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3/14/2007 1:36:23 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Hawaii--Calls Needed Immediately on Dangerous Resolution!

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March 14, 2007

Hawaii--Calls Needed Immediately on Dangerous Resolution!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We have just learned of two very dangerous resolutions that the House
International Affairs Committee will be hearing today at 10 a.m. These
resolutions are urging the State of Hawaii to adopt the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of the Child. We need your calls immediately
to let the Committee know that these resolutions should be defeated.

House Resolution 48 and House Concurrent Resolution 69 state that
"each child needs to be brought up in the spirit of the ideals of the
United Nations Charter" and urge the president to request that
Congress ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The U.N. Convention of the Right of the Child is a treaty that is one
of the most dangerous attacks on parental rights ever.

If ratified by the U.S. Senate, the United Nations Convention on the
Rights of a Child would undermine families by granting to children a
list of radical "rights" which would be primarily enforced against the
parents. These new "fundamental" rights would include "the right to
privacy," "the right to freedom of thought and association," and the
right to "freedom of expression." Such presumptions subvert the
authority of parents to exercise important responsibilities toward
their children. Under the UN Convention, parental responsibility
exists only in so far as parents are willing to further the
independent choices of the child.

Please call now and urge the House International Affairs Committee to
defeat these resolutions.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Please call the International Affairs Committee Members listed
below immediately and respectfully give them this message in your own
words:

"Please oppose H.R.48 and H.C.R. 69. Hawaii should not adopt the U.N.
Convention on the Rights of the Child nor should we urge Congress to
ratify this treaty. This treaty would undermine parental rights in the
upbringing and control of their children that are foundational to this
state and our nation. Adopting this treaty would elevate it to the
same level as the U.S. Constitution. Please ensure that both of these
resolutions are defeated."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler; instead you can identify
yourself as a concerned citizen and parent.

International Affairs Committee Members
Representative Rida T.R. Cabinilla (Chair)
Phone: 808-586-6080
E-mail: repcabanilla@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative James Kunane Tokioka (Vice-Chair)
Phone: 808-586-6270
E-mail: reptokioka@Capitol.hawaii.gov

For a complete list of the other members of the Committee and their
contact information please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3907 . Calling members of the
Committee would be the most helpful in defeating these resolutions.

2) Please call and email the sponsor of these resolutions and
respectfully give her this message in your own words:

"Please withdraw H.R.48 and H.C.R. 69. Hawaii should not adopt the
U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child nor should we urge Congress
to ratify this treaty. This treaty would undermine parental rights in
the upbringing and control of their children that are foundational to
this state and our nation. Adopting this treaty would elevate it to
the same level as the U.S. Constitution. Please immediately withdraw
these resolutions you have sponsored."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler; instead you can identify
yourself as a concerned citizen and parent. You can continue to call
and email Representative Berg for the rest of this week.

Sponsor of H.R. 48 and H.C.R. 69

Representative Lyla B. Berg
Phone: 808-586-6510
E-mail: repberg@Capitol.hawaii.gov

BACKGROUND:

Some of the contents of the U.N. Convention on the Right of the Child
include a child's:

> Right to Freedom of Expression: This right shall include the freedom
to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds through
any other media of the child's choice.

> Right to Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion: The state
would only need to respect a parent's "rights and duties...to provide
direction to the child in the exercise of his or her right." Thus, a
child could join a cult and prevent the parent from interfering with
his or her "right" to do so.

>Right to Freedom of Association: A child could determine who his or
her friends are against their parents' wishes.

> Right to Privacy: A child could not be subjected to arbitrary or
unlawful interference with his or her privacy, family, home or
correspondence. This could include a right to abortion or sexual
activity.

> Right to Mass Media: This right would ensure the child has access to
information and material from a diversity of national and
international sources.

In order to enforce these "rights" a child would simply have to call a
social worker to report their parents for violating their rights.

If this treaty becomes binding on the United States, the government
would have the power to intervene in a child's life "for the best
interest of the child." Currently, the government can intervene in
this fashion only by going to court and proving that parents have been
abusive or have neglected their children. (This standard also applies
in divorce cases on the presumption that the family unit has been
broken.) This means that whenever the UN-dominated social services
system thought that your parental choices were not the best, the
government would have the power to override your choices and protect
your child from you.

If this treaty becomes binding, all parents would have the same legal
status as abusive parents, because the government would have the right
to override every parental decision if it deemed the parent's choice
contrary to the child's best interest.

The ability to homeschool one's children would become not a right, but
a UN-supervised activity that could be overturned if social services
personnel believed that it would be "best" for your child to receive
another form of education.

Spanking would be banned under the express terms of the UNCRC.
Moreover, children would be required to be taught in a religiously
"tolerant manner". (The American Bar Association, which supports the
treaty, has already opined that teaching children that Jesus is the
only way to God violates the spirit and meaning of the UNCRC.)

These are not idle speculations, but the proven result of the UN's own
interpretation of the treaty as they have reviewed other nations'
compliance with the treaty's provisions. For more information about
the concerns with the U.N. Convention of the Rights of the Child
please see: http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000000/00000020.asp .

Please call now and help defeat these resolutions.

We need your help! If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like
to help us fight for greater homeschool freedom in Hawaii please visit
http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp .

Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Hawaii.

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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