I believe in freedom – as you well know. I believe that freedom is a gift from God; as did the founders of this nation. I also believe that God created “institutions” to aide us along the way through this life. Further, I believe that those institutions are essential to freedom and prosperity. Among these is, of course, the family.
It is in this light that I view a recent story from Montgomery county New York with great consternation. Homeschooling parents in that town were arrested for not properly registering their children with the county. Now, I don’t know all the facts of the case, so I won’t comment on the specifics and the rights or wrongs. However, it does point out a general point of discontent and concern.
In many places in America a 14 year old girl can choose to have an abortion without parental consent or notification. (An abortion that will be paid for with tax dollars at that.) However, these parents actually need consent from the state to homeschool their own children. This stands reason on its head. Parents do not have to consent for state-funded doctors to convince a young girl to undergo a dangerous procedure with well known physical and emotional consequences. But the state must consent for parents to choose the nature of the children’s education.
This is a dangerous situation. Remember, in a representative democracy, “the state” is essentially your neighbors (albeit indirectly). How can we honestly believe that the village (sorry Hillary) has more responsibility for the children than do their parents? This is the only way we can possibly justify giving the state more authority.
OK, so the system is messed up. Where do you stand? Whose side are you on? Will you stand for freedom, even if you disagree with how it is practiced by others?