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3/23/2011 4:59:38 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Call to Stop Illinois from Adopting U.N. Parent-Child Policy

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Illinois--Call to Stop Illinois from Adopting U.N. Parent-Child Policy

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Westchester area) has introduced
legislation urging all Illinois state agencies to comply with the
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and urging
the U.S. Senate to ratify it and thus make it the law of the land.

The relationship between parents and children has always been
considered "off limits" to government intrusion, with narrowly defined
exceptions, such as divorce, abuse or neglect, etc. The CRC turns
this time-honored approach on its head and places, without exception,
every aspect of the parent-child relationship under government
regulation.

Right now, you have unquestioned authority to determine what is best
for your children--what church they should attend, how much time they
spend on chores, what websites and books they should read, whether
they should be homeschooled, what friends they can hang out with, etc.

The CRC takes your right to make all those family decisions and places
it second in line behind the government's. Every parental decision
you might make would be subject to review and veto by a government
agent.

If Senator Lightford's legislation passes, state agencies and judges
could begin implementing aspects of the CRC in the state of Illinois,
even if the U.S. Senate never ratifies it.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call, email or visit Senator Lightford, if you are her
constituent, and ask her to withdraw her legislation, which is known
as SR 92. Use our legislative toolbox to see if you live in her
district http://www.hslda.org/toolbox . Your message can be as simple
as, "Please withdraw SR 92. Parents--not the government--should decide
what is best for their children."

If you would like to understand the issues in greater depth, an
excellent and well-footnoted resource is "Twenty Things You Should
Know about the CRC" available at this website:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10688

Her Springfield office is 323 Capitol Building, Springfield, IL,
62076; phone (217) 782-8505; fax (217) 588-2068.

Her Westchester office is 10001 West Roosevelt Rd., Suite 202; phone
(708) 343-7444; fax (708) 343-7400.

BACKGROUND

If this email is your first exposure to the CRC, you may be shaking
your head in disbelief right now. Or you may be telling yourself that
this would be so bad that it could not POSSIBLY really happen.

Please accept the challenge of reading an excellent, well-footnoted
document called, "Twenty Things You Should Know about the CRC"
available at this website: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10688 .
And if you think it could not POSSIBLY happen in America, consider
that: (1) former President Bill Clinton ALREADY placed his
presidential signature on the CRC on behalf of the U.S.; and (2) every
nation in the world has adopted the CRC except the U.S. and Somalia.

A United Nations treaty can become law if the U.S. Senate ratifies it.
If ratified, it becomes part of the supreme law of the land under
Article VI of the U.S. Constitution--superseding every state
constitution and all state laws. And superseding many decisions of
the U.S. Supreme Court.

But the CRC could profoundly influence the actions and policies of
judges and state and local employees in Illinois even if the U.S.
Senate never ratifies it. If SR 92 passes, the CRC would be
recognized as a valid tool for guiding government policies, practices
and decisions in Illinois, with potentially devastating consequences
for parents and their children.

HSLDA and Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE) are united in
opposing SR 92.

I have called the senator's office, and followed up by fax, but she
has not responded to my request that she withdraw the bill. Now she
needs to hear from her constituents.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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