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4/4/2007 12:16:47 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Hawaii--Urgent: Your Calls Needed on Dangerous Resolutions!

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April 4, 2007

Hawaii--Urgent: Your Calls Needed on Dangerous Resolutions!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for your swift action on the U.N. Resolutions making their
way through the House. After your calls and the presence of several
homeschoolers at the hearing on Monday, three members of the House
Human Services and Housing Committee voted against the resolutions.
However, enough of the members of the Committee voted for the
resolutions that they have been passed out of committee and will
likely go to the full House today or tomorrow.

We need your calls and emails to your own representative as well as
some key leaders in the House to help defeat this resolution.
Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii will also have a number of
individuals at the Capitol today when the session begins at noon. Your
presence could help defeat these resolutions.

Please call now and urge your representative and the House leadership
identified below to defeat this resolution. If your representative is
Rep. Rida T.R. Cabanilla, Rep. John Mizuno, or Rep. Gene Ward you can
thank them for their vote against these resolutions.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Please call and email your state representative below immediately
and respectfully give him or her 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."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler; instead you
can identify yourself as a constituent and concerned citizen.

You can use HSLDA's legislative toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to find the name and contact information
for your state representative. You can also find your representative
here: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3988 .

2) Please contact the House leaders listed below and 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."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler; instead you
can identify yourself as a concerned citizen.

Speaker of the House
Representative Calvin K. Y. Say
Phone: 808-586-6100
Email: repsay@Capitol.hawaii.gov

House Majority Leader
Representative Kirk Caldwell
Phone: 808-586-8475
Email: repcaldwell@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Majority Floor Leader
Representative Blake K. Oshiro
Phone: 808-586-6340
Email: repboshiro@capitol.hawaii.gov

Minority Leader
Representative Lynn Finnegan
Phone: 808-586-9470
Email: repfinnegan@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Minority Floor Leader
Representative Colleen Rose Meyer
Phone: 808-586-8540
Email: repmeyer@Capitol.hawaii.gov

3) Please visit the Capitol today at noon when the session opens. Your
presence alone could be a powerful voice to let the House know that
there are grave concerns about the U.N. Convention on the Rights of
the Child. Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii will have several people
there and a number of other homeschoolers should be there.

If you would like more information about parking or visiting the
Capitol please see http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3989 .

BACKGROUND:

The House Human Services and Housing Committee voted 4 to 3 in favor
of H.R. 48 and H.C.R. 69. However, this is a positive step forward
since just a little over a week ago the House International Affairs
Committee voted unanimously to pass the resolutions with a few minor
changes.

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.

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 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 U.N.-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 U.N.-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 U.N.'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 .

HSLDA will be faxing 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 House Member throughout the day. 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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