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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Parental Rights Amendment proposed to US Senate


The Parental Rights Amendment as proposed by Rep. Pete Hoekstra in House Joint Resolution 42 has now been introduced in the U.S. Senate as well. The companion bill, Senate Joint Resolution 16, was introduced by Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina in May. Currently, Senator DeMint is the only sponsor.

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This amendment is designed to protect the rights of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children by amending the Constitution of the United States.


Kristina said...

Have you ever read the United Nations Act Rights Of The Child? It was put out in the 90's. As Christians we should know this is coming. Basically it is an act that disallows parents from "forcing" their minor children to go to church. If they say no that's it.
To sum it up is says in a nut shell if you impose your viewpoint on your children at all it is abuse and opens the door for the government to remove those said children from their parents home.
I know you like research and this is one that I think would really interest you.

Unknown said...

This has no chance of passing.

Concerned West Bend Citizen said...

@ Kristina:

Please do your homework. The purpose of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is not to equate parents imposing viewpoints on children as "abuse". As summarized here it is meant to provide children civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, and sets out in detail what every child needs to have a safe, happy and fulfilled childhood.

Who would disagree with that?

Particular to your concerns as "Christians", note Article 14:

Article 14
1. States Parties shall respect the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

2. States Parties shall respect the rights and duties of the parents and, when applicable, legal guardians, to provide direction to the child in the exercise of his or her right in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child.

3. Freedom to manifest one's religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health or morals, or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.

Finally, please note that this is the most widely ratified international human rights instrument.

As some might say, "think of the children!"

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milowent said...

if a parent wanted to teach their children by resolving that it be forbidden that they learn to read (though they can learn things orally), would this amendment protect that?

the amendment also does not protect the rights of a child to an education - the child is also a U.S. citizen with rights. hell, even children in the womb have a sliding scale of rights after viability under the much-maligned roe v. wade, yet this amendment provides NO protection to the rights of the child!

the amendment seems to adopt a "strict scrutiny" standard for review of all regulations regarding education. what the courts would do with this is completely unpredictable.

Tamsin said...

Stumbled across this blog whilt searching for book excerpts and after reading some on here I have actually added a few books to my reading list for the summer...Thanks, I'll be recomending them to all my school friends =)

Kristina said...

Really? Do you a copy of the entire act? I do I have read the whole thing. Fine print included. You take on it is not surprising but I did my homework over 10 years when I contracted our state reps when one of our reps supported it. By the way, I was a registered Republican at the time. My church in Milwaukee was talking about it regularly.
So it is you that needs to do yo homework and get a copy of the ENTIRE act. It may even open your eyes.

Unknown said...

Let's see here. One person comes here and actually cites articles from the act itself, provides a link to the act itself, and presents a reasoned argument based on these links, while the other just says, I've read it and I know it better than you cause I'm a republican and go to church.

Yeah, thanks but no thanks Kristina, I don't believe in blind faith. Until you can actually present a reasoned argument backed with citations from the act itself supporting your position why should I believe what you've said is anything more than just simply an opinion backed up by zero facts?

Kristina said...

Let me clarify. I was a republican than. I am not now. She cited excerpts and sure provided a link. I looked at the link. It does not provide the same info that was sent to me years ago. Including comments from people on both sides of the issue and everything.
I am not asking you to believe with blind faith. Just providing info so one can research it in it's ENTIRITY. Not a little bit. Get a hard copy of it yourself including all the follow up discussions and amendments made to it. You will see for yourself.
That's all I ask.

Anonymous said...

Whether Kristina is correct or not, it's still insanity.
If you don't want your kids to read it don't let them, but in all honesty by doing this you are deciding for other parents what their children can read. I am within the age that those books are aimed at and my parents would never stop me reading them and I KNOW that my friends parents wouldn't either. Teenagers need things like this to make them feel normal, Bermudez triangle for example for a young girl (or boy as the case may be) would help a hell of a lot if they were confused about feeling that they were having for someone of te same sex as them, and this book demonstrates in the least graphic way possible that it is okay. Yet you are trying to make it less available to teenagers. This just seems silly in my opinion and I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that.