Judges Want To Terminate Family's Homeschooling
by Jim Kouri, News With Views, March 05, 2008
The Governments in many
countries, in line with
the Global Agenda, have
always tried to stop
THEY want to have
control over what our
kids are learning, so
they can make sure
n a case that's almost guaranteed to have
repercussions throughout the country, California
appellate judges ruled that one family's
children could not
be homeschooled and must attend a government
school or accredited private school.
The court's decision is the result of a civil
case brought against Phillip and Mary Long
regarding the education they provided to two of
their children. The Longs currently have eight
children in their home, all of whom they've
Phillip Long told
NewsWithViews.com that he and his wife will
probably appeal the decision to California's
Supreme Court, since they've homeschooled all of
their children, the oldest now 29, because of
various anti-Christian influences in
California's public schools.
"Homeschooling is endowed upon parents by our
Creator. The state of California or the federal
government have no right to tell parents how
their children should be taught," said Phil Long
in a telephone interview with NewsWithViews.com.
This latest court decision granted a petition
brought by attorneys retained by so-called
"child advocates" to represent the two youngest
Long children after the family's homeschooling
was brought to their attention.
However, the Long's children did not have any
say in their representation by these attorneys.
While the lawyers claimed to be representing the
interests of the children, they actually were
representing the California education
establishment. Critics say this is proof
positive that in the eyes of bureaucrats parents
and families have no rights regarding education.
According to information provided by Phil Long,
the trial court had found that keeping the
children at home deprived them of situations
where they could interact with people outside
the family. They also stated that there are
people in the public school system who could
provide help if there's a problem in the lives
of pupils. A judge in the case also said that
children in government schools could develop
emotionally in a broader world than the parents'
The appeals ruling stated that California's law
mandates that "persons between the ages of six
and 18" to be in school, "the public full-time
day school," with exemptions being allowed for
those in a "private full-time day school" or
those "instructed by a tutor who holds a valid
state teaching credential for the grade being
The panel of judges ruled that the Long family
failed to demonstrate "that [the] mother has a
teaching credential such that the children can
be said to be receiving an education from a
credentialed tutor," and that their involvement
and supervision by Sunland Christian School's
independent study programs was of no value.
According to the Longs, the family's religious
beliefs were not given ample weight in the case.
The court claimed the Longs' "sincerely held
religious beliefs" are "not the quality of
evidence that permits us to say that application
of California's compulsory public school
education law to them violates their First
Amendment rights. Such sparse representations
are too easily asserted by any parent who wishes
to homeschool his or her child," the court
Phillip Long said his family is working on ways
to appeal to the California Supreme Court,
because he will not permit the pro-homosexual,
pro-bisexual, pro-transgender agenda of
California's public schools to indoctrinate his
"We just don't want them teaching our children.
They teach things that are totally contrary to
what we believe. They put questions in our
children's minds we don't feel they're ready
for," said Mr. Long during the telephone
interview with NWV.
"We're going to appeal to a higher court. I
don't want to put my children in a public school
that teaches ideologies I don't believe in," he
"Children belong to the parents, not to the
state," Long said. He also acknowledged that
there's a great deal of misinformation about the
status of homeschooling in California.
Many observers believe this is merely the
beginning of a movement to totally ban
homeschoolng because the California Legislature
and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worked together
to establish Senate Bill 777 and Assembly Bill
394 as a law that institutionalizes the
promotion of homosexuality, bisexuality,
transgenderism and other alternative lifestyle
choices within the public school system.
"The reason homeschoolers are under attack is
obvious. NEA and the Homosexual lobby wants them
in public schools to indoctrinate them.
Homeschooled children are not brainwashed with
homosexuality, the myth of global warming,
globalism, etc. Homeschooled children are still
innocent and that can't be allowed. Therefore,
attacks on homeschoolers will undauntedly
escalate across the country unless the Christian
community wakes up," said conservative
strategist Mike Baker.
"[California] law at first allowed public
schools to voluntarily promote homosexuality,
bisexuality and transsexuality. Then, the law
required public schools to accept homosexual,
bisexual and transsexual teachers as role models
for impressionable children. Now, the law has
been changed to effectively require the positive
portrayal of homosexuality, bisexuality and
transsexuality to 6 million children in
California government-controlled schools," said
one homeschooling advocate.
There are no similar protections for students
with traditional or conservative lifestyles and
beliefs, however. Offenders will face the wrath
of the state Department of Education, up to and
including lawsuits, according to legal experts.
"SB 777 results in reverse discrimination
against students with religious and traditional
family values. These students have lost their
voice as the direct result of Gov.
Schwarzenegger's unbelievable decision. The
terms 'mom and dad' or 'husband and wife' could
promote discrimination against homosexuals if a
same-sex couple is not also featured," said
"Having 'mom' and 'dad' promotes a
discriminatory bias. You have to either get rid
of 'mom' and 'dad' or include everything when
talking about [parental issues]," he said. "They
[promoters of sexual alternative lifestyles] do
consider that discriminatory."
"I shudder to think how millions of California
children will be led astray, how marriage will
be destroyed, and how immorality will step on
the neck of morality if Arnold Schwarzenegger
signs five anti-family bills into law. The
'Terminator' has less than two weeks to sign or
veto very bad bills!" said Randy Thomasson,
for Children and Families, in a
Thomasson is disappointed with California's
Christian pastors and elders. In the last five
days, many individuals and several businesses
have responded to CCF's action alert. However,
to date, only one church has faxed in veto
letters to the liberal Schwarzenegger's office
"This is not right, since the majority of
pastors in California oppose sexual
indoctrination of schoolchildren (SB 777 and AB
394), oppose demeaning marriage (AB 43 and AB
102), and oppose forcing the
homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda on
businesses, organizations, and churches (AB
14)," said Thomasson.
"Distracted drivers cause car accidents;
distracted pastors may accidentally assist
anti-family bills to be signed into law. The
Governor will notice our loud voice or our
relative silence. The choice is [ours]," he
"Young children will be led astray, the
definition of marriage will be irreparably
harmed, and cherished freedom of conscience will
be trampled if Arnold Schwarzenegger signs these
bad bills into law," said Thomasson.
"Too many Americans find themselves without
church leadership on social issues that threaten
the very foundation of western civilization,"
said conservative activist Michael Baker.
"More and more Americans are asking 'Where are
the pastors? Where is the moral leadership?'"
Mike Baker said he believes most church pastors
and conservative political leaders are cowards
who fear the wrath of the mainstream news media
and the venom of liberal-left activists.
"Pastors especially have allowed themselves to
be bullied by people who are no better than
heathens. Conservative politcians fear the bad
press they would get from the likes of the New
York Times and Washington Post," Baker said.
"Private citizens are doing the work that
pastors and church leaders should be doing in
fighting the good fight on behalf of our most
vulnerable citizens -- American children," Baker
Hearing about the Long's dilemma, one California
homeschooling mother [who wished to remain
anonymous] said that she went to her pastor
asking for the church's involvement exposing the
courts determination to end homeschooling in the
state, and was told to her dismay that the
church would not get involved citing Romans 13.
She was told "We'll pray on it." I also prayed,
which led me to come to you for help, she
Exodus Mandate, a national advocacy group that
urges parents to remove their children from the
public school systems, has launched a California
affiliate in the wake of passage of SB 777. The
California Exodus project has
endorsed by a coalition of Christian
California isn't the only state beginning to
clamp down on homeschooling families. For
instance, in Oregon the state legislature has
made grumblings about children not under their
control because they are homeschooled and not
exposed to indoctrination, according to public
One man who has been at the forefront of
fighting for parents rights is Jack Alan Brown,
a key figure in the
Party of Oregon. An avowed conservative,
Brown set out to collect signatures on a
petition that would lead to a referendum placed
on Oregon's election ballot. The referendum
would ensure that parents' rights to educate
their own children would be recognized by the
state as sacrosanct.
"I believe that the phrase 'parental rights'
involves two critical ingredients -- one is
stated and the other is implied: parents and
offspring. It links those two ingredients in a
relationship that has rights imputed to one
party of that relationship without denying that
the other party has rights as well, i.e., saying
that we believe in parental rights does not mean
that only parents have rights, said Brown.
"Parental rights is a plural phrase, because it
has numerous aspects. Parents have the right to
honor and obedience from their offspring, but
the passing on of their value system to their
offspring is not only a right, it is a
responsibility. Providing shelter and sustenance
is a responsibility. Developing the moral
character of one's offspring is not only a right
it is a responsibility. Developing skills of
one's offspring for survival as an adult is not
only a right it is a responsibility. To
interfere with the exercise of one's
responsibility is as dastardly as interfering
with the exercise of one's rights," he said.
Brown adds, "The majority of the participating
voters of this state, through initiatives and
through their elected representatives, have
forcibly taken away the rights of parents to
oversee the upbringing of their children, and
have also restricted their rights to contract.
We can only remedy the situation when we repeal
all compulsory education statutes and eliminate
mandatory public financing of education."
Unfortunately, Brown fell short on the number of
signatures collected. But he's vowed to continue
to fight for parents' rights and the rights of
children to be free from indoctrination.
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