Calling all Christian parents! This is serious. As a homeschooling parent, I take my right to educate my child very seriously. But it's so much more than that. It's about parental rights to educate, discipline and raise our children as we see fit.
Here's a brief rundown:
The primary threats are 1) the increasingly activist courts and 2) international law. They threaten to make government bureaucrats the primary decision makers in the home rather than parents.
All constitutional rights are either fundamental or non-fundamental. Since parental rights are not written into the specific text of the Constitution, they must be deemed either fundamental or non-fundamental. Here's the good news: According to the Supreme Court of the United States of America, parental rights are fundamental rights (thus far). However, here's the bad news: lower courts do not consistently recognize parental rights as deserving the same legal standard as other fundamental rights, such as the freedom of speech and press. And, therefore, all kinds of parental rights are being trampled at this level and never making it to the Supreme Court arena. But that's not all. The biggest threat to us is in the form of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Please read the speech linked below for more info.
I know all this legal junk is really crazy, but read the article. This guy knows what he's talking about. He's a Christian and he knows that God is leading him in this effort in order to preserve this great country of America.
If something is not done, these threats will undermine the God-ordained relationship between parent and child. In order to protect children and families a new organization called parentalrights.org has been developed. Find more information at www.parentalrights.org.
Please click the link below to fully understand how our parental rights are at risk in America. This speech is the Chairman’s Address delivered by Michael P. Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association's National Conference for Christian Homeschool Leaders in Nashville, Tennessee on September 28, 2006.
"No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts and expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God."
"I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, quality, and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, other-centered men can build up."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. American Spiritual and Civil Rights Leader