Without getting into evolution today, I write of another controversy with many lessons to teach us — whether to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
My local homeschool list has been debating a statewide legislative alert, urging all homeschooling parents to contact US senators to be sure they know we believe ratifying it would destroy the family as we know it.
Will the United States undermine our Constitution and all that is holy about child-rearing families headed by autonomous parents, if we formally ratify the Convention? Our new president (you know, the constitutional scholar, redeemed Christian and the devoted father of two young daughters being raised in a strong, close nuclear family) thinks it’s high time we officially ratify the rights of the child. The conservative religious right says no, it’s high time we officially protect parent rights instead. The Vatican signed it right away, almost 20 years ago.
I say congruent parent and child human rights are the highest and best value, so any manufactured controversy setting them up to clash rather than converge, within the family or the society, ought to be a red flag, but here we are with two conflicting sides to the controversy, so let’s see which is the higher value.
We could start with which is the right QUESTION? How best to protect worldwide every child’s basic human right to learn, think and live free — or how to protect American parental rights to do as they see fit with and to their own spawn? What would Jesus ask first, I wonder?
Here is a southern conservative evangelical law professor writing in this paper many thoughts about how we could at least ask better questions, if we want to understand each other and move forward rather than just teach more controversies and never resolve or reconcile conflict. It’s a pdf file and if you don’t want to read it now, please, save it because you may need it sometime you least expect it.