Pennsylvania Legislators Fight United Nations Effort to Strip Parental Rights
From today’s WTF files (with the way things are going, it might become a thing) comes the prolonged fight in Pennsylvania to stop United Nations’ control of your child. According to the American Family Association of Pennsylvania and ParentalRights.org, there’s been an ongoing effort on behalf of globalist liberals to pass the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, a treaty which would allegedly null and void U.S. parental rights. And there’s a state- and nationwide effort to stop this global parenting scheme before it’s too late.
In an interview with World Net Daily, Michael Farris, president of ParentalRights.org, a critic of the CRC, noted: “The left wants to make the Obama-Clinton era permanent. Treaties are a way to make it as permanent as stuff gets. It is very difficult to extract yourself from a treaty once you begin it. If they can put all of their left-wing socialist policies into treaty form, we’re stuck with it even if they lose the next election.”
The U.N. document, created in the 90s, has been ratified by 193 nations—but not the U.S. and not Somalia. This has been noted by President Obama, who said of the bill: “It’s embarrassing to find ourselves in the company of Somalia, a lawless land.”
According to Farris, the UN Convention takes away a parent’s right to spank their children, gives children—not their parents—the right to decide their own religion, would allow children to seek government review for parental decisions, make it illegal for a nation to spend more on national defense than child welfare and take away the rights of parents to opt their children out of sex education in schools.
Well, steps have been taken in the Pennsylvania Legislature to encourage the U.S. Senate to not ratify the treaty, which needs a two-thirds majority it will not get. Those steps include Pennsylvania House Resolution 97, introduced by state Rep. Tallman in March 2011, and today sits in the House Children and Youth Committee. In November, Rep. Tallman introduced HR 501, as well, which calls on “the Senate of the United States to reject the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.” Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has co-sponsored a U.S. Senate bill to fight the treaty. The Pennsylvania bills are meant to encourage him and others in the federal government.
“WHEREAS,” Resolution 97 reads, “The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child would drastically alter the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children; and WHEREAS, The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has been acceded to by 192 nations worldwide and has been cited by United States courts as “customary international law.”
Some believe the treaty is set to be approved due to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s role in world affairs. “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been a strong supporter of the CRC, and she now has direct control over the treaty’s submission to the Senate for ratification,” writes WND. This conspiracy, some believe, is part of a larger pattern by the Obama Administration and Democrats generally. Sort of like when the White House sent out an email asking visitors to register their child for a scheduled tour if it will be born in time to see the president’s quarters and the hypothesis that newborn children are being microchipped by the government, among other things.
“Where the child has a right fulfilled by the government, the responsibilities shift from parents to the government,” Farris told WND. “The implications of all this shifting of responsibilities is that parents no longer have the traditional roles of either being responsible for their children or having the right to direct their children.”