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The UNCRPD and Homeschooling
Volume 118, Program 10
12/20/2013
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Once again, the U.S. Senate is holding hearings on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Mike Farris explains, on today’s Home School Heartbeat, how the treaty would give authority over parenting decisions, including homeschooling, to the UN.

Mike Smith:
Mike, let’s not forget to mention the other big battle we’re facing this year—the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Mike Farris:
All treaties which give the authority to make decisions for the public policy of this country to the United Nations are bad for all Americans. That includes homeschoolers; that includes all parents; that includes all citizens. That’s what this treaty does at its heart. But the core problem that’s pertinent to homeschoolers is the best interests of the child standard. That’s the standard by which the government gets to decide what it thinks is best for children rather than what parents think are best for their own child. This treaty would replace the current law. The current law is until parents are proven to be harmful to their kids, like child abuse or neglect or something like that, parents get to decide what’s best for their children. Under this treaty, the government gets to decide what’s best for children in every case. The government has the right to overrule parents, in this case, who have disabled children, who have children with special needs. They get to say, “This is what you’re going to do for the education of your child.” It is a very dangerous treaty.

Mike Smith:
Well, thank you, Mike. To whom much has been given, much is required. May we at HSLDA and as Americans who have been given liberty and freedom unimaginable to the nations and peoples who’ve gone before us, be faithful to what we’ve been called and entrusted to do.

Mike Farris:
Amen!


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