Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child reflects
the vision of the UN to take rights away from parents,
thereby allowing the government to raise your children
while indoctrinating them into the new "global
consciousness". The convention describes children as a
member of a family AND the community, placing much of
the responsibility for their well being on the state
rather than the parents. In Article 17 the Convention
states that "States Parties recognize the important
function performed by the mass media and shall ensure
that the child has access to information and material
from a diversity of national and international sources,
especially those aimed at the promotion of his or her
social, spiritual and moral well-being and physical and
mental health". So, who dictates what material is
diverse enough, what spiritual information they should
have access to, and what promotes moral well being? You
guessed it. The United Nations and the Convention
decide what is best for your child.
Convention on the Rights of the Child was drafted over
the course of 10 years (1979 - 1989) by representatives
of a variety of religions and cultures along with
members of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights
and several NGO's. Like all human rights treaties, the
Convention on the Rights of the Child had first to be
approved, or adopted, by the United Nations General
Assembly. On 20 November 1989, the governments
represented at the General Assembly agreed to adopt the
Convention into international law. It has since been
ratified by 191 countries with only the United States
and Somalia abstaining. It should be of concern to all
Americans, however, that the U.S. has signaled its
intent to ratify the treaty by formally signing the
Convention. Why should you be concerned? The treaty
obligates all those countries who ratify it to abide by
a not so small list of mandates that effectively take
the job of raising your children away from you and hand
it over to the government. The Convention puts it this
or shortly after ratifying the Convention on the Rights
of the Child, States are required to bring their
national legislation into line with its provisions –
except where the national standards are already higher.
In this way, child rights standards are no longer merely
an aspiration but, rather, are nationally binding on
States. Ratification also makes States publicly and
internationally accountable for their actions through
the process in which States report on the Convention's
implementation. At the centre of the monitoring process
is the Committee on the Rights of the Child, an
independent, elected (elected by themselves)
committee whose members are of "high moral standing" and
are experts in the field of human rights."
Below are some of these
mandates that states will be required to report on:
Parties recognize that every child has the inherent
right to life.
Interestingly, this does not apply to unborn children.
Parties shall respect the responsibilities, rights and
duties of parents or, where applicable, the members of
the extended family or community as provided for by
local custom, legal guardians or other persons legally
responsible for the child, to provide, in a manner
consistent with the evolving capacities of the child,
appropriate direction and guidance in the exercise by
the child of the rights recognized in the present
starts out fine, but throws in a qualifier that negates
the respect of parents rights and duties. States shall
respect the rights and duties of parents as long as
direction and guidance complies with the rights of the
child recognized in the present convention. And, who
decides what the evolving capacities of the child are? Appropriate
direction and guidance of your child is no longer up to
the parents, it must comply with the rights of the child
recognized by the Convention.
Parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in
the present Convention to each child within their
jurisdiction without discrimination of any kind,
irrespective of the child's or his or her parent's or
legal guardian's race, colour, sex, language, religion,
political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social
origin, property, disability, birth or other status.
What this is
basically saying is that the rights of a child as set
forth in the Convention override the rights of the child
as perceived by the parents based on their religion or
opinions. If the rights the Convention feels are due
your child conflict with your religious beliefs,
political opinions or cultural background, too bad.
Parties shall undertake all appropriate legislative,
administrative and other measures for the implementation
of the rights recognized in the present Convention. With
regard to economic, social and cultural rights, States
Parties shall undertake such measures to the maximum
extent of their available resources and, where needed,
within the framework of international co-operation.
the globalization agenda and the elimination of national
sovereignty, this would put our economic, social and
cultural rights in the hands of the United Nations and
the "international community".
Parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the
survival and development of the child.
the STATE becomes responsible for the development of
Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of
forming his or her own views the right to express those
views freely in all matters affecting the child, the
views of the child being given due weight in accordance
with the age and maturity of the child.
example of this law in action would be good. Suppose
you find out your school is requiring that their
teachers teach a class on homosexuality where lifestyles
are discussed in detail and the students are taught that
this is normal, acceptable behavior (this is actually
happening in the US). Little Johny comes home and tells
mom or dad that they want to participate in the class.
Mom and Dad feel this class goes against the beliefs and
values they are trying to instill in their developing
child and has no place in the school curriculum. Too
bad. The state feels Johny is old enough to make his
own decisions on matters of sexual preference and has a
right to express his own views on the matter.
child shall have the right to freedom of expression;
this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and
impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of
frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the
form of art, or through any other media of the child's
Parties shall respect the right of the child to freedom
of thought, conscience and religion.
class meditation exercise, Johny draws a picture of a
satanic symbol and a picture of the earth, and writes
below it "we are all God and the Earth is our Mother".
Little Johny brings the art project home and shows Mom
and Dad. Even though Mom and Dad are Christian and are
trying to teach their child that Jesus Christ is his
savior and created the earth, Johny has a right to his
own beliefs and a right to express them however he wants
to. After all teacher told him he did.
Parties shall respect the rights and duties of the
parents and, when applicable, legal guardians, to
provide direction to the child in the exercise of his or
her right in a manner consistent with the evolving
capacities of the child.
direction does the Convention feel is consistent with
the evolving capacities of the child?
to manifest one's religion or beliefs may be subject
only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and
are necessary to protect public safety, order, health or
morals, or the fundamental rights and freedoms of
should scare all of us. Freedom of religion becomes
freedom of religion as long as the convention does not
determine your beliefs are a threat to public safety,
order, health, morals, or the freedoms of others. We've
all seen the beginnings of this line of thinking in our
government. If someone finds your Christianity
offensive you are somehow infringing upon that person's
rights and are expected to hide the fact that you're
Encourage the mass media to disseminate information and
material of social and cultural benefit to the child and
in accordance with the spirit of article 29;
The state and
the media team up to raise our children.
Parties recognize the right of every child to a standard
of living adequate for the child's physical, mental,
spiritual, moral and social development.
What does the
convention consider an adequate standard of living for
the child's spiritual, moral and social development?
Parties agree that the education of the child shall be
development of the child's personality, talents and
mental and physical abilities to their fullest
development of respect for human rights and fundamental
freedoms, and for the principles enshrined in the
Charter of the United Nations;
have it in a nutshell. The state is responsible for
making sure your child develops a respect for the
principles enshrined in the Charter of the United
Nations. Remember when it was pretty much accepted that
parents were responsible for teaching their children the
principles they believed were best for them?
just emphasizes the importance of Christians getting
more involved in government. We all need to be aware of
the legislation that is passing through our government
bodies and make sure our voice is heard. It is in the
best interest of our children to be pro-active in our
fight to raise them as Christians while teaching them
the morals and principles of the BIBLE not the
principles of the United Nations Charter.