The Parental Rights Fight

“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.

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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.

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Comments

  1. GREAT POST! ParentalRights.org is such a great organization helping spread truth to all. I love the way they identify issues and help get people involved….and they make it EASY! Our Constitution…our Decl of Ind…..our children need to know them. We sat with a 9th grader in our front yard last night…and asked him what he knew about either….he had no answers….no comments…he just remembered they had ‘reviewed them quickly’ in 8th grade, but did not really know what they were about. BUT, he could tell us a ton about Evolution and what he was learning in Biology about Evolution. It was a great discussion, as we gave this amazing boy….a lot to think about! Blessings and again, thank you for the way you help spread inspiration to all!

  2. This is such a great article. Tell your husband he can write for us any time!

  3. This is such a critical issue! Thank you for talking about it here. People must be informed of the seriousness of this threat to our parental rights.

  4. So since our fundamental right to parent is already established, how will an Amendment to the Constitution better our rights that we already have. The amendment will have to define our rights and by doing so, some rights will be eliminated. I strongly oppose ratifying any amendment that attempts to define our rights. The only rights we do NOT have currently are to neglect or abuse our children. Do you really want someone to limit your rights by defining your rights?

    • This makes no sense, if you stop and think about it. If I declare that you have the right to eat, does that mean that you no longer have the right to sleep? Of course not! Specifying that we DO have a particular right does NOT eliminate all others. And just in case anyone should attempt to follow through on that line of thinking, despite all logic to the contrary, the Constitution itself specifically spells out that this is not the case. (“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”)

      If you really are interested in knowing how this would impact us legally, and aren’t just trying to shoot things down, I really encourage you to visit parentalrights.org and read what they have to say; there is a lot more information there than in this single blog post.

      If we wait until we have completely LOST our rights, it will be much, much more difficult to regain them, than it is to preserve/protect them now.

  5. Thank you for sharing this! I didn’t know about this at all, and I am glad I do now. I signed up for email alerts from them, signed the petition and emailed 3 of my states congressmen. I also shared this on Facebook as well, and I will post this in my blog too. I hope we can stop this attack on our rights as parents!

  6. Thanks, Gerald, for getting the word out. This should be of grave concern for all parents – not just homeschoolers! I’m so thankful for organizations like HSLDA and Parental Rights who are standing up for what is right.

  7. @Kim – Isn’t it great that the First Amendment doesn’t work the way you say the Parental Rights Amendment would? Our fundamental right to free speech would be eliminated by the First Amendment’s attempt to define it. I have to admit, I’m really glad you’re mistaken about how that works. The problem for parental rights is that the Supreme Court’s latest ruling on the subject called parental rights “fundamental,” but refrained from applying the strict scrutiny legal protection accorded to all other fundamental rights. This Amendment will restore that legal protection. Right now, parental rights are “fundamental rights” in name only. You asked “how will an Amendment to the Constitution better our rights that we already have?” By re-establishing this strict scrutiny legal protection. You also claim “the only rights we do not currently have are to neglect or abuse our children.” Unfortunately, this is just not true anymore. Try getting medical test results on your 14-year-old daughter, or opting a child out of an offensive assembly in their public school (doesn’t apply to homeschoolers, I know, but this applies to most of the country). We don’t have the freedoms our parents had to do what is best for our own children.

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