Spiegel Online, Hamburg, Germany, 13 March 2007, American Christians Protest Over German Homeschooling CaseThe case has been widely reported in Christian and conservative media in the United States, with some commentators comparing the authorities to Nazis. Activists are being encouraged to pray for the girl and petition German Chancellor Angela Merkel, while one Web site is even calling for a boycott on German goods….
Ultra-conservative American daily Washington Times also got on the bandwagon, publishing an op-ed piece by Michael Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association, entitled “The Battle Against Fascist Conformity.”
However the Erlangen authorities deny that the case is related to the parents’ decision to take the girl out of school. “The case has nothing to do with home schooling,” Edeltraud Hllerer from the Erlangen Youth Welfare Office told SPIEGEL ONLINE, adding she could not discuss details of the case for legal reasons.
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