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Oversight-hating Christian homeschool lobby enables tragedies like Kansas dad who fed boy to pigs

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The Christian homeschool lobby in the U.S. is fighting attempts by states to regulate home educators, even after the tragic deaths of children who were purportedly being taught in their homes but were actually missing for years.

According to the Associated Press, one homeschool father in Kansas reportedly beat his 7-year-old son to death, then fed his remains to the family’s pigs. Advocates for home education reform say these tragedies could potentially be averted if legislators were not so cowed before the passionate homeschool lobby, who see parents’ dominion over their children as a deeply personal and inviolable right.

“It’s largely a conservative thing, but even progressive home-schoolers tend to resist oversight,” said Rachel Coleman, of the Coalition for Responsible Home Education to the AP. “Part of it is because there is an assumption that parents always know what’s best for their children.”

“As many as two-thirds are home-schooling in part for religious reasons,” Coleman said. “Part of that for conservative Christians is that God has given that child to the parents, not the state. The state doesn’t own my child, God has entrusted my child to me.”

Coleman argues that increased oversight of home educated children could alert officials to problems in families before they erupt into violence, serious neglect or murder.

The AP said that in Detroit, a brother and sister were missing for two years before their remains were found in a deep freezer in their family home. An 11-year-old Florida girl was also found murdered and frozen.

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In Kansas City, Michael A. Jones, 44 is charged with beating his 7-year-old son to death and then feeding his remains to the family pigs. Authorities have found the remains of a child in the Jones’ pig barn and are attempting to verify the boy’s identity.

The Jones family had eight children in the home, ages 1 to 11, none of whom were enrolled in school or received any education or intervention outside the home.

Kansas City’s KCTV Channel 5 said that Jones is charged with battering and assaulting his wife in late November but also with “torturing or cruelly beating” his 7-year-old son sometime between May 1 and Sept. 28

Cases like these are horrifying, but they rarely result in any kind of legislation that would increase oversight of homeschool families.

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Rob Kunzman of the International Center for Home Education Research at Indiana University told the AP, “They oftentimes create a short-term effort to increase regulation in the state where it happens, but rarely does this result in increased regulation because of the influence of home-school advocacy groups.”

The number of homeschooled children in the U.S. is rising. However, the estimated 1.7 million students being educated at home is still less than 3 percent of the country’s school-age children.

Currently, 11 states do not require parents to notify officials that they are homeschooling their children. Coleman said that ten other states require that the parents notify school officials one time that they are homeschooling their children, then nothing further.

The other 29 states require annual registration of homeschoolers. However, regulations from state to state vary, forming a patchwork of laws across the country in which too often children can slip between the cracks and disappear.

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Dr. Barbara Knox, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, told the AP that her research with five other pediatricians found that among children who authorities determined had been tortured by parents or caregivers, nearly half were homeschooled. Some 29 percent of tortured children didn’t attend school at all.

“For over half, few individuals outside the abuser(s) knew of the child’s existence,” Knox’ study found. “This social isolation typically involved preventing the child from attending school or daycare.”

Watch video about the Kansas case, embedded below:

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Alex Jones attacks Sandy Hook families’ lawyer as a ‘little white Jewboy’ in latest unhinged outburst

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Alex Jones is dealing with ongoing legal battles with families of victims and survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Jones is being accused of sending child pornography to the families and leading an ongoing attack on the families using his InfoWars network. However, his legal defense seems to hinge on attacking the plaintiffs' attorney, AboveTheLaw reported Thursday.

It was the child pornography that prompted Jones to lose his mind over attorney Chris Mattei. During the discovery phase of the trial, Mattei found the images and contacted the FBI, which he is required to do by law. But it sent Jones into an outright ragegasm in a video that was shown in court.

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Trump ridiculed for babbling Oval Office talk about ‘manned drones’: We call those ‘planes’

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During a press availability in the Oval Office with Canadian Prime Minister, Donald Trump was naturally asked about Iran reportedly shooting down a U.S. drone in international airspace, which led to the president rambling in the way he does about what a drone is and does.

His explanation was not what one might call knowledgeable or smooth.

“I think probably Iran made a mistake,” the president replied when asked about the international incident. “I would imagine it was a general or somebody that made a mistake in shooting that drone down. Fortunately, that drone was unarmed. There was no man in it and there was no — it was just — it was over international waters, clearly over international waters, but we didn’t have a man or woman in the drone. We had nobody in the drone. It would have made a big difference, let me tell you. It would have made a big, big difference."

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GOP lawmaker’s secret Christian magic shop exposed after he seeks Tennessee House leadership

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A Tennessee Republican is facing questions about a Christian magic supply business he operates out of his basement, but hasn't registered or disclosed with the state.

Deputy Speaker Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) is handing out campaign checks to Republican colleagues as he hopes to drum up support to become the state's next House Speaker, but he's facing new questions about his religiously themed business and ties to two companies that do political work, reported the Tennessean.

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