Parental Rights - The New Wedge Issue

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    American Family Rights Association :: The Voice of America's Families©

    Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) 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.

    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.

    "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."

    The 1990s-era document was ratified quickly by 193 nations worldwide, but not the United States or Somalia. In Somalia, there was then no recognized government to do the formal recognition, and in the United States there's been opposition to its power. Countries that ratify the treaty are bound to it by international law.

    Although signed by Madeleine Albright, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., on Feb. 16, 1995, the U.S. Senate never ratified the treaty, largely because of conservatives' efforts to point out 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." While the treaty states that parents or legal guardians "have primary responsibility for the upbringing and development of the child," Farris said government will ultimately determine whether parents' decisions are in their children's best interest. The treaty 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.

    United Nations' threat: No more parental rights
     
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    Shouldn't this moved to the Conspiracy section?
     
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    Why? Did you click on the links? 70 republicans signed onto this issue.

    This is the new wedge issue. Does it bother you that I'm telling you what your issues are before you even get prepared to discuss? I'm sure Rush will catch you up next week.

    Just wait, next week you'll start hearing Rush and O'Reilly or Glen Beck "crying" about this issue and how much they love America.
     
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    I agree that this is a leftwing type of treaty (future legislation), but that doesn't mean that Republicans are any more in favor of freedom. They brought us the Patriot Act, wiretaps, and a basic shredding of the Fourth Amendment.


    Both political parties are centered around gaining power at the expense of citizens. This fact is not up for debate.
     
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    it's an actual pending bill.

    thanks for your concern.
     
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    When the UN Human Rights people have managed to stop ACTUAL human rights violations such as female genital mutilation, the slaughter of gays and lesbians in Iran, and ensured that citizens in China actually have free speech, THEN I'll be worried.

    Jesus. Is there any bigger toothless lion (and fake bogeyman) than the UN Human Rights Committee?
     
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    is there something in the water in michigan?
     
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    You know, all those steel plants and auto plants....no telling.
     
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    Next you know they will be whining because most of us don't think 8 year olds should be married.
     
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