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2/11/2009 4:55:18 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA: Call to Stop Confirmation of Justice Candidate

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HSLDA: Call to Stop Confirmation of Justice Candidate

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

We previously informed you that David Ogden has been nominated by
President Obama for the position of deputy attorney general of the
United States, the second highest position in the Justice Department.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held their confirmation hearing for
Ogden on Feb. 5. The committee could vote on his confirmation as early
as tomorrow.

Home School Legal Defense Association urges you to immediately contact
your U.S. senator who is on the committee, as listed below, and voice
your opposition to Ogden's confirmation.

The most important reason to oppose Ogden's nomination is his belief
that the rules found in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
(http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6077) are already binding on the
United States under the doctrines of international law.

For background information on this doctrine, see Michael Farris'
article, "A Deeper Understanding of the Threat of International Law"
(http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6078) in the November/December 2007
Home School Court Report.

This means that Ogden believes that the legal rules contained in the
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are already binding on the
United States, even though this treaty has never been sent to the U.S.
Senate for ratification.

Homeschoolers have long understood the dangers of this international
treaty, which contains the core principle that the government may
decide what it believes is best for each child without any proof of
wrongdoing by the child's parents. Ogden promoted the use of this UN
treaty in the Supreme Court to reach the conclusion that America's
courts have the power to overrule state law, using international law
as their guidepost for constitutional interpretation. Unfortunately,
he was successful in doing so in the Roper case.

It also means that Ogden is a proven advocate for the position that
international law should be used to interpret the Constitution of the
United States and bind the decisions of our elected officials.

If this weren't enough, Ogden has a history of representing Playboy
and other purveyors of pornography in high-profile legal cases. He
also challenged the legality of using filters on library computers to
protect children from seeing pornography. It would be hard to imagine
how Ogden would faithfully enforce the nation's pornography laws if he
is placed in this position at the Justice Department.

The United States Senate needs to understand right now that the
American public will not countenance the idea of the nation being led
by people who believe that international law trumps American law.
Please call your senator today to register your opposition to David
Ogden.

You can also use our Legislative Toolbox to contact your senator:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6079

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Patrick J. Leahy
Chairman, D-Vermont
(202) 224-4242

Herb Kohl
D-Wisconsin
(202) 224-5653

Arlen Specter
Ranking Member, R-Pennsylvania
(202) 224-4254

Dianne Feinstein
D-California
(202) 224-3841

Orrin G. Hatch
R-Utah
(202) 224-5251

Russell D. Feingold
D-Wisconsin
(202) 224-5323

Charles E. Grassley
R-Iowa
(202) 224-3744

Charles E. Schumer
D-New York
(202) 224-6542

Jon Kyl
R-Arizona
(202) 224-4521

Richard J. Durbin
D-Illinois
(202) 224-2152

Jeff Sessions
R-Alabama
(202) 224-4124

Benjamin L. Cardin
D-Maryland
(202) 224-4524

Lindsey Graham
R-South Carolina
(202) 224-5972

Sheldon Whitehouse
D-Rhode Island
(202) 224-2921

John Cornyn
R-Texas
(202) 224-2934

Ron Wyden
D-Oregon
(202) 224-5244

Tom Coburn
R-Oklahoma
(202) 224-5754

Amy Klobuchar
D-Minnesota
202-224-3244

Edward E. Kaufman
D-Delaware
(202) 224-5042


Sincerely,

J. Michael Smith
HSLDA President

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