Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Obama Begins Pushing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Today the US amabassador to the UN, Susan Rice, announced that the Obama administration would begin work on passing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Obama administration is reviving efforts to have the United States sign onto a global children's rights treaty ratified by every U.N. member except the U.S. and Somalia, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said Monday.

Administration officials are actively discussing "when and how it might be possible to join," Rice, a Cabinet-level official, said while visiting a school in Harlem and fielding a teenager's specific question about the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.
This is something Barbara Boxer has been working hard to pass since the beginnign of the year. It is an international treaty that will undermine the ability of parents to direct the upbringing of their own children. Bob Lewis of the Dakota Voice summarized the threat well when he said...
This convention would undermine parental rights by providing a platform to emancipate children from the authority of their parents. Of course, parents will be expected to provide all the needs of their children…and all the wants of their children. If children want something, and the almighty state agrees they should have it, then the parents will have to dance. And if the parents feel the need to spank or otherwise strongly discipline an unruly child, the parent will quickly find that they are acriminal. They will quickly find that the child, and the child’s guardian (the state), are in charge in the home.
Please call the White House comment line (202-456-1111) and your U.S. Senators (202-224-3121) and tell them that you support parental rights and oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

To find a detailed analysis of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, please check out this article by Michael Farris.

3 comments:

tapestryofgrace said...

I spent 14 years working with Mike Farris at HSLDA and I'm doing what I can to protect parental rights and promote this amendment. Thank you for posting this!

shellyweese said...

I am an early childhood educator, a mother of one, and a graduate student. I have been researching the Convention on the Rights of the Child. At face value it seemed like a good idea so I decided to find out exactly what people would have against it. I found many people had the same concerns. They believed that the convention will take away the rights of parents. They believe that it will allow children to run wild and parents will be able to do nothing about it. As a mother, this was a great concern to me so I read the convention for myself at this url: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/crc.htm

I found that many concerns are merely misconceptions spread by people who have not actually read the convention in full.

Though I'm sure that Mr.Deutshe has read this convention in full, I urge all of you to read it for yourselves, and it may clear up a few things for you. You may find that you have an interpretation that is entirely different from Mr. Deutshe. Either that, or you could let someone else tell you what to think, and ignorantly think yourself enlightened because you have read an opinion article. The choice is yours, citizen. I choose to be informed.

VASocialConservative said...

shelleyweese,

If you read some of the things this treaty does that I have highlighted in my following articles, this isn't a matter of interpretation. The negative impacts of this treaty are based on how it is already being applied and statements by the UN.