KNIGHT: The sound of tyranny

U.S. connives with Germany to punish home-schoolers

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After Germany invaded Austria in 1938, the Nazis quickly de-Christianized the schools. In her book “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers,” Maria von Trapp, the real-life Maria played by Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music,” related how one of her daughters came home to report that “the teacher said that Jesus was only a naughty Jewish boy who ran away from his parents.”

During a family meeting, a child explained, “In school, we are not permitted to sing any religious songs with the names of Christ or Christmas. We can hardly sing any Bach for that reason.”

In America, many liberals hide their contempt for Christianity behind a facade of “tolerance.” After a CNN interview I did a few years ago about American schools deleting “Christmas” and creating “Winter Concerts,” and how this reminded me of Maria von Trapp’s reminisince, I got a letter from a prominent liberal accusing me of belittling the Holocaust. It didn’t make a lick of sense, since the Holocaust never came up even remotely. My citing Mrs. von Trapp’s account of the Nazis’ repression of Christianity set him off, though. The charge was so off-the-wall that I didn’t bother responding.

In another memoir titled “Maria,” Mrs. Von Trapp wrote about her and her husband Georg’s decision to flee Austria: “There was no real question what God wanted. As a family it was decided that we wanted to keep Him. We understood that this meant we had to get out.”

The Romeike family came to the same conclusion and expected to find refuge in America, where freedom of religion is enshrined in the First Amendment.

It would be more than a shame if they find out they were wrong.

Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.

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