Liberal Bureaucrats Are Targeting These Families – All For Someone Else’s Crime

Homeschooling families have spent decades working to undo the stereotypes and stigmas that have so often been attached to the practice, often facing persecution from overzealous state and local bureaucrats.

While homeschooling has become far more accepted as an alternate form of education (and rightly so, as its benefits leave no doubt), American families still find themselves on the defense against those who don’t understand.

Now, because of the despicable actions of one family, who just so happened to homeschool, the entire homeschool community is once again under scrutiny.  The state of California, always on the attack against conservative family values, is pointing the finger at all homeschool parents as potential child abusers.

The Turpin family in California is giving California legislators the ammunition they’ve been looking for to increase government regulation of homeschooling.  The Turpins were arrested for extreme abuse and neglect of their thirteen children, and the state is blaming the fact that they weren’t in public school to be monitored.

The fact is, abuse goes on undetected every day and using homeschooling as a scapegoat is on par with the rest of California’s liberal attacks on traditional families.

The Washington Examiner reported:

California is seeking to treat homeschool families as presumptive child abusers. Lawmakers in that state have indicated plans to categorically require homeschool parents to prove — through home visits, interviews, and other government oversight — that indeed the parent is not abusive if they choose to exercise a legally protected and valid option for school choice. This measure would shift the burden to the parent to prove to the government’s satisfaction his or her parental fitness.

Using the Turpins’ case as one extreme example to bolster their platform, legislators are now looking to increase government regulations of homeschooling in California, which may lay the groundwork for increased regulation nationwide. Already, state legislators have suggested they will introduce legislation to cure the supposed “problem” of laxity in private school choice options, which includes homeschooling.

This is just the latest example of the “guilty until proven innocent” stance that liberal legislators take to prevent religious liberty and increase big-government overreach.

The ridiculous reaction by California lawmakers seems to imply that children who attend public school could never be abused without someone suspecting and reporting it.  That could not be farther from the truth.

The fact is, public school families would never face the same kind of scrutiny as homeschoolers because the state has them right where they want them – under their control, and with their children being force-fed liberal indoctrination instead of academics.

The Washington Examiner continued:

Further, these types of proposed “solutions” pose a myriad of constitutional problems. First, it treats homeschool families as suspect child abusers without any legitimate legal basis. It is similar to requiring all drivers to undergo a breath or blood test to prove they are not under the influence simply because they chose to exercise a valid legal option of driving.

Moreover, the data just aren’t there to support any logical connection between homeschooling as a school choice option and child abuse. In published studies among such experts as the World Health Organization, the U.S. Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, the American Psychological Association, the Mayo Clinic, and others, none of these sources list homeschooling as a risk factor for child abuse and neglect. In other words, there is no evidence or data to even suggest that homeschooled children are being harmed or at risk of harm at a rate higher than children in other non-homeschooled and private schooling communities. 

These legislators are stigmatizing good parents who want to raise their children with traditional values  — and away from the liberal agenda that plagues our public schools.

A government is supposed to assist its people, not control them.  Homeschooling parents have always been a target because they believe in their constitutional rights and their duty to God to raise their children with conservative Christian values.

Homeschool advocacy groups are on the defense, working to prevent further government regulation over homeschoolers due to the Turpin family’s effect on the community.  It is ridiculous and tragic that an entire community of innocent families is being persecuted for the horrific actions that were committed in this rare case.

What do you think of the attempts by California legislators to prey on the homeschool community because of these monstrous parents?  Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

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