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Shackled

by Res Peters (01.05.09)

67. The number of Senate votes that will irrevocably transfer to the UN your parental rights to raise your children. With likely sixty democrat seats and Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, her life work of shackling parents to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is within her grasp this year. Michael Farris reveals her strategy and our only hope to thwart it if we each act quickly.

Dear Friend of Parental Rights,

I was in the United States Senate this past week meeting with lawyers for a Senate office. They told me directly what I have been hearing indirectly on a regular basis ever since the election.

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.

Please read "20 Things You Need to Know" at the end of this article to see a succinct summary of the problems with this UN 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.

Our situation is grim if we were to look only at the position of the elected officials.

However, recent post-election polling demonstrates that almost 70% of Americans do not believe that the use of international law in American courts on such matters is appropriate. Less than 20% favor the use of international law. (The rest are undecided). Virtually every sub-group in America opposes this kind of use of international law.

America is on our side. However, we have to be able to get the word out to help people hear the truth about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Our proposed Parental Rights Amendment will permanently stop this treaty. So we have a one-two punch planned for the internationalists.

First, we must build a huge grassroots movement of patriotic Americans who believe that good families should be able to raise their children without worrying about compliance with international law.

Second, these same grassroots forces need to convince our elected officials that we are not content with defeating this treaty for today alone. We insist on a permanent solution. We need the Parental Rights Amendment.

I need you to do two things to help this become a reality. First, please send a copy of this letter to everyone you know who believes in parental rights and American patriotism.

Second, we need to raise a war chest to get prepared to launch a massive grassroots campaign. The other side has millions of dollars left in their campaign coffers, and they have the President of the United States, the Secretary of State and all the media waiting to carry their message.

We can win the debate because we have the truth on our side. And we have public opinion. But we won't win if we can't reach people.

Will you please make as big a gift as you can to Parentalrights.org?

Here is what they are saying about us. At the hearing which featured Barbara Boxer, one of the speakers said that the people who will oppose this treaty are the "narcissistic sovereignty crowd." In other words, those who love America first are so guilty of excessive self-love that he describes us as having the mental illness of narcissism.

This is their real heart. Not only do they want international law to control our families. They think that we are mentally ill for loving America.

It is time for those of us who believe in loving our families and loving America to rise up! We will not surrender this country or our children to such people.

Get involved today! The battle is about to begin.

For God, family, and America,

Michael Farris
President
Parentalrights.org.

Sign the petition for the Parental Rights Amendment at ParentalRights.org. Forward this letter posted at chois.org.


RES PETERS is the State Director of Testing for the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators. She resides with her husband, Barry, in Eagle, Idaho where they have home educated their two post-collegiate daughters through high school.

A Word from King David
When confronted by an open and powerful conspiracy

But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD;
      I say, "You are my God."
My times are in Your hand;
      Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
      And from those who persecute me.
Make Your face shine upon Your servant;
      Save me for Your mercies' sake.
Do not let me be ashamed, O LORD, for I have called upon You;
      Let the wicked be ashamed;
      Let them be silent in the grave.
Let the lying lips be put to silence,
      Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the
      righteous.

Oh, how great is Your goodness,
      Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
      Which You have prepared for those who trust in You
      In the presence of the sons of men!
You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence
      From the plots of man;
      You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion
      From the strife of tongues.

Blessed be the LORD,
      For He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city!
For I said in my haste,
      "I am cut off from before Your eyes";
      Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications
      When I cried out to You.

Oh, love the LORD, all you His saints!
      For the LORD preserves the faithful,
      And fully repays the proud person.
Be of good courage,
      And He shall strengthen your heart,
      All you who hope in the LORD.
Psalm 31

20 Things You Need to Know

Ten things you need to know about the substance of the CRC.

  1. Parents would no longer be able to administer reasonable spankings to their children.
  2. 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.
  3. Children would have the ability to choose their own religion while parents would only have the authority to give their children advice about religion.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. According to existing interpretation, it would be illegal for a nation to spend more on national defense than it does on children's welfare.
  7. Children would acquire a legally enforceable right to leisure.
  8. Teaching children about Christianity in schools has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
  9. Allowing parents to opt their children out of sex education has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
  10. Children would have the right to reproductive health information and services, including abortions, without parental knowledge or consent.

Ten things you need to know about the structure of the CRC.

  1. It is a treaty which creates binding rules of law. It is no mere statement of altruism.
  2. Its effect would be binding on American families, courts, and policy-makers.
  3. Children of other nations would not be impacted in any direct way by our ratification.
  4. The CRC would automatically override almost all American laws on children and families because of our Supremacy Clause.
  5. The CRC has some elements that are self-executing, while others would require implementing legislation. Federal courts would have the power to determine which provisions were self-executing.
  6. The Courts would have the power to directly enforce the provisions that are self-executing.
  7. Congress would have the power to directly legislate on all subjects necessary to comply with the treaty. This would constitute the most massive shift of power from the states to the federal government in American history.
  8. A committee of 18 experts from other nations, sitting in Geneva, has the authority to issue official interpretations of the treaty which are entitled to binding weight in American courts and legislatures. This effectively transfers ultimate authority for all policies in this area to this foreign committee.
  9. Under international law, the treaty overrides even our Constitution.
  10. Reservations, declarations, or understandings intended to modify our duty to comply with this treaty will be void if they are determined to be inconsistent with the object and purpose of the treaty.

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