United Nations' threat: No more parental rights
A United Nations human rights treaty that could prohibit children from being spanked or homeschooled, ban youngsters from facing the death penalty and forbid parents from deciding their families' religion is on America's doorstep, a legal expert warns.
Michael Farris of Purcellville, Va., is president of ParentalRights.org, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association and chancellor of Patrick Henry College. He told WND that under the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, or CRC, every decision a parent makes can be reviewed by the government to determine whether it is in the child's best interest.
"It's definitely on our doorstep," he said. "The left wants to make the Obama-Clinton era permanent. Treaties are a way to make it as permanent as stuff gets. It is very difficult to extract yourself from a treaty once you begin it. If they can put all of their left-wing socialist policies into treaty form, we're stuck with it even if they lose the next election."
According to the Parental Rights website, the substance of the CRC dictates the following:
- Parents would no longer be able to administer reasonable spankings to their children.
- A murderer aged 17 years, 11 months and 29 days at the time of his crime could no longer be sentenced to life in prison.
- Children would have the ability to choose their own religion while parents would only have the authority to give their children advice about religion.
- The best interest of the child principle would give the government the ability to override every decision made by every parent if a government worker disagreed with the parent's decision.
- 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.
- According to existing interpretation, it would be illegal for a nation to spend more on national defense than it does on children's welfare.
- Children would acquire a legally enforceable right to leisure.
- Allowing parents to opt their children out of sex has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
- Children would have the right to reproductive health information and services, including abortions, without parental knowledge or consent
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been a strong supporter of the CRC, and she now has direct control over the treaty's submission to the Senate for ratification. The process requires a two-thirds vote.
Farris said Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., claimed in a private meeting just before Christmas that the treaty would be ratified within two years.
In November, a group of three dozen senior foreign policy figures urged Obama to strengthen U.S. relations with the U.N. Among other things, they asked the president to push for Senate approval of treaties that have been signed by the U.S. but not ratified.
This is simply outrageous! It's not enough that public schools brainwash our children into accepting the half-baked ideas of socialism, they now want to over-ride every decision a parent makes regarding the development of a child. There's more to the article. Just click on the "United Nations threat" link.
This underscores the entry I posted recently about abortion, liberalism, and creativity. Who is more creative than a child? Who dreams bigger than a little girl or boy? When does our capacity for creativity begin?
When we are young.
In order to drive out creativity, and the will to fight anyone who denies it, there must first be an across-the-board removal of freedom. Control is bearing down on us, courtesy of the U.N., who claims to have the child's best interest in mind when in reality, it is simply about replacing the source of direction for a child from the parent to an institution. The U.N. has set itself as judge and jury - intent upon carrying out its horrendous sentence of relegating parenting to the role of a stud service, like animals.
Some homosexuals call straight people "breeders." This would be true, if passed.