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4/24/2007 3:18:42 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Hawaii: Update--Calls Needed on Joint U.N. Resolution!

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April 24, 2007

Hawaii: Update--Calls Needed on Joint U.N. Resolution!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for your swift and persistent action against the two
resolutions introduced in the House urging the adoption of the U.N.
Convention on the Rights of the Child. Your calls and the attendance
of several individuals at various hearings made a difference.

While the single-house resolution, House Resolution 48, did pass, your
calls influenced seven representatives to vote against the Resolution.
Another five representatives were excused from the vote. Since most
resolutions sail through, this does amount to substantial
accomplishment.

House Concurrent Resolution 69 is still alive and has been sent over
to the Senate for action. H.C.R. 69 is currently in the Senate Human
Services and Public Housing Committee and the Transportation and
International Affairs Committee.

While the House has voted to urge the adoption of the U.N. Convention
on the Rights of the Child you can still have an impact on whether the
Senate does so as well. Please contact the Senate Committee members
listed below and urge them to defeat H.C.R. 69.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please contact the committee members listed below and respectfully
give them this message in your own words:

"Please oppose 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.

Transportation and International Affairs:

Senator J. Kalani English, Chairman
Phone: 808-587-7225
senenglish@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Lorraine R. Inouye, Vice Chair
Phone: 808-586-7335
Email: seninouye@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Will Espero
Phone: 808-586-6360
Email: senespero@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Gary L. Hooser
Phone: 808-586-6030
Email: senhooser@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Brian Taniguchi
Phone: 808-586-6460
Email: sentaniguchi@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Shan S. Tsutsui
Phone: 808-586-7344
Email: sentsutsui@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Mike Gabbard
Phone: 808-586-6830
Email: sengabbard@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Human Services and Public Housing Committee

Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, Chairwoman
Phone: 808-586-6130
Email: senchunoakland@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair
Phone: 808-586-6250
Email: senihara@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Gary L. Hooser
Phone: 808-586-6030
Email: senhooser@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Norman Sakamoto
Phone: 808-586-8585
Email: sensakamoto@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Fred Hemmings
Phone: 808-587-8388
Email: senhemmings@Capitol.hawaii.gov

BACKGROUND:

The House voted 39 to 7 in favor of H.R. 48 and H.C.R. 69. While this
is disappointing, your phone calls and hard work has helped educate
the House regarding these resolutions and the concerns about the U.N.
Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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 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 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 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 House member and we will send a similar fax to the
Senate committee members as well. 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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