Parental rights have been challenged over the years and we have all heard of famous child actors 'divorcing' their parents because their parents had no self-control when it came to their child's piggy-bank. I can just hear Gary Coleman when he found out his parents bled his bank account dry; "Whatchyoutalkin'boutWillis"? McCauley Culkin as well as Lindsey Lohan have both appeared in court to rid themselves of their parents. What about the rest of us? Are we in danger of losing our parental rights? Short answer: YES.
A little history might be in order here, and I'll try to be brief. We all know that the United States is part of the United Nations. Back in 1994, the United Nations introduced the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child treaty or UNCRC for short. It was introduced as a way to secure individual rights to children 17 and under. At first glance, that may sound like a good idea. Look closer though, and you'll see what kind of havoc something of this nature can bring to families all over the world, not just the United States.
From the Department for Education website, it explains in a bit more detail what the treaty would grant to children:
The convention gives children and young people over 40 substantive rights, including the right to:
- special protection measures and assistance
- access to services such as education and healthcare
- develop their personalities, abilities and talents to the fullest potential
- grow up in an environment of happiness, love and understanding
- be informed about and participate in achieving their rights in an accessible and active manner
Not only does this treaty threaten parental rights, it threatens something else almost as sacred; United States sovereignty. Basically, by ratifying this and other treaties to the US Constitution, we would be allowing a United Nations committee to decide what is in the best interest of the child. Ugh. Want to get even more fired up? Read this list of 20 things you need to know about the UNCRC. If that doesn't get your 'hackles up', I don't know what will.
Now, as if this wasn't bad enough, there is yet another treaty out there, looming on the horizon. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. It's the same as the UNCRC, but worse. Again, it makes the UN the governing body and shares the same structure as the UNCRC, except this time about persons who are disabled.
The reason I'm sharing this information is because I subscribe to Parental Rights e-blasts and this week, they sent out an email saying that Senate hearings for the UNCRPD were going to be held in the Senate and called to a vote after another hearing, set for November 19, 2013. Translation: call your Senators and tell them a 'no' vote is in order.
Parental Rights.org and President of Parental Rights, Michael Farris have thankfully gotten out in front of this fight and he has drafted The Parental Rights Amendment; a House version and a Senate version. They still need cosponsors (Senators and Congressmen to add their signatures) for the bills in both houses, so if you are inclined to help make that happen, visit their website to learn more about what you can do.
Let me say this; parental rights are paramount. This makes me angry because I can't believe we are even having this conversation. Take a look around, though. We have continuously surrendered our freedoms to unelected bureaucrats and state agencies. Thing is guys, the United Nations has no business coming between me and my children. I don't know about you, but I say enough is enough.