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ERLC’s Russell D. Moore Comments on Religious Liberty Concerning German Home-Schooling Family

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 4, 2014Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Conventions Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, comments on the case involving the German home-schooling family who was recently denied a hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 3. Fox News correspondent, Shannon Bream, reports that the Department of Homeland Security has informed the family that it has no plans to deport the family.

Deporting this family is reprehensible, Moore said. America has always sought to be a home for the oppressed around the world. Educating one’s children according to one’s religious convictions is a human right. Sending this family back to Germany is the repudiation of a great American heritage. This should remind us of how imperiled religious liberty is at home and around the world.

The Romeike family was seeking asylum in the United States because their home country does not allow home schooling.

I hope and pray that DHS will not deport this family and will stand for our long-held commitment to helping those oppressed for their religious convictions, Moore said.

The issue of religious freedom is one of the three major topics in the ERLC 2014 “legislative agenda.”:

The Southern Baptist Convention is Americas largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.9 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBCs ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn. and Washington, D.C.

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