This past weekend's CHAP Homeschool Convention in Harrisburg, PA was wonderful, as usual. They always bring such wonderful speakers who encourage, inspire, inform and support what we do.
There were two matters of the utmost importance this year. The first one applies to ALL parents. Our government is considering a bill called the "Convention on the Rights of the Child". It would give children the same rights as adults without the responsibility. They would have the freedom of expression; freedom of access to media; freedom of thought, conscience and religion; freedom of association; the right to privacy; the right to health care; they would receive a compulsory U.N. (United Nations) approved education; and the right to leisure. These freedoms and rights would be upheld even against what parents think would be in the best interests of their child(ren). In other words, your children, or anyone they would enlist for aid that would be in agreement with them, would be able to sue you for any decision that you have made in regards to your child's life that you thought in their best interests, simply because they disagree or think it unfair. The court's decision would be completely up to the judge hearing the case who would base his/her decision based on his/her own beliefs.
Thankfully, Mr. Mike Farris, a prominent lawyer, who founded the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, has written the "Parental Rights Ammendment". He and others are working hard to try to introduce this into the government. This ammendment would make parental rights explicit in the text of the Constitution.
If this concerns you as much as it concerns me, here are some things that you can do:
Sign the petition by going to http://www.parentalrights.org
While you are there, click on "Join the Fight"
Donate what you can to help
I'll address the other issue tomorrow.