Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Parental Rights: To Be Taken Away and Given to the UN?

I have been following this issue online for awhile and became alerted to this article on recently. Parents need to become more aware of the laws and powers the government is planning or hoping to impose on us and our kids.
If there were a recipe for creating a new conservative culture-wars issue, it might look something like this: Start with the United Nations, fold in the prospect of an expanded role for government in children’s lives, add some unfortunate court decisions, then toss in Barbara Boxer and Hillary Clinton.

And indeed, when House Republicans recently found themselves with all these ingredients at hand, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) started pre-heating the oven.

(Thankfully)Hoekstra last week introduced a bill in the House to amend the U.S. Constitution to permanently “enshrine” in American society an inviolable set of parents’ rights. The bill had 70 co-sponsors, all Republicans, including Minority Whip Eric Cantor and Minority Leader John A. Boehner.

The bill, said Hoekstra, is intended to stem the “slow erosion” of parents’ rights and to circumvent the effects of a United Nations treaty he believes “clearly undermines parental rights in the United States.”

The treaty to which he refers is the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, a 20-year-old document signed by President Bill Clinton in 1995 but never ratified. The treaty sets international standards for government obligations to children in areas that range from protection from abuse and exploitation to ensuring a child’s right to free expression.

While a treaty that seeks to protect children may sound innocuous, its opponents, such as Michael Farris, the Christian conservative founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, see in it a dystopian future in which “Parents would no longer be able to administer reasonable spankings to their children”; “A child’s ‘right to be heard’ would allow him (or her) to seek governmental review of every parental decision with which the child disagreed”; and “Children would have the ability to choose their own religion while parents would only have the authority to give their children advice about religion,” as he puts it on his website
If we as parents don't keep informed and follow up with what is going on in the legislature things will get passed into law behind our backs that we may not agree with regardless of political party. In my previous article, I mentioned about what happens when the government becomes involved in parental and family decisions what can happen is not always pretty. Children end up in homes where they are further 'at risk', abused,abandoned or worse left for dead. This is why it is so important for parents to get support either from friends and families, their neighbors, their church or other local services. The governments involvement in our personal lives and how we raise our children should be very limited, outside of us  permitting them into our homes.

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