Last month on these pages, I wrote about the Wunderlich family. Dirk and Petra Wunderlich are Christian believers. Their four children, aged 7 to 14, were taken forcibly from their home in Darmstadt early one morning in late August by a battalion of twenty police, special agents, and social workers as the children began their morning home school classes. The court order authorizing the seizure of the children by force was signed by Judge Koenig of the Darmstadt family court. Judge Koenig declared that the failure by the parents to cooperate “with the authorities to send the children to school” permitted the use of force against the children. The judge found that the children had “adopted the parents’ opinions’ regarding homeschooling and that no cooperation could be expected” from either the parents or the children. (Imagine that!) The sturmtruppen then took the children to unknown locations, and German officials promised the parents that they would not be seeing their children anytime soon.
A hearing on this case is set to be heard on September 19, 2013, in Darmstadt. A rally has also been set in the park near the courthouse. An important religious liberty issue that is often ignored is the fundamental human right of parents to teach their children what they believe. In fact, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Article 26(3) states that parents have a “prior right” over the government to choose their children’s education. Although Germany is a party to numerous human rights treaties that recognize the right of parents to provide an education distinct from the government indoctrination schools, this fundamental human right has been taken away in Germany and several other European nations. Please pray for the Wunderlich family, and that God’s justice is done in keeping the Wunderlich family together. I will keep you posted on developments in this case. For more information about this case, please use this link.