The Home School Court Report
No. 2

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Five Reasons to Join

1. The decision on how to raise your child is yours. Parents hold a fundamental right to direct the upbringing and education of their child.

2. Your rights are under fire. Between international law that empowers government to determine what is in the “best interests of the child,” and federal judges with questionable views on parental rights, every parent has cause to be concerned.

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3. There is only one way to protect parental rights. State amendments cannot shield parental rights from the threat of international law, which becomes binding on the United States if ratified. Only an amendment to the United States Constitution will preserve parental rights now and for future generations. It is the only solution to the threat against parental rights.

4. Safeguarding parental rights now is easier than defending them later. If the parental rights amendment is passed, parental rights will be secured within the black and white text of the U.S. Constitution. If the amendment is not passed, parental rights will continue to be whittled away, forcing parents to fight for rights they once took for granted.

5. We need you to help get the parental rights amendment passed. It won’t happen on its own! Without your effort and involvement, an amendment to protect parental rights will never materialize. Join today, and play a strong role in preserving the child-parent relationship.

Discussion Starters for Getting Friends and Neighbors Involved

Let’s say that you are 100% convinced of the importance of the parental rights amendment, and you’ve already signed the petition. Now what? You may be asking, “How do I effectively engage my friends and neighbors in this mission?” It’s easier than you may think! The following discussion starters will help you inspire your friends, family, and neighbors to get involved today.

Who do you think is best equipped to care for your child? All good parents are concerned about the well-being of their children. And parents hold a fundamental right to direct the upbringing and education of their children.

Parental rights don’t need to be changed or added to. They just need to be protected. While parental rights are implied within the United States Constitution, they aren’t explicitly protected. The parental rights amendment won’t make up new rights for parents, or take away rights that already exist. Parental rights won’t change once the amendment is passed. They will simply be protected within the explicit text of the U.S. Constitution.

The vital role of parents is increasingly under attack from government intrusion and international law. Federal judges in our own country are gradually undermining parental rights, giving decision-making power regarding children to government officials instead of to parents.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is another growing threat to parental rights. An international treaty approaching possible ratification by the United States, the UNCRC diminishes the role of parents in the lives of their children, instead allowing the government to define and determine what is in the “best interests of the child.”

The government should support parents, not undermine them. In a healthy society, the government supports the role of parents, but doesn’t attempt to usurp or undermine parental authority.

Who should make crucial decisions for children—government officials or parents? Crucial decisions need to be made in the life of every child. But who should be making those decisions? In most cases, parents—not the government—should be responsible for making decisions about their children. This responsibility is part of a parent’s fundamental rights. Who but a parent knows his child better than anyone and has his child’s best interests at heart? (In cases of child abuse or neglect, a third party obviously needs to step in to protect the child, but this should be the exception, not the rule.)

Teens, Take Note!

Involve your kids in the campaign for a constitutional amendment! Generation Joshua (GenJ), HSLDA’s political activism organization for young people, is planning to educate teens on how to pass a constitutional amendment. “You might wonder how excited teens might be about a parental rights amendment,” says Will Estrada, director of Generation Joshua. “But by involving them within the framework of working for constitutional amendments in general, it will get their attention and they’ll realize, ‘This is something important that I can help with.’ ”

Generation Joshua’s new educational program was inspired by California homeschooling parents who approached GenJ about getting teens involved in the push to protect parental rights. It will be part of GenJ’s popular teen track at homeschool conferences in 2009—GenJ is launching the first sessions this year at the Christian Home Educators Association of California Annual Bay Area Convention and at the 2008 GenJ Summer Camp.

“There’s nothing more powerful than a teenager out there lobbying for parental rights,” says Mike Farris.

For now, Generation Joshua Director Will Estrada urges teens to educate themselves and others on the threat to parental rights, and to sign the petition at “You might think your vote isn’t going to really count at this point,” says Estrada, “but getting the amendment passed is a long process and three or four years down the road you might be a registered voter.”

“You have the potential to be involved in making history,” adds Estrada. “One day, you might be able to say, ‘I helped get one of the 28 constitutional amendments passed.’"

More information is coming-check www.GenerationJoshua .org for updates.