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German State Seizes Home-schooled Christian Children in “Brutal” Raid

Friday, September 6th, 2013

In Germany a law passed under the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler requires all German children to attend public school. Parents who wish to educate their children at home, even for religious reasons, face fines and the eventual loss of their children to the state. Last Thursday German authorities stormed the home of the Wunderlich family and took all four of their children into custody. The Christian family had not wanted their children educated by the secular school system and had traveled extensively abroad, seeking refuge from persecution, before returning to Germany for the father, Dirk, to find work. Authorities told Dirk and his wife, Petra, they would not be seeing their children for a long time. 

It’s No Longer Easy to be a Christian in Western Europe

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Although Western Europe has an important place in Christian history it is increasingly difficult for conservative Christians to live out their faith in public without facing legal consequences.

Supreme Court Asked to Rule on Persecution of German Homeschooling Family

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

 The case of the Romeike family appears to be moving in the direction of the Supreme Court. Legal representatives of the family have decided to appeal a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court denying the families claim to asylum, saying that Germany's prosecution of the family for homeschooling their children based on their religious beliefs does not constitute persecution. German law requires that all children attend public school, regardless of the religious leanings of their parents. The Romeike parents began homeschooling their children when they discovered many of the anti-Biblical values they were being taught, only to have police show up at their door to forcibly escort the children to school. 

U.S. Department of Justice Agrees with Court Refusal to Grant Asylum to German Christians

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

A German couple continues to seek political asylum in the United States to peaceably homeschool their children—for religious reasons—after having been  fined thousands of Euros and forcibly separated from their children by the German government for having attempted to do so in Germany. Earlier this week, the couple's legal counsel,  The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), received a response from the Department of Justice (DOJ) asserting the administration's agreement with a U.S. Court of Appeals's ruling on May 14 refusing the family asylum in the U.S. Nonetheless, the HSLDA promises to take the case to the Supreme Court, if necessary, to win the couple and their children asylum.

Christian Home School Family May be Forced to Return to Germany

Friday, May 17th, 2013

The Romeikes family may be forced to return to Germany and face prosecution after loosing their most recent appeal for asylum in the United States. The family left Germany because of their desire to home school their children and provide them with a Christian education. Germany outlaws homeschooling and may take the children into government custody if the Romeikes are forced to return. Their attorney's are appealing their case to a higher U.S. court. 

German Christians May Face Jail Time for Homeschooling Children

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

In an unusual case an evangelical German family that fled to the United States after facing arrest for homeschooling children may soon be required to return to their homeland. Homeschooling is illegal in Germany and the parents, who chose to home school their children because of their Christian faith, have already paid more than $10,000 in fines to the German government.  

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Calls Christianity the Most Persecuted Religion in the World

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Germany’s leader, Angela Merkel, told the German Protestant Church earlier this week that Christianity was the most persecuted religious group in the world, sparking anger from an opposition group. Although this fact is commonly accepted and stated among Christian religious leaders, the reaction received by Merkel is an excellent example of much of the anti-Christian attitude that dominates secular Europe. Europe’s political leaders should not have to face a backlash of resentment for highlighting the widespread and largely ignored issue of Christian persecution.

Germany, Italy Issue Joint Appeal for Religious Freedom

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

"While respecting the sovereignty of national states, we believe that the European Union should constructively engage the governments of those countries where incidents of interreligious violence have occured in order to ensure that the logic of dialogue and peace prevails over disrespect and all kinds of violence."

Merkel Urges Germans: Stand Up For Christian Values

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

ICC Note:

Chancellor calls for public discussion of 'values that guide us' in light of debate on Islam and immigration. Although this article does not highlight specific persecution, we find it

interesting.

Germany’s President asks for more Religious Freedom in Turkey

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Praise Report: Two Young Christian Hostages Freed in Yemen

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Two German Christian girls held hostage in Yemen’s northern mountains have been rescued by Saudi security forces.

India-Orissa Violence Shocks Visiting German Team

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

“We were shocked about the level of violence including rape cases and killings. We found that victims of the attacks are still displaced,”

German Homeschooling Family Granted Political Asylum in U.S.

Friday, January 29th, 2010

The German family is their country fled after the German authorities prohibited them from homeschooling their children. The Christian family decided to homeschool their children to protect them from anti-Christian teachings of public school system.

Germany Persecutes Baptists, Appeases Muslims

Monday, August 17th, 2009

This story exposes the hypocrisy of the German government in prosecuting Baptists for homeschooling their children while kowtowing to Muslim demands at the same time.

First Iraqi Refugees Arrive in Germany

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Most of the Iraqi Refugees that arrived in Germany are Christians. Since the invasion of the country in 2003, half of an estimated 1.2 million Christians have left their homes due to persecution by Islamic extremists.

Germany opens door to new wave of Iraqi refugees

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

The decision of Germany to open its doors to Iraqi refugees is a welcome development. Hundreds and thousands of Iraqis, including Christians, are suffering is refugee camps in Syria, Jordan and other countries in the region.

Amnesty Pressures Germany to Open its Doors to Iraqi Refugees

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Christians are one of the most vulnerable groups in Iraqi. Following the invasion of the country in 2003, thousands of Christians were forced to flee the country due to attacks by Islamic radicals. Germany and other Western countries should resettle these refugees in their countries.

Germany may act alone to rescue Iraqi Christians, Merkel aide says

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

German officials are considering extending asylum to Iraqi Christians that are fleeing the increasing persecution in their country. Some members of European Union are against the idea of giving preferential treatment to Iraqi Christians. Iraqi Christians are one of the most vulnerable groups in the country. Unlike other groups, they don’t have militias that protect them and they are associated with the British and American forces in the country. Because of these factors, they should indeed be given preferential treatment.

Vicious Protestors in Germany Harass 15,000 Strong Christian Youth Festival

Monday, May 26th, 2008

This kind of aggression against Christians has not been normal in western countries, but a group of 450 people gathered to aggressively protest against Christianity simply because the town of Bremen was hosting a Christian youth festival.

Cardinal says keep religion out of Iraqi visa decisions

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Iraqi Christians, unlike other groups in the country, don’t have militias that protect them. Islamist extremists target them because they allege that Christians collaborate with American troops. Many Iraqi defenseless Iraqi Christians have been killed, kidnapped, and driven from homes because of their faith. Thus, Iraqi Christians should continue to receive special treatment in getting asylum in Western countries, if they choose to move to those countries. In this regard, the proposals by Foreign Minister of France and Interior Minister of Germany to give special treatment to Iraqi Christians is a move in right direction.

Persecution Of Christians: No Sign Of Improvement

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Yearbook "Martyrs 2007" lists countries with poor records of human rights and discrimination of the Christian faith.

German Court: “Christian Converts” May Not Be Deported To Iran

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

A German court said asylum-seekers from Iran who have converted to Christianity may not be deported.

Muslim Converts Fear for Their Lives in Germany

Friday, June 1st, 2007

If you think that there is no threat against Christians who converted from Islam, you are mistaken as this story clearly indicates.

Are German Courts Being Infiltrated by Islamists?

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

A German Muslim woman had requested a speedy divorce, because her Moroccan husband frequently beat and threatened to kill her.
The judge, Christa Datz-Winter, turned the request down since the husband came from an environment, where it is common for husbands to beat their wives.

German Evangelicals Protest Planned Deportation of Vietnamese Christian

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

For over 200 days an evangelical congregation in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has been providing "church asylum" to a Vietnamese Christian amid fears he may be deported by local German authorities

Germany Halts Deportation Iranian Christian

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

A German court has ruled that German authorities cannot deport a Christian asylum seeker back to Iran where he may face execution for converting from Islam to Christianity

Germany Threatens To Deport Iranian Christian

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Germany plans to deport an Iranian asylum seeker back to Iran, although he may face execution there because he converted from Islam to Christianity.

Persecution of Christians on the Rise

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

At Least 55,000 Christians Are Killed for their Faith Every Year

‘Honor killings’ on rise in Europe

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

As Europe's Muslims become increasingly conservative, growing numbers of women are being killed or mutilated in the name of ''family honor," according to law enforcement agencies, women's activist groups, and moderate Islamic organizations. These cases usually involve an attack on a Muslim woman by a close relative -- typically a brother or father -- angered by her refusal to accept a forced marriage or her insistence on leading a Western-style life.

German Parents Face Legal Troubles for Homeschooling

Monday, June 13th, 2005

German Parents Face Legal Troubles for Homeschooling

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