Linda Turley-Hansen: On the surface, it appears to be a nice idea - an international law to protect the rights of children. But critics fear a 20-year-old United Nations treaty initiative will threaten parental rights. Others warn the measure actually threatens American sovereignty.
On the surface, it appears to be a nice idea - an international law to protect the rights of children. But critics fear a 20-year-old United Nations treaty initiative will threaten parental rights. Others warn the measure actually threatens American sovereignty.
If you haven't heard about the scheme, you will. So far, the treaty has been ratified by every nation except the U.S. and Somalia. Now, it's believed an Obama administration improves chances of U.S. ratification. In fact, within days of President Barack Obama's inauguration, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., announced that she would make it happen (Foxnew.com, Feb. 25).
Opposition is gearing up. Watch for a plan by Republicans in the House and Senate to counter the movement with an amendment to the Constitution to protect parental rights. This is why: Any international treaty trumps local and national law. Yes, the child-rights treaty could intrude right into our East Valley homes. This issue isn't far, far away, it's in our laps.
I've often written that the home is the last stand against collapsing values and liberal indoctrination. There's no doubt, a majority of parents understand the importance of their influence and recognize their obligations reach beyond earthly mandates. But, clearly, as we tighten the circle and work to block efforts to infiltrate our homes, our jobs will get tougher.
Readers constantly ask me, "What can I do?" The answer holds little sex appeal: Stay informed. Always keep your information antenna in the "on" position and folks, do not fear speaking out. I'm stunned at the number of readers who express amazement over my "courage to speak frankly." Yet, I understand many are intimidated by a society that is growing more hateful; note vicious attacks on Miss California, a woman who simply expressed the majority opinion on preserving marriage for the heterosexual union.
I relate. Over the past dozen years of this column, my opposition to gay marriage (though I support civil unions) has generated shocking, threatening e-mails that rattle the senses. My guess is children's rights will be close behind. Will we allow bullies to rob this nation of its most basic tenants because we are afraid? Read your history books to learn where that will take us.
World treaties, these days, are just one of our problems. It's a natural course that our children are swept along by the vast tide of influence, beginning in their public schools where dogma is liberally disbursed from textbooks created by who knows? Add media's grab for our children and court intrusion such as when a federal district court judge recently directed the Federal Drug Administration to sell Plan B morning-after contraceptive medications to 17-year-old girls, parents be damned.
"The rights of a child." Words do create great camouflage, don't they? Why would anyone be against protecting children?
The chancellor of Patrick Henry College, Michael Farris, discusses Obama's support of the UN and his expressed desire to see the treaty pass. "A treaty," Farris says, "that would have disastrous consequences for the American family." In a Townhall.com column last year, the constitutional expert said, "Obama wants to turn every family and every state legislature over to the supervision of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. They will condescendingly tell us why our traditional desires for our children are not acceptable in this day and age. They will explain us to ourselves and to others while usurping control of our family and utterly destroying the principle of American self-government."
You think that's exaggeration? You've watched this president's power grab of private enterprise and you doubt that state law can be overturned in favor of the UN? I don't for one minute. This issue can be summarized like this: Everyone wants our kids. Hold them tight and fight like hell.
Linda Turley-Hansen is a syndicated columnist and former veteran Phoenix television news anchor who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.