“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
The preamble of our constitution sets the tone for the entire document. The words “insure domestic Tranquility” and “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” are for each of us as individuals and as parents.
They are the foundational freedom for parents to conceive, love, raise, teach, discipline, and instruct their children free from governmental interference. For more than a hundred years the right of parents to raise their children as they saw fit, was a fundamental right, honored and protected by all three branches of our government. However in recent years there has been a movement by state legislatures, the courts, and congress to erode our rights as parents.
The single biggest threat to parents right now is the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the UN is pushing all member nations to ratify. The CRC Treaty consists of 54 articles which spell out what members of the Convention believe are the rights of a child, ranging from the “right to live” to the “right to privacy from parents.” But to understand why this treaty is so dangerous, we must first turn to our Constitution to understand how treaties affect our laws and protections.
Our Constitution gives a very high value to the treaties into which our country enters. Article VI, paragraph 2 states: “all Treaties made, or shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby.” In short, any mandate of a treaty takes precedent over all state and federal laws, including rights and protections in our Constitution. Passing the UNCRC would take away many rights and freedoms we currently enjoy, and we would be giving governing authority of our freedoms to the international community.
For an article-by-article review of the UNCRC go to www.parentalrights.org where you will find a complete listing of the provisions and how they will affect you.
Each year the UNCRC Treaty is debated by the U.S. Senate and at this time is still being discussed in committee. Since its inception, Parentalrights.org has worked to keep the Senate from ratifying this treaty, and so far they have succeeded.
Right now Parentalrights.org is working in several different ways to secure permanent protection for the rights of parents in America; through raising public awareness of the dangers of the UNCRC, by pushing for a constitutional amendment to protect parents, and by asking state legislatures to support the constitutional amendment, with the main goal being to have the Parental Rights Amendment ratified and added to the Constitution. The purpose of the Parental Rights Amendment would be to protect your rights as the parent and to prevent the Government from giving those rights away should the UNCRC Treaty be adopted. Parentalrights.org is making great strides in each of these areas.
To help motivate Congress to pass the Parental Rights Amendment and send it to the States to be ratified, Parentalrights.org is attempting to have 40 State Legislatures pass a resolution urging Congress to pass the Amendment. Louisiana, South Dakota, and Nevada have already passed resolutions, and efforts are underway in another 43 states.
Parentalrights.org is also trying to raise public awareness to the dangers of the UNCRC and promote the Parental Rights Amendment through a documentary called The Child. This compelling 94 minute film covers many of the issues the UNCRC would create for parents if it were to be adopted, tells the heartbreaking stories of several families who have endured government interference in our current system, and then introduces the Parental Rights Amendment and details to the process of getting an amendment to the Constitution ratified.
Parentalrights.org has conducted more than 1,200 screenings of The Child at churches and community centers across the country and on March 7th, two Christian cable stations aired The Child. The current goal is to reach 3,000 viewings by the end of 2011, and Parentalrights.org is looking for more venues to show The Child. There is a listing of screenings already scheduled on the Parentalrights website.
Parentalrights.org is doing a great job fighting for the rights of parents and families, but they need your help. They need more people to go to www.parentalrights.org and sign their petition to Congress in support of the Parental Rights Amendment. They also need concerned citizens to write and call their local representatives and senators to let them know this is important to the parents. And they need more venues to show The Child. Volunteer churches and community centers are needed for screenings so the goal of 3,000 by the end of the year can be achieved.
With Parentalrights.org and other groups like it leading the way, and with your help, the Parental Rights Amendment will be ratified.
Gerald Stunkel is the husband of our regular contributor Alicia The Snowflake and together they homeschool their 13 year old son. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, with a degree in Political Science, Pre-Law. In 1988, he served in Washington, DC, as a Legislative Intern for Congressman Charlie Rose. Gerald loves studying history and the U.S. Constitution. Currently he owns and operates a small trucking company with his parents. He also writes in his spare time and is working on a novel based on his experience as an intern.