The Texas Supreme Court remanded a case to the lower court decision allowing people to not send their kids to school or teach them anything at home if they’re good little Christians about to be raptured.
The 6-3 decision by the all-Republican court on technical grounds means nothing was decided regarding a showdown between religious liberties and educational requirements in America’s largest conservative state, though it will live on in lower Texas courts.
Texas doesn’t require parents who home-school their children to register with state authorities. While families must meet “basic educational goals” in reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics and citizenship, they don’t have to give standardized testing or otherwise prove student progress is made.
Problems for Laura and Michael McIntyre, who once educated their nine children in an empty office at the family’s motorcycle dealership in El Paso, arose after an uncle told the school district that he never saw the children do much of anything educational. According to court filings, he also overheard of the children tell a cousin “they did not need to do schoolwork because they were going to be raptured,” or blessed by the second coming of Jesus Christ.
That’s actually happening. Right here in America. A state’s high court actually refused to rule on the case, shooting it down on “technical grounds,” because that way the child neglect can go on uninhibited. It’s truly a sad story.