On Parental Rights

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.

Taking Action

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:

Overruled: Government Invasion of Your Parental Rights

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.

 

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18 Responses to On Parental Rights

  1. Thanks for this and I will be sharing!

  2. Lena says:

    Thanks for the links, I’ve followed this for years, though not closely. I’ll check out the links soon.

  3. Carmen Propps says:

    You should read about what’s happening in Germany to parental rights. That makes what you’re doing seem even MORE important. I know I’m not a parent, but this scares me, too.

  4. Rebecca says:

    Jennifer,

    I am so proud of you for stepping up and standing out to share the truth about this topic!!!!!

  5. Pam says:

    This is so sad to me. Sad that parents’ right are trampled. Sad that the CRC has been turned into such a circus. The people who started the movement have seen more horrific abuses of children than we can imagine. They only wanted to protect children, especially those who don’t have parents to guide & save them. Now it is something people fear. We all wanted the same thing, the best for children.

    • It is sad, Pam. I agree that it is important to protect children, especially those who have already survived atrocities. The CRC just isn’t delivering on its promises. Thank you for taking the time to read and form your own opinions.

    • Scott says:

      The problem is that everyone has in their head an idea about what constitutes good and acceptable parenting and what constitutes bad or unacceptable parenting. The CRC errs (and it does indeed err) on the side of collectivism as being inherently superior to individual rights. The CRC is being used as a vehicle to endorse some specific concepts of “good” and “bad” parenting that are contrary to the mainstream views in America.

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