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4/2/2007 12:36:53 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Hawaii: Your Action Needed on Dangerous Resolutions!

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Hawaii--Your Action Needed on Dangerous Resolutions!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The House Human Services and Housing Committee will be hearing two
resolutions today at 10:30 a.m. that urge Congress and the State of
Hawaii to adopt the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the
Child treaty. Your calls, and if possible, your attendance, at the
hearing are vitally important let the committee know of the concerns
about the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the harm this
treaty would cause on our country.

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." These resolutions urge the president to
request that Congress ratify the Convention on the Rights of the
Child.

Additionally, H.R. 48 and H.C.R. 69 urge the State of Hawaii "to adopt
the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child as a
guideline addressing concerns relating to Hawaii's kieki."

As many of you are aware, 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 Human Services and Housing
Committee to defeat these resolutions. If you are able to attend the
hearing it would be extremely helpful in demonstrating the opposition
to these resolutions.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Please call the Human Services and Housing 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.

Human Services and Housing Committee Members
Representative Maile S. L. Shimabukuro (Chair)
Phone: 808-586-8460
Email: repshimabukuro@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Karl Rhoads (Vice-Chair)
Phone: 808-586-6180
Email: reprhoads@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Della Au Belatti
Phone: 808-586-9425
Email: repbelatti@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Joe Bertram, III
Phone: 808-586-8525
From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 68525
Email: repbertram@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Rida T.R. Cabanilla
Phone: 808-586-6080
Email: repcabanilla@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Josh Green, M.D.
Phone: 808-586-9605
From the Big Island toll free 974-4000 + 69605
Email: repgreen@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative John Mizuno
Phone: 808-586-6050
Email: repmizuno@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative K. Mark Takai
Phone: 808-586-8455
Email: reptakai@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative James Kunane Tokioka
Phone: 808-586-6270
From Kauai, toll free 274-3141 + 66270
Email: reptokioka@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Karen Leinani Awana
Phone: 808-586-8465
Email: repawana@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Gene Ward, Ph.D.
Phone: 808-586-6420
Email: repward@Capitol.hawaii.gov

2) Please attend the hearing at 10:30 a.m. today if you are able to.
Even if you are not able to testify in opposition to the bill your
presence alone will be a powerful voice to let the Committee know that
there are grave concerns about the U.N. Convention on the Rights of
the Child.

The hearing on these resolutions will be heard in conference room 329
at the State Capitol. If you would like more information about parking
or visiting the Capitol please see
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/site1/info/guide/faq.asp?press1=info&pre
ss2=guide

BACKGROUND:

These resolutions have been forced through the House very quickly.
Many of you called two weeks ago when this bill was before the House
International Affairs Committee. While the Committee voted unanimously
to pass the bill with a few minor changes, at least one of the
Representatives voted yes "with reservations." That person was
Representative Shimabukuro who is the Chair of the Human Services and
Housing Committee.

We have an opportunity to provide more information to the Committee
before and during this hearing. HSLDA has faxed a lengthy explanation
of the reasons why the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child
would be harmful for Hawaii and our nation to each Committee member.

Some of the contents of the U.N. Convention on the Rights 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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