Friday, June 19, 2009

Parental Rights: The Final Stage

My dear readers,

This is it.

You have no doubt read my thoughts on this subject. Perhaps you agreed, perhaps you were annoyed. To me, it really doesn't matter. What I ask of you now, however, is to at least give me a few moments of your time. What I have to say may be offensive to some, but I refuse to not say it. To start off, please read PRO founder Michael Farris's words, penned today:

Dear Supporter of Parental Rights,

Three major developments—all of them ominous—have occurred in the last several days.

1. On June 1 and 2, Georgetown University Law School hosted a two-day symposium entitled “The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC): Why It Is Time to Ratify.”

This well-funded conference was held to organize a new coalition effort by American internationalists to seek ratification of the UN child’s rights treaty.

2. In the second week of June, a major study was released by the British education ministry calling for dramatically dangerous increases in the regulation of homeschoolers in that nation.

This study concludes that the UN CRC requires that the government enter every homeschooling home and privately interview each homeschooling child to determine “the child’s wishes” regarding his or her education.

3. On June 17, at the UN headquarters in Geneva, the UN’s Human Rights Committee—which oversees all human rights treaties—announced that it was forming a committee to draft a new “protocol” for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Under this new addition to the CRC, individual children would be able to file a formal legal complaint if they believe that their rights had been violated. It would give this new international tribunal the right to determine if the child’s treaty rights had been violated by any person.

The internationalists believe that this is their moment in history.

They have millions of dollars in their coffers. They have the support of the media. They have the powers of government. They have the entire apparatus of the United Nations.

We have some assets as well.

Our arguments resonate with the American people—the vast majority of Americans believe that Americans should make our own domestic laws and that parents, not government, should make decisions for children.

Leaders at the Georgetown conference publicly admitted that logic and facts will not defeat our arguments. What do they plan to do?

They plan to use emotional arguments. They said so in open public sessions.

At the Georgetown conference, the UN officials and other foreign experts were constantly censored by their American handlers. Why? Because these foreign experts acknowledge that this treaty would be supreme over American law.

The American child’s rights propaganda machine denies that we would forfeit American sovereignty—even though they do not have the legal arguments to back their rhetoric. They did everything they could to silence their guest speakers when they strayed from the sanitized version of their message.
We are in a race. It is a race for the future of the American family and American self-government.

The question is: Will the lies of the internationalists be heard by more Americans than the truth of those who believe in families?

I wish that I could look each person reading this right in the eyes. It is incredibly difficult for written words to explain how serious this situation really is.

The real battle is being fought right now. Our opponents are preparing for a vote in the Senate sometime ahead—as soon as they feel they have laid the groundwork for victory.

Because the internationalists possess the reins of government, have millions of dollars at their disposal, and have powerful allies in the mainstream media, they can build momentum much faster than we are able to do.

We have to get our message out to others and we have to do it today.

I have been leading grassroots political efforts for over thirty years. Without any fear of contradiction, I can tell you that we are going to win or lose the battle over the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the next few months. The key to victory lies in the stage of preparation. [emphasis mine]

>Will we have adequate preparation to win?

The annual budget of is less than $500,000. They have millions and millions of dollars at their disposal.

We must raise money right now to employ professionals who can help us get our message out in the media.

We must also raise money right now to employ experienced people to work the halls of Capitol Hill on our behalf.

I cannot do these things alone. We have to have a quality team if we expect to stop the combined power of Geneva, New York, and Washington.

This is the time to decide whether you are willing to take meaningful action.

There are just two tangible things I would ask you to do.

1. Give a gift of $10 or more right now to (PRO). Membership in PRO is just $25 a year. Sustaining membership is just $100. We have to raise a substantial amount of cash or we simply cannot keep up.

2. Please recruit at least three other people to sign up for our online email alerts. We have over 100,000 people who are a part of this team. We need to get to 4,000,000 supporters before the battle starts. We have to dramatically pick-up the pace of recruiting people if we are going to have any hope of beating the other side in the greatest grassroots battle in American history. We need to be doubling our numbers every couple months to get our team in place.

You are the best recruiters we have. Please pick up your phone right now and call a friend and tell them that they need to read the email you are about to send them and that you really need them to become part of the team. This kind of personal attention will work.

In less than two years, American social workers may be in a position to inform all our children that if they have any conflict with their parents over any decisions at all then they can file a formal complaint in an American court to vindicate their international rights. And ultimately, once this new protocol is in place, if they don’t like the outcome from the American courts, there will be a new UN tribunal to hear their complaint.

Moms and dads, we have to get ready. The battle for American liberty is about to begin.

Michael Farris

From: "Child Rights" Forces Mobilize

Some more articles you may find of use:
Human Rights Treaties Are NOT Good for Your Health
UN Treaty Jeopardizes Homeschool Freedom in Britain
International Law versus Army Recruiters

If you read the article, or if you have read, or just now decide to scan my past posts on the subject, you will know exactly what you need to do to act. I do not need to discuss this any further. It is time to choose. It is time for you to pick a side.

I implore you to help us now. What we fight for is the very liberty our great nation was founded upon. If you act now, we may win. It is essential that you do so. If you have put it off this long, please do not continue to do so. You may be busy, sure. I for one will admit that I've done next to nothing in the past month or two, during the lull, being insanely busy. (Technically all I had to work on was cold phone calls, but least I'm back at it with this new work to be done.) Well, today is the day of your decision. You must choose now.

If you choose to act, no matter what the outcome, you will know that you did what you could, and you acted justly. If you do nothing, then your fate will be upon your own head, and the consequences of your inaction will be felt by all. I am quite confident that you will not like the consequences of the UNCRC yourself, even if you aren't enamored with the Parental Rights Amendment. This is it.

This is a war to save the soul of our country. May God be with us now.

I demand that the rights of Americans be not tread upon, and I pledge to fight to stem the tide. All I have to say now is this:




olde.fashioned said...

I guess it's kinda redundant for me to raise my hand, eh? ;-)

Chairman Mo said...

DrPaleo, this is one of the rare occasions where I agrre with you :P. I have no real opinion on how parents should raise their children in the USA - as I am not a US citizen it is none of my business. But I am completely on your side against the UN. I fully believe that every nation should have full sovereignty over its internal affairs, and the UN consistently threatens this. It is built on the same kind of arrogance that I argued against after your post on North Korea and Iran, and the belief that somehow the same policies are right everywhere. Were I an American citizen, I may find myself disagreeing with your views on how to raise children, but I fully support your defence of the sovereignty of the United States over its internal affairs.

Rebecca said...

I must say, I'm a bit confused by all these posts about parental rights. I thought you were all about protecting children (from abortion, teh gay, etc.) - you'd really decline to sign a treaty that would protect children all over the world because you want people to be able to beat their kids and deny them proper education or healthcare? That seems rather counter-intuitive!

Mrs. Brown said...

We stand with you. We are spreading the word to all we know as well. Praying God gives you strength and stamina to continue. Thank you for sharing this.
~ Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Brown said...

We stand with you. We are spreading the word to all we know as well. Praying God gives you strength and stamina to continue. Thank you for sharing this.
~ Mrs. Brown

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Olde: Ah, perhaps. :-)

Mo: *pumps hand* Well, sir, thank you for that. :-) We may disagree on a host of issues, but I am indeed pleased to see that your analysis of this situation, as well as the United Nations in general, appears to be sound. :-D

Rebecca: I can see that you're confused. You possibly have not thoroughly read through the issue, or even my posts about it all. If you really think that the UNCRC will protect children, or educate them, then I must say that you are very mistaken.

"I" want people to beat their kids? "I" want children to be denied education and healthcare? Rebecca, no, it is they who desire this! For any analysis of the issue leads me to the strong conclusion that it is their style of education that will dumb down our children, that it is their style of societies and personal behaviors that will cause ill health, and even abuse.

No, Rebecca, this is about something much bigger. The UN exists pretty much to spread evil in the world, and the Christian community is a thorn in their side. We home-educate our children, take care of their health and souls, and do NOT beat them! (We already take care of our child abusers: do we really need a foreign commission telling us how to do it all now?)

This is an assault on the biblical family, on biblical parenting, and on biblical education. If they can assault homeschooling, they can hurt the church at large (their are few institutions better at creating lost souls than the public school system--I'm excited to read Ken Ham's new book and see what he has to say about all of this). They can attempt to destroy the true America, they can attack all the righteous foundations of our faith made apparent in society, and they will also be in a position to take a blow at the Creation movement (primarily homeschool-based, at least in the new generations).

This is really all about what side you are on...once again. Well, I choose to follow He that died for me, which leads me to fight for his Word down here...which leads me to fight for this amendment, here and now.

Mrs. Brown: God bless you, and thank you so much! I've had some difficulty in getting others to actually spread the word further, so I appreciate any help you can offer! God bless you, Lizzy, and your entire family!


Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

P.S. Rebecca, if you believe that this preposterous treaty will somehow protect the health of children, I must assume that you entirely missed this article:

Rebecca said...

Spencer, you misread me - I don't think you want parents to beat their children or deprive them of education or healthcare, but the treaty would (in theory, if not in practice) make it more difficult for others to do so.

I can't believe that you would be against stronger regulation of homeschooling, for example. I would imagine, at least, that yours would pass - you seem a fairly well-educated person, for the most part - but parents who take advantage of the opportunity to "homeschool" their children while in reality providing no education at all shouldn't be able to fall through the cracks as they currently do. (The treaty doesn't specify public schooling.) Likewise, healthcare - I don't think that you would deprive a child of healthcare, again for the most part, but the treaty would theoretically be a weapon against parents who do.

As for beating - your site mentions that the treaty would deprive parents of the right to "administer reasonable spankings." Who is to determine what is reasonable? Is it not better to err on the side of not allowing corporal punishment at all than to allow child abuse under pretext of discipline?

Yes, I had missed the article. (Thanks for the link.) I find this comment rather telling:
"Even if it were the cure-all that its proponents suggest, the CRC would still not merit the loss of rights to parents or the loss of sovereignty in our states and country that its ratification would cause."
ie. even if the treaty greatly improved children's health, it's not worth losing the power of authoritarian parenting.

Basically, my opinion on the UN is this: it's essentially useless. It's what the League of Nations was in the decade leading up to the Second World War; unlike the LoN, it has an armed force, but since the armed force doesn't really do anything useful, it's no improvement. Its treaties are flagrantly violated even by the countries that bother to sign them, and important committees are dominated by dictatorships and human rights abusers. But I think that the idea that it exists to spread evil or destroy Christianity is ludicrous.

Shorter me: I don't think you actively want people to abuse their children, but I'm surprised that you find allowing abuse more acceptable than cracking down on it at the expense of a little parental authority, especially when in other situations you've shown willing to "protect" children at the expense of others' civil and human rights.

Son3 said...


I am, Spartacus!

America go braugh!

Johann Van De Leeuw said...

I'm with you.
Rebecca, on child abuse I ask you to ponder this quote.
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom, it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." -William Pitt
First, I don't think there are nearly enough child abusers "falling through the cracks" to warrant making homeschooling harder by these despicable laws. Lord knows it's hard enough in some States as it is. Also, even if such a law is required, the UN has no right to pass these laws upon us. The UN cannot pass laws on a Sovereign nation made of Sovereign nations, especially when the people had absolutely no voice in the joining of the UN nor its elections. This is just another globalist plot to deny the citizens of these Sovereign States of America of their constitutional and common liberties.
"you'd really decline to sign a treaty that would protect children all over the world because you want people to be able to beat their kids and deny them proper education or healthcare?"
If that ain't a straw man argument, I've never heard one.

"Put your trust in God, my boys, and keep your powder dry." -Valentine Blacker, Oliver's Advice.