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Swedish authorities frown on home schooling

      Several previous weblog items have dealt with the situation in Sweden.  In this latest update, Pete Chagnon of OneNewsNow on 12/30/2009 reported that a Swedish family is faced with the prospect of losing their children simply because they home school.  The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is reporting that Swedish authorities in June boarded a plane scheduled to depart for India and removed Christer and Annie Johansson’s seven-year-old son Dominic from the custody of the Christian couple. HSLDA attorney Mike Donnelly says Swedish officials did not have a warrant and were acting in accordance to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Donnelly notes that the Swedish government does not believe that home schooling is a proper way to educate a child.  "This is one of the most disgraceful abuses of power we have ever witnessed," says the attorney. "The Swedish government is exercising its authority under the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child to unnecessarily break up this family."  It is a "very dark time" in Sweden, says Donnelly.  "The Swedish Parliament is reviewing an essential ban on home schooling," he explains. "We have heard that other home-schooling families in Sweden are having more difficulty with local officials. We fear that all home-schooling families in Sweden are at risk in what could be the beginning of a widespread persecution."  Earlier this month, a Swedish court sided with the officials. HSLDA, along with attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund, will be defending the family.  Note:  Of course, we have many officials in this country who "frown on homeschooling" too.  How long will it take them to go down the same road as the Swedish officials?

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