TX Court: “Rapture” No Excuse To Cut Class Until It Actually Happens

Published On August 11, 2014 | By Bob Rowen |

A court in Texas ruled earlier this month that a family homeschooling their children had no right to cease that education due to an expected rapture.  The court ruled their belief did not exempt them from state education regulations.  Michael and Laura McIntyre had removed their children from a private school in 2004 and home schooled them ever since.

In 2006, the school district investigated an anonymous complaint that the children were not receiving any education and learned that one daughter had run away to enroll in at Coronado High School.  Parents refused to cooperate when requested to provide curriculum information to aid in her placement there.

On why the McIntyre’s ceased educating the children, Michael McIntyre’s twin brother Tracy said he;

“overhead one of the McIntyre children tell a cousin that they did not need to do schoolwork because they were going to be raptured,” the court document noted.  

Truancy complaints were filed against the couple who filed for injunctive relief.  The appeals court ruled their first amendment right of “free exercise of religion” was not infringed upon by state regulations on education.

In making their ruling, the court referenced the Supreme Court case of Wisconsin Vs. Yoder in which Amish defendants pulled their children out of school at the end of eighth grade.  The court had ruled in favor of the defendants in that case, but they were very specific in their reasoning, including:

“Not all beliefs rise to the demands of the religious clause of the First Amendment. There needs to be evidence of true and objective religious practices, instead of an individual making his or her standards on such matters. The Amish way of life is one of deep religious convictions that stems from the Bible. It is determined by their religion, which involves their rejection of worldly goods and their living in the Biblical simplicity. The modern compulsory secondary education is in sharp conflict with their way of life. “

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A lifelong politics junkie with particular interests in privatization and other business and labor issues like minimum wage and immigration.Robert Rowen is also a writer of fiction.His first novel is called The Ballad of Llewellynn.

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