Pennsylvania Legislators Fight United Nations Effort to Strip Parental Rights

"The U.N. lets me go to bed an hour later than Mom!"

"The U.N. lets me go to bed an hour later!"

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.”

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  2. Agnes Tillerson says:

    The United Nations has been attempting to take over the US for years and it is past time that we say, “NO” to all their ventures including this one as well as Agenda 21 and other like Treaties. I suggest we get out of the UN as it has not adhered to its Charter for decades. It is a greedy, fraudulent power mongering organization. I further suggest they move from NY to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa where we, the taxpayers, funded them to build a state of the art conferebce center. Since they serve all third world countries,and slap the US on policies but not on money, this venue is appropiated for their use. They have been working to eradicate our Constitution and build a One World Power that has not been fully addressed by our Congress…it is past time to do this! No more money to the Un and eradicate all Treaties. Save our Sovereignty should be the cry of all Americans!

  3. The PRA Campaign has mounted the most dishonest and garbage-laden effort to misrepresent the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Claims made simply cannot be sustained – if you want the legal details, it’s easy enough to find them. But, as an example, one of its proponents suggested that, as the Convention has a Right to Play, thatb would see loads of US kids trooping to court saying they didn’t have to go to school. Peurile.

    The Convention is the world’s most signed treaty. Two countries remain outside – Somalia and the US, though a President did his normal duty and signed it, (as they all do, be they Republican or Democrat). Somalia admits it’s a basket case so won’t sign until it isn’t one. That leaves the US. Claims that it will bind the US in ways that will harm parental rights simply aren’t credible – few other countries with democracies would have done so, they all have. It’s claimed the UNCRC takes away parental rights – actually it makes very clear the primary role of parents in bringing up and educating their children, the role of the state to support that or replace only when parenting fails. Some countries may differ from the US as to what that means but it is US Courts that would interpret US obligations. The only ‘power’ of the UNCRC is that the US would submit a five-yearly report to a UN monitoring committee (who also might listen to US civic and faith groups etc, as well as kids themselves) which would then issue recommendations (nothing more) to the US, leaving it to the US to respond and act as it sees fit. Hardly the dire claims of the PRA lobby.

    So what is it that is behind the PRA? Well, Christian Right, neo-con home-schoolers. They seem not to like the idea that children have the right to choose their belief – even if parents have the lead role in guidance. Not enough for them. It’s their right to insist on what their kids believe. They reject a fundamental tenet of the US Constitution, concerning freedom of belief. Yes everyone has that right, except their kids. They don’t want their offspring getting ideas they don’t like. In the end this is the essentially un-American concept at the heart of the PRA, it’s nasty and oppressive.

    If anyone claims the US is different to other countries, that all its kids have the rights they need, and that it can’t benefit its own and other children by working in a shared international framework, then they truly are out of touch. Just on the Right to Play (trivial stuff huh?) we see in the US a great rising concern that kids simply no longer get out to play as they should, as we did. Also, same in Britain. Oh that’s like the US … well, no always. But then, India, and now in China – the same issues are arising. That’s quite a bit of the global child population already – the issues involved are obesity, stress, over-emphasis on adult-programmed activity, children losing out to the car, lack of social contact ….. it’s global.

    For this they undertake scandalous misrepresentation of one of mankind’s finest examples of international treaty.

    My late father, US citizen,NJ , would have scoffed at such narrowness. He would have been concerned for children worldwide.

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