The UN's CRC ~ Bad News for US Families

Imagine your 10 year old coming home from school and announcing that he'd like to start going to church with his friend instead of with your family.  You ask him which church, he tells you, and you immediately recognize that the church he'd like to attend teaches things that are radically different from your family's values and beliefs...so you tell him that he is not allowed to go to church with that friend.


Conversation over?

Now imagine that son of yours telling his buddy that he can't go because his mom and dad said he couldn't.  That little friend's parent over-hears the conversation.

And the next thing you know...officials are on your doorstep informing you that you MUST allow little Johnny to go to that church and if you don't that more suitable living situations will be found for your child.

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Now imagine your 13 year old wanting to watch a movie that all her friends are raving about, but that you don't think is suitable for a young girl to watch.  Your daughter is very upset about it, and she talks to her school counselor about it.

There are those pesky officials agin...telling you that your daughter must have access to any and all mass media that is appropriate for her.  AND that you, as her parent, don't get to decide what's appropriate.

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Imagine your two year old reaching across the shopping cart and pulling his sister's hair.  She screeches in protest.  You slap the two year old's hand and say "No!".   A nearby shopper is watching, and calls the authorities.  The police meet you as you're leaving the store to inform you that "corporal punishment" is against your child's human rights and that you are now at risk of losing your children.

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Your son plays for the school's football team, and they have a big game coming up.  Your agreement with him has always been that he can play ONLY if he gets B's or better on his school work.  Two days before the big game, he comes home with a C.  It's heartbreaking for you, but you feel it's important that you stick to your guns and tell him that he must be benched until his grades come up.  He's furious...he begs...he pleads...he bargains.  You stand your ground for the sake of his important education.  

Your son's coach is mad too.  He calls the officials to review your son's case, and you're informed that you had not made a decision that was in your son's "best interest", and that he will be playing in the game.  Period.

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This all sounds ridiculous doesn't it?  Like a nightmare?  Well, these imaginary situations can (and likely will) become reality if President Obama ratifies the United Nations Children's Human Rights Treaty, called the "Convention on the Rights of the Child" or CRC.  These types of situations are not mentioned specifically in the document, but it opens the door wide to these types of invasions.

Folks, we MUST let our representatives know that we do not want this treaty ratified in the United States.  It might seem like a long shot that this kind of thing could become the law of the land, but consider this: EVERY nation except Somalia and the US has ratified it, and President Obama is considering ratification.

Want more info?

Website: "The Threat from International Treaty Law", ParentalRights.org

Luke –   – (2/12/2009 10:16:00 AM)  

Why is it that this administration believes in children's rights once they are born, but the parents have all the rights before they are born. Ironic, I think.

Angie  – (2/12/2009 12:31:00 PM)  

I feel sick right now thinking about this. Thanks for doing this post...I put a link from mine...hope that's okay. I just think everyone should know.

Mel  – (2/12/2009 02:51:00 PM)  

I am so glad to see this on your blog...I did a VLOG on this very thing on Tuesday.

Alli Worthington { @fussypants }  – (2/12/2009 09:51:00 PM)  

Great post. Thanks for sharing!

Allison Worthington
Founder BlissfullyDomestic.com

Esther Marie  – (2/12/2009 11:02:00 PM)  

It is one of the saddest things in my life, a tragedy that I struggle with every day, that middle class America so often can’t see far enough past its own front door to reach out a helping hand to those who need us most. I understand that you perceive the ratification of CRC to be an infringement on your rights as a parent. I would ask you to rise above that fear long enough to open your hearts to the people who are truly in need of protection.

Please acknowledge that ratification of the CRC has no effect on domestic law. It isn’t a domestic policy. The “officials” you speak of would continue to be subject to the constitution of the United States of America, just as would be any other citizen.

As I’m sure you’ve found in your research, the CRC indicates a commitment on the part of the federal government to protect children from human rights abuses, and compliance is monitored by report to a multinational panel of experts, the Committee on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF is not coming for you, or for me. UNICEF is asking governments to report on their progress in abolishing forced marriage, trafficking, child labor and all kinds of abuses of the world's most vulnerable population. I wish I could say these problems don’t exist in the United States, or that they would go away if we ignored them, but I don’t believe that they will. And it breaks my heart that people who are privileged to live in safe situations, whose children are safe, continue to perceive this effort on the part of UNICEF to be a threat to our way of life.

This international treaty isn’t about us. It isn’t about homes like yours, or even like mine. It’s about making the world a better place for kids. And I believe that the fact that the United States is alone among Western nations in refusing to sign it reflects poorly on our willingness to care for our brothers and sisters in need.

Daiquiri  – (2/13/2009 08:57:00 AM)  

I agree with you, Esther. This isn't about us or homes like mine, and that's precisely the reason that it is neither necessary nor wise to open the door to international law dictating how we parent. We already have laws protecting children. Forced child marriage, child prostitution, etc. are already addressed by our laws.

If we ratify this lay, every one of us will be affected. At a bare minimum, we will be "registering" our children as they are born...presumably so that they can be kept track of by the "multinational panel of experts" that you refer to.

No thanks.

UNICEF might not be coming for me...now. And if they did right now? I would have a leg to stand on. If we ratify this thing...I'm simply at their mercy and their judgement about what's best for my kids.

Again, no thanks.

There are ways to reach out and "help our brothers and sisters in need" that do not put my personal liberties at risk.

Becky  – (2/13/2009 11:41:00 AM)  

Esther,

After reading your comment, I can clearly see your intelligence and compassion for "the least of these." I'm right there with you. I just do not believe that handing over my liberty or my ability to protect my own children is the right answer for addressing those problems.

I have to humbly disagree with this statement:
Please acknowledge that ratification of the CRC has no effect on domestic law. It isn’t a domestic policy. The “officials” you speak of would continue to be subject to the constitution of the United States of America, just as would be any other citizen.

The truth is, if this treaty is ratified, it will become international law and will trump domestic law and our constitution.

It is naive to believe we can just hand over our Liberty and trust the international community to not abuse it. Or to give them the right to have any say at all in how we fund our national defense. You are confident that that power will not be abused, how do you know?

Because we have been in the adoption process for the last two years, I've paid attention to the country of Liberia. Some of the most horrible crimes against children- little girls trading sex for food- has come from UN officials. I don't trust the UN.

My husband is a veteran, my grandfather and uncle are veterans, and I am sickened at the thought of handing over our sovereignty and liberty in especially something so precious as the right to parent and protect my babies.

Patrick  – (2/13/2009 02:35:00 PM)  

Esther,
Two things: First, treaties signed by the United States BECOME the law of the land per our Constitution. See Missouri v Holland (circa 1920) for just such a scenario. (For those who don't want to look it up, it was a case about a treaty with Canada in reference to migratory bird hunting. The end result was that the treaty changed how and when we can hunt.)
Second: If the "international treaty isn't about us", why in the world would we sign it?? It IS about us & our liberty. I like how Daiquiri gave different scenarios about what could happen should we ratify this treaty. That's exactly what would happen. Don't be so naive as to think it wouldn't & that this treaty is just about the poor, abused, third world kids. It's about power - global power. The kids are just a tool the treaty is using to get it.

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. -$100

Craig and Bethany  – (2/16/2009 01:21:00 AM)  

Great posting, and good spirited dialogue. Thanks!

Lori  – (2/20/2009 06:31:00 PM)  

That is very alarming, and since I've started to avoid the news at all costs I had no idea. Thanks for an informative post!

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