So here's a homeschooled young lady. She's ten years old, she's been homeschooled since first grade, and she's:
- Excelling in her studies
- Using recognized and approved curricula
- Routinely taking standardized tests
- Well-rounded in social skills
- Participating in public school activities, including extra-curricular sports
- In sum: “well liked, social and interactive with her peers, academically promising, and intellectually at or superior to grade level”
- She heartily reflects her mother's Christian faith.
Well, yes, of course. Can't have her upsetting counselors. She must be shipped right off to the local Government Reeducation Facility.
And so ordered Judge Lucinda V. Sadler. No, no joking, no "scary future under Obama" imagining. This is the scary present under Obama. In fact, the ruling is worth quoting in part, for the sheer, breathtaking imperious audacity of the court:
"Despite Ms. Voydath's insistence that Amanda's choice to share her mother's religious beliefs is a free choice, it would be remarkable if a ten year old child who spends her school time with her mtoher and the vast majority of all of her other time with her mother would seriously consider adopting any other religious point of view. Amanda's vigorous defense of her religious beliefs to the counselor suggests strongly that she has not had the opportunity to seriously consider any other point of view."Crowning irony: this is in New Hampshire. You know, the "Live Free or Die" state.
The case is in court because the child's parents are divorced, and the father does not want the child influenced by the mother's Christian faith. He thinks government reeducation camps would nicely remedy the problem he's having. Amanda (the child) says her father "constantly bombards" her about her faith. So there is the apparent cause — a not-unfamiliar scenario.
By the way, don't miss this as well: in the mind of the judge and the counselor AND the father, what's the best antidote to firm Christian faith in a child?
Government reeducation camps.