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11/7/2011 12:14:16 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Parental Rights: Don't Let America Become Brazil

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Parental Rights: Don't Let America Become Brazil

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends

A chilling report from Brazil should serve as a warning to all
American parents. Recent events reveal what happens when a nation
abandons its traditional constitutional standard of parental rights
and adopts the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

On October 19, the Education and Culture Committee of the Chamber of
Representatives in Brazil unanimously rejected a bill that would have
legalized homeschooling in that country. Families who dare to
homeschool in Brazil are prosecuted and kept under government
surveillance according to a recent story by Julio Severo on .

Severo's article traces the text of the Brazilian constitution which
contained provisions in the 1937, 1946 and 1967 versions that
specifically affirmed the home as a place of education for children.
However, the 1988 constitution quietly removed these provisions at the
behest of "leftist politicians," according to Severo.

This Brazilian journalist exposes the role that the CRC has played in
this attack on fundamental parental rights.

"[An]other serious threat to the families' rights in the education of
their children has been the Child and Adolescent Statute (CAS), which
is a direct product of the United Nations Children's Rights
Convention. CAS imposes many state interferences in the Brazilian
families and their children, especially in the educational and health
issues. CAS has been used by the Child Protective Services of Brazil
to enforce the state ban on homeschooling, harass families and their
children and put them under legal hardships."

Finally, Severo calls for a new constitutional provision for Brazil to
restore the traditional protection of parental rights in education.

The parallels to the United States are unmistakable. The rights of
parents to direct the education of their children were traditionally
recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court as a high-level constitutional
right. However, recent decisions of the Court have undermined that
traditional standard and have unleashed a flood of federal appellate
cases declaring that parental rights are lower-level rights which may
be easily overridden by the government. Justice Scalia heads the list
of jurists who have proclaimed that parental rights are not legally
protected at all.

At the same time, there are twin pressures on the United States to
adopt the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Obama
administration has repeatedly called for the ratification of this
dangerous treaty which would supersede all state laws about
families--including homeschooling statutes and laws which give parents
control over the medical decisions of their children. The Supreme
Court and lower federal courts have shown an increasing tendency to
employ this UN treaty as valid legal precedent despite the fact it has
never been ratified by the Senate.

We must not be the last generation of American parents who are truly
free to raise our children.

It is time to tell Congress to stop stealing our children's future.
It is bad enough that they have buried our children and grandchildren
in debt for tomorrow so that they can buy votes today.

We cannot sit by and watch America become Brazil. We cannot passively
tolerate the erosion of our constitutional rights while the courts and
the diplomats conspire to force us into a regime of international law.

We must fight groups like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, who have
attacked the Parental Rights Amendment. And we must educate those we
would call friends who simply fail to recognize the absolute
imperative of protecting the traditional sovereignty of the American
family. These other groups have millions while ParentalRights.Org's
annual budget is under $500,000.

Despite its tiny budget, ParentRights.Org is the organization that
successfully prevented ratification of the CRC. However, we have only
stopped it for this term of Congress. The only permanent solution to
all of the threats we face is the Parental Rights Amendment.

I urge you to do three things.

First, call both of your U.S. senators and urge them to become
original co-sponsors of the Parental Rights Amendment. Senator Jim
DeMint from South Carolina has agreed to be the lead sponsor.

Second, call your representative in Congress and urge him or her to
become an original co-sponsor of the Parental Rights Amendment. Rep.
Trent Franks from Arizona, who chairs the Constitution Sub-Committee,
has agreed to be the lead sponsor.

Third, please make a generous donation of $50, $100, or even $500 to at .
Whatever you can give will sustain our efforts in this crucial time.

What you do today will determine the future for generations to come.
Will we have a family-based culture? Or will we, like Brazil, turn all
decision-making over to government officials who think they know best?

It is urgent that you act right now. Important meetings are taking
place in Congress even as I write that will affect the Amendment.
Please don't close this email or webpage before you pick up the phone
and call.

America or Brazil? It's your time to act.

Michael Farris
HSLDA Chairman

You may also help homeschoolers in Brazil by donating to the Home
School Foundation's International Fund

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