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Do American women need the UN to protect their rights? Chairman Michael Farris comments on the UN's most recent assault on national sovereignty on this edition of Home School Heartbeat.
Debate over ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, or CEDAW, is ongoing in the U.S. Senate.
America takes a strong stand against discrimination through current U.S. laws, and, as Christians, we affirm the general equality of men and women in the law. However, we cannot, in the name of women's rights, support the loss of our fundamental right to self-government.
Article VI of our Constitution declares our commitment to keep any treaty we sign as the supreme law of the land. If our own state constitution or state or federal statute conflicts with a treaty, the treaty overrules.
Signing on to CEDAW would require us by law to abide by UN committee rulings. There is no guarantee that such a committee would share our national values.
Imagine the possible interpretations for Article 5 of CEDAW, in which signatory nations are instructed to:
Modify or eliminate practices, which are based on the idea of the inferiority or the superiority of either of the sexes or on stereotyped roles for men and women.
How vague can you get? The current UN oversight committee has already labeled traditional family roles as "harmful stereotypes." By signing on to CEDAW, we give the 23-member UN committee the right to direct our national course.
America is fully capable of protecting the rights of all its citizens, no matter what their gender, without the help of the UN I'm Mike Farris.
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