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Uwe and Hannelore Romeike are not like other asylum seekers, people fleeing war or torture in places like Afghanistan, Iraq or Somalia. They're music teachers from a village in southern Germany. And yet, in what appears to be the first case of its kind, the couple and their five children were granted asylum in the U.S. last week by an immigration judge who ruled that they had a "well-founded fear of persecution" in their home country for engaging in what has become a popular albeit somewhat controversial American practice — homeschooling their children.

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Wow, I wondered if this would be the reason, based on the thread title.

While I'm in favor of parental rights and I've HSed my kids, does anyone else think that this seems a bit of a stretch?

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Wow, I wondered if this would be the reason, based on the thread title.

While I'm in favor of parental rights and I've HSed my kids, does anyone else think that this seems a bit of a stretch?
I was surprised. It seems like there are a lot of people out there seeking asylum for much more serious things.

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I'm in favor of granting asylum in this and many other cases. There are more serious cases of human rights abuses. But, I believe that this is an example of religious persecution as well as denying parental rights in educational choice.

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