Saturday, April 25, 2009

Parental Rights at Risk!

As our family grows and matures, I have become more and more aware of the importance of autonomy in the workings of individual families.
Every family is different and every child depends on the bonds that are forged within the family to navigate the larger world.
Granted, not all children are blest with a family that provides a strong foundation for the future, but, I think that for the most part, American families do want the best for their children and most parents really try to be the best that they can be for their kids.

There is a very different view of family and childhood within the international community.
There is a storm brewing for parents and families in this country, and we need to become informed and aware, as parents, grandparents and citizens.

I am going to be blogging about it off and on as this issue unfolds. Please share this information with others, so that we can unify our efforts.
The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a sweeping effort by the United Nations to move into our families and determine how parents are able to raise their children.
At this time we have signed, but not ratified this treaty.
Please inform yourself and get in touch with your people in Congress. Encourage them to support
the Parental Rights Amendment.

Here is some information that came from the website.
I will post new information as it is available.


Ten things you need to know about the structure of the CRC.

  1. It is a treaty which creates binding rules of law. It is no mere statement of altruism.
  2. Its effect would be binding on American families, courts, and policy-makers.
  3. Children of other nations would not be impacted in any direct way by our ratification.
  4. The CRC would automatically override almost all American laws on children and families because of our Supremacy Clause.
  5. The CRC has some elements that are self-executing, while others would require implementing legislation. Federal courts would have the power to determine which provisions were self-executing.
  6. The Courts would have the power to directly enforce the provisions that are self-executing.
  7. Congress would have the power to directly legislate on all subjects necessary to comply with the treaty. This would constitute the most massive shift of power from the states to the federal government in American history.
  8. A committee of 18 experts from other nations, sitting in Geneva, has the authority to issue official interpretations of the treaty which are entitled to binding weight in American courts and legislatures. This effectively transfers ultimate authority for all policies in this area to this foreign committee.
  9. Under international law, the treaty overrides even our Constitution.
  10. Reservations, declarations, or understandings intended to modify our duty to comply with this treaty will be void if they are determined to be inconsistent with the object and purpose of the treaty.

Ten things you need to know about the substance of the CRC.

  1. Parents would no longer be able to administer reasonable spankings to their children.
  2. 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.
  3. Children would have the ability to choose their own religion while parents would only have the authority to give their children advice about religion.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. According to existing interpretation, it would be illegal for a nation to spend more on national defense than it does on children’s welfare.
  7. Children would acquire a legally enforceable right to leisure.
  8. Christian schools that refuse to teach "alternative worldviews" and teach that Christianity is the only true religion "fly in the face of article 29" of the treaty.
  9. Allowing parents to opt their children out of sex education has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
  10. Children would have the right to reproductive health information and services, including abortions, without parental knowledge or consent.

For a full explanation of all of these points, check out Mike Farris's article, Nannies in Blue Berets.

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