Whose children are they?

UPDATE: HSLDA’s Will Estrada counters Melissa Harris-Perry on The Daily Caller

In an interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas, HSLDA Director of Federal Relations Will Estrada strongly refuted MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry’s recent assertion that children belong to the community, not the family. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” Estrada said.

“Children are given by God to parents and to families to be loved, to be raised and to be prepared to go on to become leaders in their community,” Estrada said. “It doesn’t take a village to raise a child. It takes parents—loving parents in a home—to raise a child.”

He continued, “This leftist ridiculous idea that children somehow belong to the state—I thought we defeated this back with socialism, back with fascism and other entities which said: ‘Children belong to the state, they will be trained by the state to be productive members of the state.’

“Freedom requires that children are not property of anyone. They’re God-given into families to be prepared to be the leaders of tomorrow. That’s what we’ve got to fight for, and against this notion that children belong to the state.”

More reaction:

Harris-Perry’s view not only wrong, it’s dangerous
In an April 16, 2013, editorial on Public Discourse, Melissa Moschella challenged Harris-Perry’s fundamental assumptions about children’s relationship to the state. “In other words, children's relationship to the political community is fundamentally different from that of adults, because it is mediated through their belonging to a family and living under the authority of their parents.

“Harris-Perry's view is wrong because it fails to recognize the family as an authoritative community distinct and relatively independent from the larger political community with regard to its internal affairs, primary among which is the education and raising of children. And it is dangerous because the eradication of independent, intermediate authority structures between the individual and the state—of which the family and the church are the two most fundamental—is precisely, as Hannah Arendt famously pointed out, the essence of totalitarianism.” Read full article. >>

Melissa Harris-Perry: We ‘have a right to impinge on individual freedoms’ for ‘common good’ (Washington Times)—April 15, 2013

State-owned, state-run children (WORLD Magazine)—April 15, 2013

Melissa Harris-Perry and the bludgeon of “Collective Responsibility” (RedState)—April 10, 2013

All Your Kids Are Belong to Us (RedState)—April 8, 2013

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Melissa Harris-Perry: Whose children are they?

In an MSNBC promo, Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC host and Tulane University professor, promotes the radical and controversial idea that “we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”

This isn’t a new idea—Hillary Clinton made waves with her book, It Takes a Village, in 1996. Right around that time the Clinton Administration introduced the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child for ratification by the U.S. Senate.

HSLDA steadfastly opposed this treaty then—and still does today—recognizing that it threatens to impose the state between parents and children.

In a 2010 article analyzing the dangers to homeschooling freedom, Mike Farris warned, “ there is a third wave coming. And I doubt that many of you have any idea of the intensity and breadth of the elitist movement that is taking dead aim at [the homeschooling] movement.”

He continued, “The CRC is the first international human rights document dealing with parents and children that fails to embrace the prior right of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children [recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948].”

“The ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ crowd believes that all children are children of the village. Any parental decision-making authority regarding education is a mere delegation of a core power from the government, and all prior claims over the development of the hearts and minds of children reside with the village and not with the family.

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“Have I gotten your attention? . . .

“If we do not take these threats seriously, it means we have neither common sense nor spiritual perception.”

Today the Romeike family is facing deportation from the U.S. because Attorney General Eric Holder doesn’t believe that the right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right worthy of protection.

This is why HSLDA exists—to stand in the gap. To defend the right of all parents to exercise their conscience in the education of their children. To provide a way for homeschoolers to come together to protect homeschooling freedom for today and tomorrow.

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