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Sunday, May 28, 2006 

Homeschooling rights could be under threat by the UN

As reported in WorldNetDaily:
A U.N. treaty conferring rights to children could make homeschooling illegal in the U.S. even though the Senate has not ratified it, a homeschooling association warns.

Michael Farris, chairman and general counsel of the Home School Legal Defense Association, or HSLDA, believes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child could be binding on U.S. citizens because of activist judges, reports LifeSite News.

Farris said that according to a new interpretation of "customary international law," some U.S. judges have ruled the convention applies to American parents.

"In the 2002 case of Beharry v. Reno, one federal court said that even though the convention was never ratified, it still has an impact on American law," Farris explained, according to LifeSiteNews. "The fact that virtually every other nation in the world has adopted it has made it part of customary international law, and it means that it should be considered part of American jurisprudence."

The convention places severe limitations on a parent's right to direct and train their children, Farris contends.

The HSLDA produced a report in 1993 showing that under Article 13, parents could be subject to prosecution for any attempt to prevent their children from interacting with material they deem unacceptable.

Under Article 14, children are guaranteed "freedom of thought, conscience and religion," which suggests they have a legal right to object to all religious training. Further, under Article 15, the child has a right to "freedom of association."

"If this measure were to be taken seriously, parents could be prevented from forbidding their child to associate with people deemed to be objectionable companions," the HSLDA report explained.
And they could also be singled out as scapegoats, denied their rights as parents. Yet another reason why the UN needs to be left behind. Don't let the UN, or the "activist" judges aiding them, hoodwink you with their attempts to violate parental rights.

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Are you serious?

This isn't about homeschooling. It's about scaring the members of the HSLDA into towing the line of certain political forces. It's about reaching under the couch for dust bunnies so they can attach some fangs and make some monsters to get their membership fees and republican votes.

Such bunk.

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