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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sovereignty Narcissism

Do you receive updates from ParentalRights.org? This organization is advocating an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would protect the rights of parents. Why on earth would we need such an amendment? Because U.N. treaties like the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child seek to endow children with rights that would free them from parental influence and Senate Democrats are eager to ratify this treaty

There are at least two alarming difficulties with this: 1. It seeks to subject the sovereignty of the United States to international law, a movement that is already afoot in some pockets of the U.S. courts, and 2. It gives children unreasonable rights that overturn the traditional rights of parents, known for centuries. According to ParentalRights.org, "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."

A recent e-letter update from ParentalRights.org explains:
Those who want to change family policy in America to comply with international law are preparing a full-scale effort to seek ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child during this next Congress. Barbara Boxer recently told a planning group that they intend to use children’s health care as leverage to seek ratification of this UN children’s rights treaty...

...The strength of their forces has been greatly increased with the addition of Hillary Clinton as the nominee for Secretary of State. She will have direct control over the submission of this treaty to the Senate and will acquire the authority under international law to sign any other treaty on any subject.

Hillary Clinton was the person who made the announcement for the Convention on the Rights of the Child when her husband’s administration signed the treaty. Seeking its ratification is a lifelong dream for her.

The letter goes on to say that proponents of ratifying the treaty recently described those of us who might stand in their way as the “narcissistic sovereignty crowd.” In this worldview, the idea of national sovereignty is tarred as some form of narcissism. Whatever you think about parental rights, many Americans bristle at the idea of allowing international law to influence American judicial decisions. It is time to get the word about this out into everyday conversation. I never once saw it as an election issue except when mentioned by HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) and ParentalRights.org.

Many homeschooling parents are keenly aware of this situation, but most Christian parents outside of the homeschooling community are not. This impacts every parent, not just homeschooling parents. Be sure to mention it to your friends.

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