From the comments on another post
Crimson Wife said...
Sometimes defending freedom means defending people with whom one 100% disagrees. I support the right of Christian Dominionists to homeschool just as I support the right of neo-Nazis or the KKK to hold a non-violent march down city streets. We cannot pick & choose whom to grant freedoms to based on popularity.
I agree, but the Mills case isn't so cut and dried. Family members and close friends have expressed concerns about the Mother's homeschooling the children.
Her father and mother described, under oath that she had become controlling and domineering, instilling fear in her children.
A lifelong friend of the woman stated in a sworn affidavit that their friendship withered away since the woman joined the Sound Doctrine Church. She states that the woman has distanced herself from her parents and her sisters, that the woman has an extreme control over her children, that they are more withdrawn than is to be considered normal and that the behaviour of the children when she saw them in June 2008 was alarming. Other people make similar statements.
This is mental abuse and in light of this testimony and other testimony the judge was 100% right to order the children be sent to public school.
It's also interesting to see the DEMANDS Venessa Mills made, keep in mind the children are 10, 11 and 12 years old.
Although the husband has a good job, no criminal record, and no history of substance abuse or domestic violence, the woman has asked for several court orders:
- -Limiting the husband from having any overnights visits with his children.
- -Limiting the husband from seeing his children to a total of 9 hours a week.
- -Removing all decision making authority away from the husband related to education and religion.
- -To not allow the husband any regular visitation on Sundays.
- -Limiting the husband's phone calls to the children to only those that are scheduled beforehand.
- -To order that the husband to not allow the children to have contact with any ex-Sound Doctrine members or anyone hostile to the organization.
Based on all this, Judge Ned Mangum finds that the woman is alienating her children from their maternal grandparents, their aunt, and most importantly their father. He also finds that the affidavits of the woman's parents, sister, and lifelong friends are credible as they have known her for many years.
To defend Venessa Mills right to homeschool in light of this evidence is akin to defending abuse. Homeschoolers MUST NOT support Venessa Mills.
HT: HERP&ES post HS Justice