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Michael Farris: Obama wants to "crush religious freedom"

Michael Farris
Michael Farris
Pete Marovich / The Boston Globe

On March 3rd, 2014, the Romeikes, a family that claims it will be persecuted for homeschooling if sent back, lost its asylum request at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Sixth Circuit ruled against the Romeike's petition last year, with Judge Jeffrey Sutton — a George W. Bush appointee — finding that "the German authorities have not singled out the Romeikes in particular, or homeschoolers in general, for persecution."

Conservative legal commentator Eugene Volokh also noted that a ruling in favor of the Romeike family would effectively give asylum to anyone who disagreed with their home countries' laws.

Serial liar Todd Starnes, on the other hand, would much prefer it if the Obama administration were responsible for the Romeikes' rejection and that it had been part of some kind of conspiracy against homeschooling.

Fortunately, Michael Farris, who has been representing the Romeike family, is equally willing to make such a claim.

"I think this is a part of the Obama administration's overall campaign to crush religious freedom in this country," said Farris.

Farris was also willing to cater to Starnes' absolute favorite conspiracy theory: Persecution of Christians in America:

“The Obama administration’s attitude toward religious freedom, particularly religious freedom for Christians is shocking," he reportedly told Starnes via phone. "I have little doubt that if this family had been of some other faith that the decision would have never been appealed in the first place. They would have let this family stay."

Farris even went so far as to allege that Obama would have turned away the Pilgrims: "The Pilgrims left England to go to Holland to seek religious freedom. They came here to seek religious freedom and parental rights for their children. Had this administration been waiting at Plymouth Rock, they would’ve told the Pilgrims to go back home."

What both Farris and Starnes are desperately trying to get people to overlook is that the Obama administration never had anything to do with this. Their bid for asylum was rejected by a Bush appointee and a Supreme Court still dominated by Republican appointees.

Todd Starnes and the American Taliban's war against reality remains as futile as it has ever been.