Kiarre Harris, following the laws of the State to the letter, has been bereft of her children for over a month. She is not alone, and you need to pay attention why.
About 150 years ago, the states and federal government in this land erected one more god. This god grew and matured, and its altar of worship was finalized less than 40 years go. Kiarre Harris, a single mother from Buffalo, New York, was summoned to this god’s Court recently for alleged “child neglect.” According to one report, the god saith, “Respondent recently posted a comment on social media ridiculing the school system and people who attend school or graduate from school.” Kiarre learned from court orders that she was being summoned to appear before the all-seeing, all-knowing, social-media-spying Messianic State.
Although Kiarre claims her statement was twisted, we see clearly that the Department of Education equates criticism of the work of its hands with blasphemy. Yes, blasphemy laws still do exist, they have only been revised to protect the secular state’s gods. Its words, “Respondent appears to have a problem with whatever school the children are attending,” again reveal that the god of education cannot and will not be questioned.
Kiarre Harris says that on January 13, 2017, she was stopped by the police, snatched out of her vehicle, her vehicle impounded. While police refused to read her rights, she was arrested and handed court summons. She claims they demanded to know where her children were in order that they may “remove them from her custody.” She knew, and we know, that phrase is government-talk for legal kidnapping. Kiarre Harris says she has never been arrested and never been charged with anything before in her thirty years.
The nature of this crime committed by these police officers is not foreign to the subject at hand. It is not surprising that a system which will penalize property owners—whether they have children in public schools or not, or whether they even have children—for not paying for public schools. If you don’t pay your tithes and bring your sacrifice to the Messianic State, and contribute to a system that cultivates people willfully to enslave themselves to the State, you will be punished.
On January 19, Kiarre posted the following:
My children and I are still being stalked and harassed. Last night the agent Amanda Bennion followed us with police officers. The officers claimed they were searching me to make sure I didn’t have anything on me. I told them that by law they have to have a female police officer do that. But they proceeded to sexually assault me by pulling my shirt up and pulling my pants down.
The extent to which the government will go in order to proclaim its sovereignty over you is disturbing. Kiarre took her children out of public schools because she was displeased with their system and indoctrination. The fact that she even had to send a letter of intent to her district and an “Individualized Home Instruction Plan,” shows how the government claims itself to be the parent, if not God himself. She would have to follow up with attendance records and quarterly reports and annual assessments.
One goal of homeschooling is supposed to be freedom from this type of bondage, yet the State still insists on some control. Every state has different laws regarding homeschooling. However, the fact that there are any regulations over education by the civil government is unbiblical and is not God’s design. The government oversteps its authority when it dictates how you should teach your children, where you can teach your children, what you must teach your children, when, and how long you should teach your children, etc. Simply put, it is none of the State’s business. Any critical thinker can see that regulating education means that the state must to some extent own you and your children. Many would deny this or call it an exaggeration, but it’s actually much like the old slave days. Masters and politicians denied that they “owned” the actual persons of the slaves, but only affirmed ownership to their labor. Yet they exercised the right to exact that labor however they could. It was de facto ownership of the person under a different name. So it is today. The State claims it has an interest and a duty in the education of children, and it does whatever it wants in order to exercise that right; it is de facto ownership of our persons.
Ms. Harris is very aware of this type of corruption. She is an activist who uses the spoken word to express her frustration. Nevertheless, she followed all the proper steps of removing her children from public schools. According to buffalonews.com, the district reported “Harris had problems with Child Protective Services prior to when she began homeschooling the children in early December.” They claim that her claims are inaccurate—but they refuse to provide any more details. Other reports, however, say the district is claiming the reason CPS was even contacted by the schools before she began homeschooling was due to the children’s habitual absence from school. Kiarre claims she was not contacted by CPS until after she had filed proper paperwork and the district had confirmed the children were unenrolled. According to Kiarre, CPS was concerned about their absence from school although they were not even enrolled.
Either way, the government again displays its tyranny when it punishes families for children missing too many days of school. No one even questions why this is a crime. If your child is never enrolled in school, and you never notify the government of your intentions of homeschooling, you and your children will be punished. The truth is, the government does not need to know if you are homeschooling, private schooling, or what.
The court summons Ms. Harris received also claimed that she moved and switched the children’s school too frequently. Ms. Harris denies both claims, but she also argues that even if that were true, that is not a crime. It appears true that her district messed up some paperwork, maybe neglected to communicate well between departments, and instead of correcting its own mistakes, is trying to manufacture a way to justify it. (In fact, one report highlights the fact that the State actually increased its charge against her, with no additional evidence or reasoning, after it had already taken the children away.) Either that, or they are simply punishing Kiarre for her stance against one of its divinities—the public education system—and other injustices in this country.
Kiarre Harris is not alone in being victimized by this legal kidnapping by the State. There are many others who face this same battle every day, whether due to homeschooling, disagreeing with a doctor’s recommendation, or worse. It could even be a meddlesome or vengeful family member staging a completely false allegation, but CPS will intervene and possibly even take action. It could be nothing more than a completely anonymous phone call from a complete stranger—motivated by anything, good intentions or not—and the same can happen, and does happen, frequently.
The solution to this problem is not simply empathizing with, or even assisting, Kiarre Harris in fighting her specific case, but must be to abolish the gods that are the Departments of Education and Child Protective Services everywhere, altogether. No one and no civil government institution has any right to regulate our children’s education. If we fix this issue simply by proving Kiarre Harris followed proper protocol, the real issue has not been addressed and will continue. Just as the Prison system cannot merely be reformed, these gods of the modern, secular, Messianic State cannot be either. They must be abolished and replaced with Freedom. When people demand from the government a “right to education,” they are asking it to be a god over them and their children. The sooner we acknowledge this, the sooner we can have a real discussion.
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