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2/23/2009 4:05:04 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA: Senate Committee to Vote on Ogden Nomination--Calls Needed

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HSLDA: Senate Judiciary Committee
to Vote on Ogden Nomination--Calls Needed

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on David Ogden's
confirmation for deputy attorney general on Thursday, February 26. We
previously informed you that Ogden has been nominated by President
Obama to the second highest position in the Justice Department.

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 U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child
( ) 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"
( ) in the November/December
2007 Home School Court Report.

This means 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 is
primarily responsible for the education and upbringing of children,
not the parents. Ogden used this U.N. treaty in a Supreme Court brief
to reach the conclusion that America's courts can overrule state law,
using international law as their guidepost for constitutional
interpretation. And Ogden successfully argued this philosophy to the
highest court in the land.

Clearly, Ogden is a proven advocate for the harmful position that
international law should be used to interpret the Constitution of the
United States and be controlling over state laws.

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. His record prompts many to
question whether Ogden would enforce the nation's pornography laws, as
would be part of his job description as deputy attorney general.

The U.S. Senate needs to understand that the American public does not
approve of officials who believe that international law trumps
American law written by representatives elected by the American

Please call your senator today to register your opposition to David

You can also use our Legislative Toolbox to contact your senator:


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

Herb Kohl
(202) 224-5653

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

Dianne Feinstein
(202) 224-3841

Orrin G. Hatch
(202) 224-5251

Russell D. Feingold
(202) 224-5323

Charles E. Grassley
(202) 224-3744

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

Jon Kyl
(202) 224-4521

Richard J. Durbin
(202) 224-2152

Jeff Sessions
(202) 224-4124

Benjamin L. Cardin
(202) 224-4524

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

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

John Cornyn
(202) 224-2934

Ron Wyden
(202) 224-5244

Tom Coburn
(202) 224-5754

Amy Klobuchar

Edward E. Kaufman
(202) 224-5042


J. Michael Smith
HSLDA President

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