This guest post commentary is by Karen Miner Hurd, a long time proponent of homeschooling and Parental Rights. Think your homeschool rights are assured because you live in the United States of America? Think again!
UN Treaty Threatens US Homeschoolers
Impoverished children sold into sexual slavery by their parents. Disabled children denied medical care because they belong to the wrong social caste. Pictures of starving children in countries torn apart by strife fill our social media feeds and televisions, tear at our hearts . The world should stand against such evil! Who will bring a renegade dictator to justice? Who will make sure that the innocent do not suffer?
The cry is heard by an international human rights organization. Documentaries and fundraising appeals reach into our homes. An international treaty to end such injustice is proposed.
Bad Legislation never seems evil. It often sounds like a good idea. Like Satan who masquerades as an angel of light, the U.N. International Rights of the Child Treaty (I.R.C.) seems to address the needs of impoverished or abused children in the world. At first glance, no one would deny an innocent child justice, medical care, or a future.
However the International Rights of the Child Treaty, does far more than merely correct a horrible injustice. It puts the children of every country who ratifies the treaty under the authority, not of their parents, or even the local magistrates, but under the authority of the United Nations. The I.R.C. does far more than “describe the rights” of children, it destroys the very authority and protective structure of the family that is ordained by God.
In describing nature of governmental force, American Statesman Daniel Webster once said ,
“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
The International Rights of the Child Treaty, if ratified in the United States will make wards of a foreign government, and parents merely caretakers of their offspring.
Original article From WND Education’s Website:
DEMINT: U.N. TREATY THREATENS U.S. HOMESCHOOLERS
In the past few weeks, two proposed United Nations treaties failed to advance. The small-arms treaty failed at the U.N. while opponents of the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) amassed enough votes to block it in the U.S. Senate.
Now, Sen. Jim DeMint,R-S.C., says another U.N. treaty that threatens American sovereignty has been put back on the table by foreign diplomats and their internationalist allies in the federal government. It’s called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Disabled, which calls for government agents to supersede the authority of parents of disabled children and even covers abortion.
Proponents, including many Republicans, claim it will help to expand rights and opportunities for disabled people in all nations, but DeMint isn’t buying it.
“When you look at the language in the treaty you realize there are other things at stake here. A lot of language in there that has nothing to do with disabilities and that is likely to push the U.S. toward more international law,” DeMint told WND.
DeMint says the language of the treaty suggests it will promote abortion and chip away at parental rights — particularly the rights of homeschooling parents.
“Homeschoolers are up in arms. We already have some judges in our country that are using international law to change our laws.
“We’re afraid that if the language suggests that parental authority is not absolute, we’re going to have an international body telling our parents they can’t homeschool.”
The senator says the U.S. is by far the most accommodating nation in the world for people with disabilities and he sees no need to sign this or most other U.N.treaties because it can only erode American sovereignty.
“We’re well entangled at this point, we don’t need another treaty.”
DeMint explains what he thinks supporters of the treaty are missing and how he thinks a Senate vote on the treaty would go if it were held today.
“America needs to be the model of the world. We need to be the light rather than trying to submit ourselves to other nations.”
BIO: Karen Miner Hurd is known for her fierce dedication to liberty and truth. In 2009, Karen was one of thousands of Americans who sponsored Tea Party rallies. She is the Founder of the Hampton Roads Tea Party (VA), one of the co-founders of the Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation, and the Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Virginia Tea Party Alliance PAC. In 2010, Karen was honored to share the Heritage Foundation’s Salvatori Award for Citizenship with her fellow leaders of the Tea Party Movement. Karen has spent the last year as the Development Coordinator for two U.S. Senate primary campaigns. Karen and her husband Dale are the parents of 5 children all whom have been homeschooled . She has owned a wellness coaching business, WomanWize since 1996.