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-Will UN Treaty Override Parental Authority?

by Dr. D ~ January 14th, 2009

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Link to original article from OneNewsNow.com.

The treaty was originally written by the UN ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child’ nearly 20 years ago and was signed by President Clinton in 1995. However, it has never been ratified by the Senate for very good reasons. Although the the Clinton administration submitted and favored the treaty, the Senate declined to ratify it because of concerns that it might override hundreds of state laws already in place protecting parental rights.

According to a number of sources, the Obama administration will submit the treaty once more for a Senate vote sometime this year. Michael Farris, chancellor of Patrick Henry College, says that if the treaty is ratified it could override all the state laws protecting parental rights:

“The biggest problem with this treaty is that we replace American law [developed] by our elected officials with international law that is governed by a board of 18 child’s rights experts in Geneva.”

Here’s a link to more info about the treaty. Some of the provisions in the treaty are very good–restricting child labor, the involvement of children in military conflicts, the sale of children, child slavery, child prostitution, and child pornography.

Response: The problem with the treaty is that it replaces the parents with the government as the ultimate authority in  raising and educating children.

There is considerable concern among Christians that the treaty could be used in the future to outlaw religious instruction of children. It seems rather far fetched, but many believe that the treaty would lay the foundation for later laws which could restrict parents in teaching their own children about God or even taking then to church.

Once the treaty becomes the law of the land, here is one scenario many are concerned about—children in public schools would be informed by their teachers that their parents had no right to force them to do things they rather not do and to report any such incidences.

If a child told his teacher that he sometimes didn’t want to go to Sunday School or say prayers before going to bed, how would the teacher respond–what if the teacher was an atheist and turned it in to the authorities? What if the case administrator or judge were secular humanists with little regard for religion? What would happen to the child and the family?

What if the government decided that it would be better for the well being of children to let them decide for themselves what religion -if any- they will follow–restricting the rights of parents to raise their children in their own faith? 

It seems like a long shot now, but lots of stuff I thought I’d never see in my life time has already begun to happen.

Who would have ever thought that those who support traditional marriage would ever be considered ‘bigots’ and evil doers standing in the way and blocking the civil rights of others–but that is how many of us who supported Prop 8 in California are being cast in the main stream media.            *Top

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3 Responses to -Will UN Treaty Override Parental Authority?

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  2. Sridharaya

    my God, i thought you were going to chip in with some decisive insght at the end there, not leave it with ?we leave it to you to decide?.

  3. Dale & Patti Hanson

    As parents and grandparents, we go through the trials of birthing, nurturing, developing, schooling and raising our children. This is how we know each child as individuals, and each one differs, requiring various thought processes in our attention to them. Our govenrments wouldn’t take the time or effort with this and would place them all in the same “box”. There is no way parents should or could turn their own flesh and blood, or adoptive treasures over to a system who can’t even figure out what it is that they should do with themselves or our country!!!!!!! Parents and families who know best must always have authority over their own children and discern how they are to be governed in their lives.

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