ready to relinquish your parental rights?

>> Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Maybe you've heard about the movement to petition a Parental Rights Amendmendment to the United States Constitution.

Maybe you haven't.

Why should you care?

"The right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is presently a fundamental but implied right guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Yet one of the main reasons that parental rights are in danger today is due to their status as implied rights. That's because the meaning of an implied right is never entirely stable. Since parental rights are implied rights, the Court is free to redefine their meaning whenever it wishes. With international law poised to reposition parental rights into mere responsibilities, essentially robbing parents of their rightful place in a child’s life, the parental role and child-parent relationship is more endangered than ever before." (Read more here.)

Didn't know that your American parental rights are merely implied? Me either, until recently. Now, that's something that our grandparents' generation would have assumed was good, basic common sense.

But we aren't living in Gramma's world anymore.

Some Supreme Court Justices (like Scalia) do believe that parents have the inalienable right to raise their children and make decisions for their own families. Other justices don't agree.

Right now, international law is posing a threat to the continued ability of American families to parent their children without being under groundless suspicion of incompetence from the state. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), while perhaps seeking to do very good things for children in general, effectively places all parents on the legal level of abusers.

"This means that the burden of proof falls on the parent to prove to the State that they are good parents—when it should fall upon the State to prove that their investigation is not without cause." (Read more here.)

I'm not kidding.

To my understanding, there are only two countries in the UN who have not signed the UNCRC petition already: the United States, and Somalia. Somalia - because they don't have the infrastructure to make it happen. And the USA? Because there are a lot of people here who don't want the government freely dictating how they raise their kids.

This isn't just about preventing heinous abuse. One 13-year old boy sued his parents because they took him to church when he didn't want to go. The parents only got him back from the state after agreeing to not take him to church.

Another mother was forced by the court to split custody of her 4-year old daughter with the girl's babysitters, because they just loved being with the child so much. So much for being the "mommy"!

I went and signed the petition. What are YOU gonna do?

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2 comments:

Diane,  May 7, 2009 at 10:15 AM  

Thank you very much for making me aware of this.

Krystal,  May 7, 2009 at 10:15 AM  

I wrote about this a while back, our freedoms are being taken away one by one. But that is a fulfillment of prophecy and it just tells us that God is coming back sooner. Yet still, we should fight for our rights so I'm going to sign the petition. Thanks for making others aware Sarah, keep up the wonderful blogging!!

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