Did You Hear the One About the United Nations’ Alleged Intentions of Taking Over American Parental Rights?
In the ongoing fight between Weird and WTF, we’ve now been warned numerous times to do our part to stop the United Nations’ takeover of American parental rights. Because this is apparently at stake. Most recently, former Sen. Rick Santorum has gotten involved, and he says it’s personal.
Our first glimpse at this fight (we think WTF is winning) came in May, when we got an email from the American Family Association of Pennsylvania, telling us of “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,” as we wrote at the time. Several “family” groups around the country had been attempting to alert U.S. citizens of this U.N. treaty, which was created in the ’90s and ratified by every country except Somalia and the U.S., to which President Obama has expressed concern.
The Pennsylvania Legislature found itself involved, too; some conservative members introduced House Resolution 97, which calls on “the Senate of the United States to reject” the treaty. That resolution currently sits in the state Legislature’s House Children and Youth Committee and claims “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.” Conspiracy websites like World Net Daily have continually promoted similar viewpoints, putting up several interviews with Michael Farris, president of ParentalRights.org, who claims the treaty is meant to “put all of [Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s] left-wing socialist policies into treaty form. We’re stuck with it even if they lose the next election.”
The point: Who knows! There’s no indication this treaty has done anything, yet it is the most signed one in U.N. history.
Enter Rick Santorum. The father and home-schooling proponent claims the treaty “would put us under international law when it comes to parenting our special-needs children,” adding it gives government the power “under U.N. direction” to decide what is best for kids in the U.S. And it enforces a scare tactic often used by the far-right: That the globalists are coming.
Why now? Because Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) is attempting to push the treaty through for a committee vote to be ratified by the Senate, which is required for all U.N. treaties. The AFA of PA calls Kerry “a big fan of the United Nations,” while others have noted this might be part of his “test run” to become Secretary of State during Obama’s potential second term.
Kerry attempted to push through what’s called the Law of the Sea, a treaty that would apparently give the U.N. control of the seas. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) called that treaty “misguided.”
Whatever the case, we get the feeling the fight between WTF and Weird is just getting started.