Parental Rights . . .

February 6, 2009 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

So there is currently a Human Rights treaty before the United Nations (which by the way I personally think we should totally pull out of) which will seriously restrict parents from making decisions regarding their children. Covering topics as broad as spanking, religion, to homeschooling. Essentially every decision you as a parent would make could be called into question by the government. With Obama in office the treaty is once again coming to a forefront.

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I will agree that there are situations and homes where children are being “abused”. But this treaty opens the doors to all of our homes and takes away the parents rights to help guide their children. Your ability to bring your children up with values and morals that you believe in would be under question. How is it that we are going to afford more rights to children than to their parents? My children are not ready to make these kinds of decisions for themselves. Children do need some limits and with the implications of the treaty it could limit my ability to assist my children to be responsible adults. I am sure the treaty has specific intents, but it will be prostituted and misused against innocent parents because their children don’t like something and groups like the ACLU will get involved and make things worse.

Currently the United States and Somalia are the only two countries who have not yet signed this treaty. If we sign this it will be next to impossible to get out of. This has been on the table since the 1990s. Madeline Albright did sign the document but it was not ratified by Congress mostly due to conservatives’ efforts to show it would create that list of rights which primarily would be enforced against parents.

The international treaty creates specific civil, economic, social, cultural and even economic rights for every child and states that “the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” It is monitored by the CRC, which conceivably has enforcement powers.

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.
*Teaching children about Christianity in schools has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
*Allowing parents to opt their children out of sex education 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.

“Where the child has a right fulfilled by the government, the responsibilities shift from parents to the government,” Farris said. “The implications of all this shifting of responsibilities is that parents no longer have the traditional roles of either being responsible for their children or having the right to direct their children.” The government would decide what is in the best interest of a children in every case, and the CRC would be considered superior to state laws, Farris said. Parents could be treated like criminals for making every-day decisions about their children’s lives.

“If you think your child shouldn’t go to the prom because their grades were low, the U.N. Convention gives that power to the government to review your decision and decide if it thinks that’s what’s best for your child,” he said. “If you think that your children are too young to have a Facebook account, which interferes with the right of communication, the U.N. gets to determine whether or not your decision is in the best interest of the child.”

He continued, “If you think your child should go to church three times a week, but the child wants to go to church once a week, the government gets to decide what it thinks is in the best interest of the children on the frequency of church attendance.”

He said American social workers would be the ones responsible for implementation of the policies.

Farris said it could be easier for President Obama to push for ratification of the treaty than it was for the Clinton administration because “the political world has changed.”

At a Walden University presidential debate last October, Obama indicated he may take action.

“It’s embarrassing to find ourselves in the company of Somalia, a lawless land,” Obama said. “I will review this and other treaties to ensure the United States resumes its global leadership in human rights.”

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. Now if that is not reason enough to get Boxer out of office I don’t know what is.

There is pressure being placed on Obama to strengthen the US relations with the UN by finalizing treaties such as this one that have been signed by not ratified.

Partnership for a Secure America Director Matthew Rojansky helped draft the statement. He said the treaty commands strong support and is likely to be acted on quickly, according to an Inter Press Service report. Ratification is going to come up. The public needs to understand what is at stake.

“I think it is going to be the battle of their lifetime,” he said. “There’s not enough political capital in Washington, D.C., to pass this treaty. We will defeat it.”

Check out Parental Rights for more information.

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