CBN News Reporter
By Charlene Israel
March 30, 2008
CBNNews.com – A California state court will reconsider its ruling that could outlaw homeschooling — raising hopes in the homeschooling community that the justices will reverse their action.Last month the court ruled that parents who educate their children at home could be criminally liable under California law. The justices ruled that parents “do not have a constitutional right to home school their children.”
The court argued that only credentialed teachers could educate children. The family at the center of the case home schooled their eight children, but did not hold a teaching certifcation.Many pro-family groups viewed the ruling as troublesome because California’s public schools have some of the more liberal laws in the nation regarding teaching about sexuality and homosexuality.
They feared the court’s published opinion would force thousands of families to stop homeschooling.
Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund were among those who asked the court to reconsider the ruling.
“Another look at this case will help ensure that the fundamental rights of parents are fully protected,” they argued.
Michael Farris of The Homeschool Legal Defense Fund Association also called the court’s decision to rehear the case a “great first step.”
“We are very glad that this case will be reheard and that this opinion has been vacated, but there is no guarantee as to what the ultimate outcome will be,” he said.
He added that this case remains the association’s top priority. The court will hear the case in June.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar said he will intervene if the ruling is not overturned.
Sources: CBN News, The Associated Press
Courtesy of CBN.com
The day was fabulous. Started off the day by leading worship for our Youth Group at Church. Came home and put the finishing touches on the feast our family had for Easter dinner. Family all came to our house. Honey baked ham, garlic potatoes, deviled eggs, salad, dinner rolls, vege tray for snacks, Strawbooty cake (as my two year old affectionately calls it), key lime pie and Turtle pie. We’re all fat and sleepy.
But seriously, I praise Jesus today. It seems I’ll never fully understand the fullness of the price He paid for my sins on that cross. But I am so very thankful for Him. He is worthy of our praise. Praise His mighty Name!
God bless you all on this Easter Sunday evening…
My sons are traveling back east to Georgia to visit with their mother, extended family and friends tonight. Please pray for their safe journey, and for God’s covering over their hearts and spirits as they spend this next week there. Thank you in advance.
March 17, 2008
DOHA, Qatar – Thousands of worshipers have attended the consecration of Qatar’s first Christian church, ending decades of underground worship in the Sunni Muslim Persian Gulf nation.Cardinal Ivan Dias presented the new Roman Catholic parish of Our Lady of the Rosary with a chalice offered by Pope Benedict. Saturday’s five-hour Mass was conducted in English with prayers in Arabic, Hindi and the Tagalog language of the Philippines.
Some 3,000 worshipers filled the church, and 7,000 more gathered outside.
The church’s exterior features no Christian symbols that would offend local Muslims.
Nearby, five more churches are under construction for other Christian denominations in oil-rich Qatar, where more than 70 percent of the population is comprised of expatriate workers.
Courtesy of AP News