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The Strategy
Volume 78, Program 22
11/13/2007
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Did you know that backers of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child believe their victory is on the horizon? Join us as Michael Farris talks about some of the Supreme Court’s most recent decisions involving parental rights, on today’s Home School Heartbeat.

    Mike:
    Last time we referred to the Supreme Court decision in the Roper v. Simmons case which is trumpeted by child’s rights advocates as a victory for their cause. The facts of the case were chilling. The case involved three 17-year-olds who decided to do a thrill killing of a randomly selected middle-aged woman by throwing her off of a bridge.

    The child’s rights advocates at the April, 2007, United States Senate briefing on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child were wise enough not to talk about the facts of the Roper case. Although the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional for a minor to be given the death penalty, it was clear at the Senate briefing that the decision was just short of the true standards of international child’s rights.

    According to the child’s rights activists, the true standards would also make it a violation of international law to put juveniles in prison for life without the possibility of parole.

    Instead, they simply discussed the abstract principle when advocating that the U.S. Senate that international law should adopt to override American law and thereby to prohibit life sentences for juvenile murderers.

    Given the recent Democratic takeover in the United States Senate, the backers of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child seem to believe that their day for victory is on its way.

    If you want to participate in securing constitutional protection for parental rights, sign the petition at www.parentalrights.org. I’m Mike Farris.


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