The Obama administration is reviving efforts to have the United States sign onto a global children's rights treaty ratified by every U.N. member except the U.S. and Somalia, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said Monday.
Administration officials are actively discussing "when and how it might be possible to join," Rice, a Cabinet-level official, said while visiting a school in Harlem and fielding a teenager's specific question about the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.
This is something Barbara Boxer has been working hard to pass since the beginnign of the year. It is an international treaty that will undermine the ability of parents to direct the upbringing of their own children. Bob Lewis of the Dakota Voice summarized the threat well when he said...
This convention would undermine parental rights by providing a platform to emancipate children from the authority of their parents. Of course, parents will be expected to provide all the needs of their children…and all the wants of their children. If children want something, and the almighty state agrees they should have it, then the parents will have to dance. And if the parents feel the need to spank or otherwise strongly discipline an unruly child, the parent will quickly find that they are acriminal. They will quickly find that the child, and the child’s guardian (the state), are in charge in the home.
Please call the White House comment line (202-456-1111) and your U.S. Senators (202-224-3121) and tell them that you support parental rights and oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
To find a detailed analysis of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, please check out this article by Michael Farris.