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Parental Rights True/False Quiz

Are your rights as a parent free from governmental interference?

Do you believe that the government will only involve itself in cases of abuse and/or neglect?

The following ten questions are designed to test your knowledge of events that have affected the parent-child relationship in the United States. The last 5 questions pertain, specifically, to a treaty that has been ratified by many U.N. countries around the world.

TRUE or FALSE

  1. Child protective services forcibly removed a 13 year old boy from his parents after he complained to a school counselor that they took him to church too often (twice on Sunday and once on Wednesday).
  2. You have a legal right to know if your teenage children will receive or have received medical treatment through the public schools.
  3. In most states parents are held liable for public library fines issued to their children, but, they are denied access to information about the titles of the books.
  4. A 13 year old girl was ‘liberated from her parents’ after she complained of being grounded for smoking marijuana and having sex with her boyfriend.
  5. A mother in Illinois was twice refused her request to opt her daughter out of sexual education lectures that she found objectionable.
  6. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC), which would allow the government to determine the “best interest of the child” (even in cases where there has been no parental neglect or abuse) and supersede all parental power, has been signed by the United States.
  7. If the UN CRC is ratified, religious schools would no longer be allowed to teach that Christianity is the only true religion and would be forced to teach “alternative worldviews.”
  8. Under the UN CRC, a child’s “right to be heard” would allow them to seek governmental review of any parental decision with which the child disagreed.
  9. Parents would still have the right to “opt out” their children from sex education.
  10. Proponents of the treaty are on the move and claim to be near victory.

ANSWERS

  1. TRUE. The child was placed in foster care until the parents agreed to a Superior Court Judge’s demands that the child be taken to church no more than one time per week.
  2. FALSE. Schools are not required to notify, request permission, or inform the parents of any medical treatment their children receive. In some states, this includes abortion procedures.
  3. TRUE. Many states have laws that protect the “right to privacy” in children 9 years old and older, so parents cannot see materials that their children have checked out.
  4. TRUE. In the early 1980s, 13-year-old Sheila Marie Sumey, whose parents grounded her, went to her school counselors complaining about her parent’s actions. She was advised that she could be liberated from her parents because there was “conflict between parent and child.” Listening to the advice she had received, Sheila notified Child Protective Services (CPS) about her situation. She was subsequently removed from her home and placed in foster care. Even though the judge found that Sheila’s parents had enforced reasonable rules in a proper manner, the state law nevertheless gave CPS the authority to split apart the Sumey family and take Sheila away. (In Re: Sumey, 94 Wn. 2d 757, 621 P. 2d 108 (1980))
  5. TRUE. 35 states require sexual education as part of the curriculum. Of these, only three states require parental consent and 11 states do not permit opting out of the course at all.
  6. TRUE. President Clinton signed the UN CRC in 1995, however, the Senate has not voted on ratification. If ratified, it would supersede all current family law on the books and a committee of 18 U.N. ‘experts’ from other nations would have the authority to issue official interpretations of the treaty which would be entitled to binding weight in American courts.
  7. TRUE. Religious schools that teach that theirs is the only true religion “fly in the face of article 29” of the treaty according to the American Bar Association.
  8. TRUE. The treaty specifically outlaws all corporal punishment and has been interpreted (in Sweden) to disallow any punishment without the consent of the child (including “time out”).
  9. FALSE. The notion of “opting out” has been held to be out of compliance with the treaty. Today, even in states where “opting out” is allowed for sex education, parents have no right to oppose specific parts of a curriculum. In Parker v. Hurley, 514 F. 3d 87 (2008), a federal appeals court found that parents who opposed a part of a school curriculum related to homosexual rights and practices did not have the right to opt their kindergarten child out or be informed in advance of the curriculum content.
  10. TRUE. A meeting was held at the White House recently to discuss ratification, and the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child claim they are near the 67 Senate votes needed for ratification.

Current law on parental rights tells parents that they have no say over their children once they enter the door of a public school.

In Fields v. Palmdale School District, 427 F. 3d 1197 (2005), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals “affirm[ed] that the [fundamental parental] right does not extend beyond the threshold of the school door.” Numerous school boards have determined that parents do not even have a constitutional right to be present on the school grounds where their child attends. See http://www.erusd.k12.ca.us/ERUSDPolicies/1250.pdf

What can we do?

Senate Resolution 99 is currently being considered as a statement against the ratification of the UN CRC Treaty. There are 31 co-sponsors to date. If 34 sign the resolution, the chance of ratification during this congress decreases significantly.

The Parental Rights Amendment has been submitted as an amendment to the Constitution to grant parents the fundamental right to the upbringing and education of their children. This would prevent treaties from superseding, modifying or interpreting these rights.

Learn more at ParentalRights.org

or

View the Documentary

“The Child”

at

Cary Alliance Church (Room 115)

March 28, 2011

7:00 pm

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Easy ‘Square Foot Gardening’ for Homeschoolers (Background)

For as the soil makes the sprout come up
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise
spring up before all nations. – Isaiah 61:11

This is Part 1 in a series detailing our family’s journey into Square Foot Gardening, how we applied it to homeschooling, and how we are using the experience to train our children to love and honor God.

Our gardening saga started a couple of years ago when a family friend overheard my wife and I bantering back and forth about the topic of gardening.  My wife was “encouraging” me to plant a garden.  In response, I was reminiscing about my childhood experiences in gardening with her.  The conversation went something along the lines of this:

Beautiful Wife:  “Why don’t we plant a garden this year?  It would be great to have fresh vegetables and the kids would have fun seeing things grow.”

Supportive Husband (Me):  “That’s great!  I hope that when you say “we” you are referring to yourself and a mouse you have in your pocket.  However, if by “we” you mean that I get to clear, till, plant, weed, mulch, water and maintain while the kids watch, I think we might have a problem.  I’ve helped in a few gardens over the years and I know how much work it is.  I would, however, be happy to show you where the garden tools are kept.”

It was at this point that our friend uttered the words that would lead us on a garden saga that would have been unimaginable to me a few years ago. 

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Reality Check on the Record of Big, Bad Capitalism

Our current President has defined his core economic tenets on the assertion of fairness, or to be more accurate, the unfairness of our economic system. Equality of outcome rather than equality of opportunity is the root principle. A forced re-distribution of wealth will act as an equalizer for the past sins of Capitalism.

The administration, the Congressional majority, and an agreeable media are systematically dismantling the free-market mechanisms and installing a centrally regulated, command economy all for the sake of fairness. Evidence over the last fifteen months is overwhelming: Government takeovers of major industries and individual companies, massive ramp-up of government regulations on industry, tax changes to force re-distribution of wealth, and lectures on behavior by our Grand Arbiter of Fairness, the President. The consequences on all 330 million Americans are enormous.

But where is the clear, unemotional evidence of either how bad it was under capitalism or how many more people will benefit under the new system? What is the alternative system? Where is it working today? All we have seen are a string of anecdotes and a parade of victims. Wall street bonuses are bad, out-of-work people are victims, millionaires don’t deserve their wealth, change will make it better.

Facts are rarely useful in debates with ideologues and religious zealots. Yet we cannot allow partisans to make unchallenged, generalized claims about the free-market system with such consequential implications. Using comparative data over the long-term, we can find objective conclusions on the comparison of free-market capitalism to more regulated economies. The last twenty-five years, virtually a generational view on economies, gives us a broad perspective of market performance during a relatively stable period.

Let’s compare countries side-by-side, answer claims of economic unfairness with facts, and decide which economy we would like for our children.

Data source: The Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a 30 country member group1 that provides unbiased, consistent economic data comparisons. Please note: For purposes of balance, comparisons are made of the U.S. economy compared to the top five western democratic economies, and the OECD average where data was available. 1987 through 2007 were selected only for completeness of data.

Claim #1:
Our economy has been weak for the last decade. Our problems have only been covered up by deficit spending and cheap credit.

Facts:
The U.S. has out-performed all economies over a 20 year period, out producing goods and services, worker for worker. In terms of annual growth rates, our free-market system has more extreme highs and lows but has climbed out of recessions faster and provided more sustained growth periods.

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Contact NC Attorney General to Join Constitutional Challenge

I am told that Roy Cooper, the Attorney General of NC, will join with the other 13 states to challenge the constitutionality of the recently passed health care legislation.  I am not sure if he is sincere, but, in the event that he is, here is the contact link:

Here is my letter:

Mr. Cooper:

Please join with the other 13 states and challenge the constitutionality of the recently signed health care bill. Our rights under the constitution should revolve around freedoms that are intrinsic to individuals that do NOT infringe on the rights and liberties of others. There is no authority in the constitution for Congress to mandate that private citizens must purchase a good or service from a private company. It simply is not an option that is available to Congress. I would urge you to support your constituents by challenging this egregious encroachment on our liberties.

Now is the time to stand for liberty rather than to simply give the appearance of it. Esse Quam Videri

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Skilled Animator

Apologies, in advance, for a commercial interruption.  But, I’ve been working with an extremely talented individual to do some adver-tainment.  He is doing an animated gag for a company I do some contract work for.  I just got the final draft of his first piece and I have to share the link as I think his work deserves to be seen.  Just in case you missed the hyperlink in the last sentence…..you can find the 30 second spot here.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled blog.

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“Free” Government Education

Every time I get a property tax bill, I’m shocked to see how much of our taxes are used to fund public education.  These, of course, do not include the “education lottery”*, bonds, and other ways that our schools are funded.  This is particularly galling considering the quality of the education and the amount of indoctrination that is being done.  However, as is true with many things involving the government, it is actually quite a bit worse than most of us would have imagined.  The Cato Institute has just finished a study on the actual cost per student in various school districts across the country.  The exemplary school system in Washington, D.C., as an example, spends approximately $28,000 per student per year.

Here’s a link to a short video about their research.  There’s a hyperlink in the video to the entire written report.  This will give you a little something to think about the next time you see a politician on TV bemoaning the fact that kids are having bake sales and car washes to help pay for books.

With all of their experience in keeping education costs down, there’s no reason to think our public servants won’ t be able to do the same for health care.

*Does any one else find the premise of a lottery to pay for education strange?  It would seem that as the kids become more educated less people will be playing the lottery.  If lottery receipts go down (knowing that the state is already in the liquor and gambling business) I suppose they will  just start a numbers racket and a brothel?  “But it’s for the children!”  Indeed.

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The Start of the End of Real Education in Schools

For those of you who have not heard of John Dewey, there is an excellent summary of his role in shaping the modern view of public education in this country at American Thinker today.  It can be found here.

I’ve seen other writers complain that Christians often place too much blame on Dewey for the removal of religion in schools.  While that may be the case, I think the most telling Dewey quote is one that is not included in the linked article.  In Roland Nash’s book “The Closing of the American Heart: What’s Really Wrong with America’s Schools”, he quotes Dewey as follows:

“…faith in the prayer-hearing God is an unproved and outmoded faith.  There is no God and there is no soul.  Hence, there are no needs for the props of traditional religion.  With dogma and creed excluded, then immutable truth is also dead and buried.  There is no room for fixed, natural law or moral absolutes.”

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Controlling Health Care Costs in 3 Easy Steps

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have a hobby of discussing politics with colleagues from other countries.  Lately, a number of these conversations have centered around the subject of health care.  One of the more common statements parroted by the progressive crowd is that we need health care reform to “control the free market” capitalists that are driving health care costs out of control.  Hearing that last sentence alone should be enough to convince any of us that a government education is bad for our children.

“It’s not that liberals are ignorant, it’s just that so much of what they actually know is not true.” – Ronald Reagan

You see, in a truly free market (in spite of the hot air coming from elected officials) it is impossible to make obscene profits for an extended period of time.  Markets tend to self-correct.  If there is a market where high profit potential exists, additional entrants will enter the market.  The increased supply from additional market entrants tends to lower prices (and assuming static costs it will lower profits as well).  The higher the difficulty in entering the market, the greater the profit potential that is required for additional entrants into the market.  There could be many reasons for a potential competitor to resist entering into a new market.  In something like semiconductor fabrication there is a significant amount of capital required to build the manufacturing lines.  So, there has to be enough profit potential to entice a new entrant.  Intellectual property concerns, or other factors could delay entry into the market.  But, truly free markets in the real world (if they ever exist) tend to prevent monopolies.  So, the best way to create a true monopoly is to lobby your friendly neighborhood bureaucrat.  If the government can prevent your competitors from entering your market, you can continue to make artificially high profits.

What does this have to do with health care?  Let’s go back to our economics lesson.  If you were operating a hotel and all of your rooms were constantly filled what types of things might you do?  Perhaps you would increase your nightly rates.  You might, also, expand.  If you could not increase rates because you were contractually obligated to sell your rooms at a particular rate, you would certainly consider expanding to help increase your profits.

What does this have to do with health care?  Under the current system, medicare and private insurance companies have contracts with most providers (hospitals and doctors).  So, rates are capped.  As independent businesses, many would like to expand to increase their profit potential.  That’s where the government gets involved. 

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Social Cohesion via Shared Misery

Over the past several years, I have had the privilege to work with a number of Canadians.  As our current redistributor-in-chief has sought the government seizure of 1/6th of our economy, health care is a frequent point of discussion.  The people with whom I have spoken on this subject are, generally, very intelligent.  This fact makes the nature of our discussions maddeningly frustrating.   You see, I cannot fathom how otherwise intelligent people make statements like, “the U.S. should adopt a national health care model to help with social cohesion”.

The first time I heard this term I decided to look it up.  Let me spare you the agony of reading the definitions fashioned by tenured sociology professors.  The working definition is “anything that brings people closer together (as long as it is an approved “progressive” method of bringing people together)”.  I added the parenthetical comment based on personal experience.  You see, in every case that I have heard the term “social cohesion”, I have suggested a simple way of bringing society together.  I have suggested that to bring us all together into perfect “social cohesion” all that is needed is a societal acknowledgment that there is a single, sovereign, loving, omnipotent God who can only be reached through belief in His son Jesus Christ.

The response to this suggestion has been less than enthusiastic.  In fact, the response is only slightly less “rocky” than the response that Stephen received from