Saturday, March 5, 2011

German Mother in Prison for Resisting Sex Ed

A German mother is in prison as a result of resisting state measures to force objectionable “sexual education” on her children. Her husband has already served his 43-day sentence. The couple bring the number of Christian parents imprisoned for this reason to 10.

Heinrich and Irene Wiens belong to the Baptist Church. Their case has been taken up by the United States based Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) -- a Christian legal alliance defending religious liberty, sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.

In June 2006, the Wiens’ objected to their children’s attendance at both a mandatory stage play and four school days of so-called “sexual education” classes. Both parents believed the programs contradicted their sincerely held religious beliefs, as they and their four children are active in the Christian Baptist Church. The Wiens’ kept their children at home during the programs and instead instructed them in their own Christian values on sexuality. The parents were subsequently sentenced by a lower court in June 2008 and both were fined a total of 2,340 Euros (approximately $3,250 U.S.), which they refused to pay on legal and moral grounds.

Hence the prison sentences.

ADF filed an emergency appeal yesterday with the European Court of Human Rights, calling for Mrs Wien’s immediate release. Legal counsel Roger Kiska, based in the Slovak Republic, says the Wiens are well within their rights under the European Convention of Human Rights and other laws.

ADF is representing four similar cases before the ECHR. “These types of cases are crucial battles in the effort to keep bad decisions concerning parental rights overseas from being adopted by American courts,” says Mr Kiska.

From here.


George Patsourakos said...

Sex education in schools should not be mandatory courses or information sessions, but optional. Parents should have the right to refuse to allow their children from attending such intimate courses.

Sex education is the type of learning that must come from the parents -- based on the family's religion, moral principles, and other factors -- not from the schools.

I am confident that the European Union Court of Human Rights will rule against the mandatory attendance of students in sex education classes of schools, since these classes deny parents of the right to instill their own personal values of this intimate subject on their children.

Alice C. Linsley said...

I certainly hope the EU Court will do so, George.