I have often quoted the wonderful statement of the 1937 Irish Constitution on the nature of the family:
“The State recognises the Family as the natural primary and fundamental unit group of Society, and as a moral institution possessing inalienable and imprescriptible rights, antecedent and superior to all positive law.”
It goes on to say:
“The State acknowledges that the primary and natural educator of the child is the Family and guarantees to respect the inalienable right and duty of parents to provide, according to their means, for the religious and moral, intellectual, physical and social education of their children. Parents shall be free to provide this education in their homes or in private schools or in schools recognised or established by the State.”
The second passage is of course a logical consequence of the first. The original Bunreacht na hÉireann though not a perfect document (not least in the absence of the word ‘one’ from article 44.1.2) had the good fortune to be written in the reign of Pope Pius XI who, among many other great acheivements, wrote the encyclical Divini Illius Magistri a brilliant exposition of the true nature of education and of the right to educate.
(As an aside it also contains the most hard-line statement of Papal authority in temporals since Unam Sanctam:
“[T]he Church as a perfect society has an independent right to the means conducive to its end, and because every form of instruction, no less than every human action, has a necessary connection with man’s last end, and therefore cannot be withdrawn from the dictates of the divine law, of which the Church is guardian, interpreter and infallible mistress.”)
The Spirit of the Age (aka the Prince of this World) does not like marriage it being the symbol of everything he seeks to destroy and of his greatest defeat. He has invented his own version ‘Gay marriage’ and his alternative to the family: the Leviathan State. The Leviathan State doesn’t like home schooling or the principles enunciated in sections 41-42 of the 1937 Irish Constitution. In fact, they are a declaration of war to the death between the family and the Leviathan.
Hobbes may have christened Leviathan (well presumably it was a humanist naming ceremony) but it has found its natural home in the lands blessed with tongue of Luther. Germany has quite recently been imprisoning parents for home schooling. Austria is now keen to catch up. The law code in Austria (Leviathan loves law codes and hates common law) seems to allow for home schooling but the children have to be tested every year in German (the persecuted parents are not Austrian) with the same exams based on the same curriculum as the state schools. The group of parents seeking to resist are facing tens of thousands of Euros in annual fines, possible imprisonment, and have been threatened with the confiscation of their children.