Two entities I struggle to trust, the United Nations and a Congresswoman from California, have teamed up to try to pass a world-wide treaty that would transform parenting forever. Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA) is trying to get the United States government to sign a UN treaty that would, according to the Parental Rights website, accomplish the following:
-Parents would no longer be able to administer reasonable spankings to their children.
-A murderer aged 17 years, 11 months and 29 days at the time of his crime could no longer be sentenced to life in prison.
-Children would have the ability to choose their own religion while parents would only have the authority to give their children advice about religion.
-The best interest of the child principle would give the government the ability to override every decision made by every parent if a government worker disagreed with the parent's decision.
-A child's "right to be heard" would allow him (or her) to seek governmental review of every parental decision with which the child disagreed.
-According to existing interpretation, it would be illegal for a nation to spend more on national defense than it does on children's welfare.
-Children would acquire a legally enforceable right to leisure.
-Teaching children about Christianity in schools has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
-Allowing parents to opt their children out of sex education has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
-Children would have the right to reproductive health information and services, including abortions, without parental knowledge or consent.
Perhaps Sen. Boxer's intentions are good; perhaps she is trying to curb child abuse. Obviously, this is all of our intentions as well, but this is not the way to do it. The ramifications of this treaty are mind-boggling. This is a not-so-subtle reminder that we have to be VERY careful about who we put in office. We may blink and find out very soon that the country we once knew and loved is long gone.