Convention on the Rights of the Child, Articles 6-10: The Child’s Right to Know and Be Cared for by Their Parents

Here we are again, for another look at the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)! For readers who may be new to this feature, the CRC has been ratified (or is in the process of being ratified) by every nation in the world accept for the U.S. The U.S. has not signed it in part because of general anti-UN sentiment, but also in part because of opposition from organizations like the Home School Legal Defense Association (founded by Christian homeschool leader Michael Farris), which promote … [Read more...]

Convention on the Rights of the Child: Articles 1-5

Last week we looked at the preamble to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This week we will look are articles one through five. Bear in mind that I am commenting on the CRC as a layperson and not as a lawyer. Mainly, I want to read through the full thing and I'd like my readers to be familiar with it too, and writing a series looking at it meets both goals.PART I Article 1 For the purposes of the present Convention, a child means every human being below the age of eighteen years … [Read more...]

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Preamble

You may have heard that the only countries in the entire world who have not ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) are the U.S., Somalia, and South Sudan. While this was once true, Somalia ratified the treaty in January of this year, and South Sudan's government has begun the ratification process. In other words, out of all of the countries in the world, the U.S. stands alone in refusing to ratify the CRC.The CRC was adopted by the UN in 1989, and quickly ratified by c … [Read more...]

The State Doesn’t Own Your Kids . . . and Neither Do You

Last week, Rand Paul had this to say on vaccines:  The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children. I'm becoming very very tired of this dichotomy. For individuals like Ron Paul---or Michael Farris---if parents do not "own" their children, the state "owns" them. Is it so hard to consider that perhaps children are not property? Is it so difficult to imagine that children could "own" themselves?And are those who advocate for universal vaccination are not arguing that the state " … [Read more...]

Christian Homeschoolers: Children Don’t Have Rights

There has been a lot of confusion about why the U.S. Senate failed to ratify the UN Disabilities Treaty. Fred Clark of the Slactivist is absolutely right that evangelicals' fear that the UN is the vehicle of the coming antichrist, along with conservatives' fear that the UN is a plot to form a one world government and erode the United States' national sovereignty, played a role in the rejection of the treaty. But there's something else there too.I was homeschooled from kindergarten through … [Read more...]