Christian Science Monitor, Boston, Massachusetts, 17 April 2007, US evangelicals aim to influence European law Why are American groups going to such lengths to shape the laws in other countries?” We realized that if we didn’t try to mold precedents abroad, they could come back to hurt us, and that the American legal system as we know might change,” says Benjamin Bull, chief counsel for the ADF.
He notes that, for example, US judges have drawn on foreign precedents and international standards in several key cases, such as the Supreme Court’s 2003 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, which legalized sodomy in the Lone Star State.
And American laws have effects elsewhere as well, such as the “Foreign Corrupt Practices” law. In the ocean of modern thought, currents with new ideas flow freely, although many crash on the reefs of tradition. Some Americans try to blow holes in those reefs. I wonder if we’d appreciate similar efforts by outsiders who see their viewpoints as founded on ultimate right and truth. Do unto others ….?
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13 September 2006, NHELD’s bulletins on the U. N. Convention on the Rights of the Child
De-thatching the homeschooling grassroots in the United States based on political commotion on the far side of the Atlantic ocean seems to be an exercise in worry-for-worry’s sake unless there is credible evidence that the political flapping of a Belgian butterfly’s wings will goad American senators into doing something they’ve ignored for over a decade.
23 September 2006, Homeschoolers and nudists
Yesterday, HSLDA released an urgent update email calling on American homeschoolers to contact the German embassy in Washington, D.C. on behalf of forty families in Germany being prosecuted for homeschooling.
For American homeschoolers, the suggestion that homeschooling is something that ought to be prosecuted’ are fightin’ words. Do NOT tell us that, as parents, we don’t have the natural liberty to raise our children ourselves. Telling homeschoolers that schools are necessary partners in the education of the next generation is like making yo mama remarks (and meaning them), saying apple pie is unhealthy, and disrespecting the flag, all in consecutive breaths. And, because we, as free Americans whose torch of liberty shines in the world, have this right, everyone around the world should have rights just like ours! Freedom, after all, is on the march! Laws need to be changed, and all the more so in a country still following HITLER’s laws! This is an outrage!!
To put the situation into an international context, imagine a German FKK group mounting an nationwide campaign to have the American states stop prosecuting some sex offenders. FKK stands for Freie Krper Kultur Free Body Culture or, in the U.S., nudists. There is even a youth group. And they sell t-shirts.
17 October 2007, Homeschooling in Germany and a comparison of viewpoints
The recent Konrad decision by the European Court of Human Rights has caused a printed brouhaha among American organizations who support Christian homeschooling. In some quarters, the decision is being used to frame the plight of the German homeschooling families as an American problem in that American judges will start using European rulings to decide American cases. This it’s all about me’ drama queen point of view takes the focus away from understanding the cultural differences between some, but not all, homeschooling families in Germany, and the indigenous German culture, laws and bureaucracy.
11 April 2007, A puzzle: one-world view of homeschooling
Why isn’t this effort to make Germany toe the line that we’ve drawn on the west side of the Atlantic just another form of one-worldism? Is it the concept of one-worldism that’s bad, or is the bad kind just the one-worldism we don’t agree with?
Methinks there’s a whiff of relativism.
posted by Valerie