreme Court stopped legal proceedings Tuesday and ruled that gay marriage was “perfectly fine” and that the court could “care less who marries whom.”
“Yeah, of course gay men and women can get married. Who gives a shit?” said Chief Justice John Roberts, who interrupted attorney Charles Cooper’s opening statement defending Proposition 8, which rescinded same-sex couples’ right to marry in California. “Why are we even seriously discussing this?”
“Does anyone else up here care about this?” Roberts added as his eight colleagues began shaking their heads and saying, “No,” “Nah,” and “I also don’t care about this.” “Great. Same-sex marriage is legal in the United States of America. Do we have anything of actual import on the docket, or are we done for the day?”
Before Roberts officially ended proceedings, sources confirmed that all nine justices were reportedly dumbfounded, asking why the case was even coming before them and wondering aloud if some sort of mistake had been made. Calling marriage equality a “no-brainer,” members of the High Court appeared not just confused but irritated when Proposition 8 defenders argued that gay marriage was not a national issue but a state matter.
Moreover, when Attorney Cooper said that gay marriage could harm the moral fabric of the country and hurt the institution of marriage, Associate Justice Sotomayor asked, “What are you even talking about?” while Justice Anthony Kennedy reportedly muttered, “You got to be fucking kidding me,” under his breath.
“I have to interject, Mr. Cooper,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said as the attorney argued that the government has legitimate reasons to discourage same-sex couples from getting married. “Do you honestly care this much about this issue? Because if you do, you’re a real goddamn idiot. Actually, you sound as dumb as dog shit, and you are wasting our time.”
“Should gay marriage be legal?” Ginsburg continued. “Yes. Done. Case closed. Goodbye. Christ, were we seriously scheduled to spend the next few months debating this?”
Even the typically conservative wing of the court maintained that, despite their personal views, it would be “downright silly” for them to rule that same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
“I’m a strict Originalist, Mr. Cooper, and I’m looking at a 14th Amendment that forbids any state from denying any person equal protection of the law,” Associate Justice Antonin Scalia said. “So, unless we are the most uncivilized society on the face of God’s green earth, I think we can all agree that a gay person is in fact a person. So what I’m saying is, who the fuck are we to tell a person who he or she can get married to? This is dumb. Can we talk about a real case now, please?”
Before adjourning the court, Roberts said there would be no official opinion on the case because it’s just “common goddamn sense,” and then addressed gay men and women directly.
“Get married, don’t get married, do whatever you want,” Roberts said. “It’s the opinion of this court that we don’t give two shits what you do.”
“C’mon, let’s go get some food,” added Roberts, as the eight other justices followed him out the door.*WARNING: Explicit Language.... more
Even though I don’t believe violent video games are solely responsible for the mass shootings that have become an almost monthly occurrence in the U.S I do think that they play a part. Growing up in a Culture where violence is part of every day life in one form or another plays a big part too.Even though I don’t believe violent video games are solely responsible for the... more
“As I Am” is a beautiful, sensitive documentary short film by Emmy-Award winning photojournalist/filmmaker Alan Spearman. The poetic and powerful imagery of the film follows the Memphis landscape of remarkable young Chris Dean, revealing the many lives that have shaped his world. Told in Dean’s own words, the film is a long spoken word poem describing his trenchant observations about life: his thoughts and feelings regarding the places and people that make up his home. “As I Am” portrays Dean’s hopes, fears and, more than anything, his sensitivity and grace. The film has recently been nominated for Best Live Action Short Film in the 2013 Short of the Week Awards, with winners to be announced beginning February 4, 2013.
Chris Dean’s heart stopped when he was two; he died, but he came back. When Chris was five, his father was murdered, shot with more than 20 bullets in a gang shootout. In 2011, at age 18, Chris gained national attention when he introduced President Barack Obama at his high school graduation. Chris is an observer-philosopher who has always had a few things to say about life from his vantage point in South Memphis.
This piece includes color photographs, a video and the emotionally moving documentary short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/as-i-am-we-are-meant-to-find-each-other/#“As I Am” is a beautiful, sensitive documentary short film by Emmy-Award... more
1) Guns have only two enemies rust and Politicians.
2) It’s ALWAYS better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
3) Cops carry Guns to protect themselves, not you.
4) Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arms length.
5) Never say I’ve got a Gun. “If you need to use deadly force, the first sound they hear SHOULD be the safety clicking off.
6) The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes; the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.
7) The most important rule of a Gunfight is; ALWAYS win – cheat if necessary!
8) Make your attacker advance through a wall of Bullets… you may get killed with your own Gun, but he’ll have to beat you to death with it because it will be empty.
9) If you’re in a Gunfight;
If you are not shooting, you should be loading.
If you are not loading, you should be moving.
If you are not shooting, loading, or moving, youre probably dead.
10) In a life or death situation do SOMETHING… it may be wrong, but do SOMETHING!
11) If you carry a Gun people call you paranoid. Nonsense! If you have a Gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?
12) You can say “stop” or “alto” or any other word, but a large bore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much a Universal Language.
13) You cannot save the Planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family.1) Guns have only two enemies rust and Politicians. 2) It’s ALWAYS better to be... more
Sheepdogs live to protect the flock
The Knights of Old were Men of Honor
Who used their Might For Right!
Today they’re known as Sheepdogs,
Those who carry on the fight.
I am a tired old Sheepdog,
The guardian of my flock.
I keep the predators at bay
And stand watch around the clock.
Please stop the Sheep from pulling my teeth.
I’ll need them for the fight,
When the hungry Wolves come calling
Some dark and deadly night.
I pray I’ll never need my gun,
But someday if I do,
May my cause be just!
My draw be quick!
And my aim be ever true!
Heaven holds a special place
For those who do the deed,
Defenders of the innocent
In their hour of need.
May the Sheep someday be grateful.
There’s a debt they can not pay
To the Sheepdogs who lay it on the line
Each and every day.
I am proud to be a Sheepdog.
I’ve done my very best.
I’ll stand my watch until my Maker
Calls me home to rest.
But when I meet St. Peter
There’s just one request I’ll make,
“Please let me spend Eternity
Standing guard at Heaven’s Gate”.
Lord, help us bring this ”Age of Sheep”
To a rapid end.
Then fill this land with Sheepdogs,
Men of Honor, once again.
This prayer is dedicated
To those who bravely face,
The dangers all around us,
To make our world a safer place.
To the soldiers, cops and warriors-
Sheepdogs through and through.
Thank you for your service
And your sacrifices too.
https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/ccm-departments/tims-thoughts/the-sheepdogs-prayer/Sheepdogs live to protect the flock The Knights of Old were Men of Honor Who used... more
HumanLight is about celebrating and expressing what fills our lives with love and meaning.
By Roy Speckhardt, December 09, 2012
The winter holiday season is a great time for families and friends to get together and enjoy each other's company. It's among the few times each year that those close to us join to reflect, celebrate, and perhaps eat a bit too much fattening food.
From a humanist perspective, one of the most enriching things we can do is strengthen the connections we share with other human beings, and this time often provides us just such an opportunity. Unfortunately, most of these holidays also have deep religious connections. And depending on how nontheists came to exclude an intervening god from their worldview, some would rather forget those religious connections, and others even find them to be unpalatable.
Most humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheists came to their rational understanding of the world gradually, finding flaws in the faith they were raised in and eventually deciding for themselves on alternatives to the supernatural. Some others were already there, having been raised in secular ethical traditions. But some came to their nontheism more abruptly, as a response to harm experienced from within traditional religions. This could be something dramatic, like the tens of thousands of kids who were molested by Catholic priests, probably only a small portion of whom have sought justice in recent years. It might also be less dramatic, but still significant, like discovering all of a sudden just how ineffective prayer can be.
To read the rest of this Patheos article by American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt, click here: http://www.patheos.com//Atheist/Keeping-Human-Light-Roy-Speckhardt-12-10-2012.htmlHumanLight is about celebrating and expressing what fills our lives with love and... more
You know the one. The family member or friend that is a pain in the ASS most of the time but once in a blue moon they will do or say something nice. Some thing , that the other people in our lives do every day without thinking about it. Yet when THEY do it we are surprised enough to be almost, if not totally, grateful to them.You know the one. The family member or friend that is a pain in the ASS most of the... more
“Happy Thanksgiving: An Impish Alfred Hitchcock Carves Your Holiday Turkey!” includes a wonderfully droll photograph of Hitchcock carving a Thanksgiving Turkey at New York City's 21 Club in 1956. The piece also includes Bright Eyes' inspiring music video, “First Days of My Life.”
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/happy-thanksgiving-an-impish-alfred-hitchcock-carves-your-holiday-turkey-2/“Happy Thanksgiving: An Impish Alfred Hitchcock Carves Your Holiday... more
“Freedom from Want” or “The Thanksgiving Picture” is one of Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” paintings, inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union Address, known as “Four Freedoms.” “Freedom from Want “was published in the March 6, 1943, issue of “The Saturday Evening Post” and later was included as the cover image of the 1946 book “Norman Rockwell, Illustrator,” written when Rockwell was at the height of his fame as America’s most popular illustrator.
This piece includes a number of color photographs, a music video and a documentary short.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/thanksgiving-norman-rockwells-freedom-from-want/“Freedom from Want” or “The Thanksgiving Picture” is one of... more
Didn't hear about this one in the states. Protestes are demonized as "nationalists" by Western media.
Tens of thousands of French nationals on Saturday protested the French authorities’ plans to legalize same-sex marriage and allow gay couples to adopt, media reported citing police.
Some 70,000 people took part in protests on the streets of Paris, according to British broadcaster BBC. Demonstrations were also held in the cities of Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. Catholic groups and other supporters of traditional family rights were among the participants.
The Paris rally organizers put the number of those present at 200,000, the AFP reported. The agency quoted police as saying 22,000 protested in the southeastern city of Lyon and some 8,000 in the southern city of Marseille.
During his election campaign, French President Francois Hollande had pledged to legalize gay marriages. His socialist government faced opposition from over 1,000 mayors and the Catholic Church, but still approved a relevant bill earlier in November. France’s parliament is to discuss it in January.Didn't hear about this one in the states. Protestes are demonized as... more
Thanksgiving has always been a very special holiday, stuffed with traditions observed and beloved, for many people, since early childhood. The Thanksgiving turkey, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the guests from far and near, even the quick nap on the sofa before the start of the Big Game, they all help to create a holiday experience that hasn’t varied much from generation to generation. This Thanksgiving piece presents a wonderful photograph, a video about the origins of the Thanksgiving Holiday and an HD documentary of the 2009 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/thanksgiving-a-remembrance-of-holiday-celebrations-and-traditions/Thanksgiving has always been a very special holiday, stuffed with traditions observed... more
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“Origami” (2012) is a thoughtful, visually stunning animated short film that was created in the Japanese Noh tradition by five students at L’Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistique (Montpellier, France). In the film, a young boy spends time alone with his grandfather, but the difference between the generations cannot be more marked. Combining artistic skill and imagination is something that cannot happen without inspiration, and eventually the boy has to embark upon a journey into his own mind’s eye to connect both to his art and to his grandfather.
This piece includes colorful illustrations and the inspirational animated short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/origami-an-inspirational-journey-between-generations/“Origami” (2012) is a thoughtful, visually stunning animated short film... more
Tracy Hannah, 40-year-old woman from Porterville (Fresno), Califonia, to 4 years behind bars for instigating a long term sexual relationship with a then-14 year old boy, son of her ex-boyfriend. Hannah was arrested in August 2011 for allegedly engaging in sex with a teen boy. She initially faced charges of child molestation and sexual intercourse with a minor. Porterville Police say the two met while Tracy Hannah was dating the victim's father and at one point they all even lived together.
Neighbors on the small Porterville block say they would often see a boy coming over to Tracy Hannah's apartment. At first, Hannah told neighbors the boy was her son. Porterville Police actually began investigating the case 2 years ago, when child welfare services contacted officers of the possible illegal relationship. Detectives found Hannah and the boy in a house together, but neither admitted to any wrongdoing. During the summer of 2011, another call from child welfare services prompted them to re-investigate and this time, the 15-year-old boy told police about their year-long affair. Officers say at one point Hannah's relationship with the father ended, and her sexual encounters with the boy began. Tracy Hannah has three children, two teenagers older than the victim, and a teen daughter. Despite objections by the Tulare County DA's office, the judge sentenced her to four years in prison on 15 counts of lewd acts with a child.
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http://themothersinheat.blogspot.fi/2012/09/fresno-mom-sentenced-for-sex-with-ex.html?t=crTracy Hannah, 40-year-old woman from Porterville (Fresno), Califonia, to 4 years... more