On Thursday morning, August 29, in a stunning act of terror and tyranny, the local German government near Darmstadt, Germany, abducted four children from their home in broad daylight. The children were forcibly removed from the Wunderlich family for one reason only: the parents were homeschooling.
Described as a "brutal and vicious act," the government used over 20 social workers, special agents and armed police to enforce the unjust ruling. The father, Dirk, described the scene: "It was like a scene out of a science fiction movie. Our neighbors and children have been traumatized by this invasion.”
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) reports that the children have been taken into custody. The parents have no contact, and the authorities told the parents they would not see the children "anytime soon."
The father described the abduction of his 14-year old daughter: "They weren’t being nice at all. When my wife tried to give my daughter a kiss and a hug goodbye, one of the special agents roughly elbowed her out of the way and said—'It's too late for that.' "
In what Mike Farris, chairman of HSLDA, can only describe as the "outrageous act of a rogue nation," the German courts, law and leaders have shown disdain for basic family rights. This law and its enforcement is reminiscent of 1930s Germany.
Basic to this travesty of justice is the loss of freedom of conscience. As one HSLDA director noted:
"But they [the Wunderlich family] also told me that they had followed their conscience and the dictates of their faith. Although they don’t have much faith in the German state—they have a lot of faith in God."
This concern of freedom of conscience, of following their faith, eerily mirrors the same concerns of the photography company in New Mexico. It cannot be ignored: in both cases the faith of the defendants was a Christian faith. May God have mercy on the Wunderlich family.