Not a Political Activist
I do not consider myself a political activist. Through the years, I have made occasional phone calls or sent e-mails to my Senators and Representatives when I became aware of legislation that concerned me.
Then an issue came to my attention that I have not been able to let go of. I am very concerned about it, and I pray about it often. I receive updates on the status of this issue, and I take action regularly, calling and e-mailing the legislators who represent me in Washington, DC.
The issue is parental rights. Until a couple of years ago, I had never heard of the Parental Rights Amendment (PRA) or the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). I believed that my parental rights were guaranteed. Then I started looking at Parentalrights.org and realized that’s not the case. I signed the petition and began receiving and acting on the e-mail updates that came to my inbox. But it wasn’t until today that I realized why the CRC is so dangerous and the PRA so necessary.
A Crash Course on Constitutional Literacy: Parental Rights
When I was at The 2:1 Conference, I was given the DVD set Constitutional Literacy with Michael Farris. Because the PRA is being introduced now, I decided to start with the episode on parental rights. I won’t pretend that I understood everything the first time through, but I understood enough about the cases Farris discussed and what he said about the Constitution to know that my family is not protected without the Parental Rights Amendment. I didn’t realize until today that my parental rights are not specifically guaranteed in the Constitution. Many people believe parental rights are fundamental rights, and I agree with them! Since those rights are not specifically covered in the Constitution, however, how they are upheld or overruled is up to the courts. Judges interpret the Constitution differently, so their rulings create different precedents. There is no uniformity or overarching protection provided for parental rights, even through case law.
Now that I understand this glaring oversight, I will be even more diligent to support Parentalrights.org with prayer and by making those phone calls and sending those e-mails to get the Parental Rights Amendment passed!
If you would like to learn more about the state of parental rights in the United States, please watch this 30-minute video:
Please visit Parentalrights.org for more resources related to the PRA and for links to the CRC. While there, you can also sign the petition and sign up for e-mail alerts that will keep you in the loop and give you the information you need to make informed contact with your representatives.
Please join me in protecting our families. This is too important to ignore.
Disclosure: I received a free set of Constitutional Literacy with Michael Farris DVDs from HSLDA in exchange for doing occasional reviews. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. I received no further compensation for this review.