Parental Rights Amendment

One of my favorite of the 10 Commandments is “Honor your father and mother.” I mention it to my kids quite often. Children need to respect and obey their parents as authority figures because parents (in most cases) know what’s best for their children and act in that best interest. For our family, this is a key part of raising children to become adults who love and obey the Lord.

That said, you can imagine my complete dismay when I recently heard that our government is poised to adopt the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child , a purposed international treaty that empowers the government to over-rule any decision a parent makes on the children’s behalf — decisions like where to attend church and how to correct wrong behavior. This is a deeply disturbing invasion on our rights and freedoms as parents. The worst news is our nation’s top leaders support it wholeheartedly.

Hearing stories about the erosion of parental rights in America’s courts also sends chills up my spine. So, in an effort to safeguard the relationships between me and my children and to protect the freedoms of future generations, I am spreading the word about the Parental Rights Amendment.

Michael and I first heard about this amendement a few months ago, and right away we both signed up to support it. This amendment will protect against the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child and other threats to parental authority.

Here’s the official plug for the Parental Rights Amendment from www.parentalrights.org:

A parent’s right to raise their children as they see fit is a time-honored American tradition, but today it is being threatened. The Supreme Court’s Troxel v. Granville decision in 2000 undermined a 75-year heritage of Constitutionally-protected, fundamental parental rights, which 8 of the 9 justices abandoned. At the same time, a growing body of international law fuels activist judges to legislate foreign standards from the American bench, while treaties such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child would subject parental decisions to government oversight and international review.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (MI-2) has proposed HJR-42, the Parental Rights Amendment, to stop the erosion of parental rights in American courts while simultaneously defending our laws from international invasion. Please, visit parentalrights.org to learn more about the Amendment, and to join their email network by signing the petition to protect parental rights.

I urge you, if you care about your parental rights, please sign up!

2 Thumbs Up for 10 Commandments

Last weekend I took Linnea (almost 5) to see The Ten Commandments, an animated movie about the life of Moses.  I tend to be pretty picky about what our family watches in terms of movies and TV because there’s so little value in most of it, but seeing this movie was the pleasant experience I hoped it would be.

The film started at the beginning of Moses’ life, when his mother put him in the basket and sent him down the river to keep him safe from the bad king. It continued with most of the highlights of Moses’ life, and then ended with him seeing the Promised Land from a distance as he passed the baton to Joshua.

Linnea really enjoyed watching the movie, especially since she’s heard so much about Moses’ life through stories in her children’s Bibles and knows most of the 10 Commandments herself. A few parts were unexpectedly frightening, like when Moses’ staff turns into a snake and eats up some other snakes in front of Pharoh. Having a general idea of what was going to happen next helped me talk her through those unsettling parts.

I can see us buying this when it comes out on DVD. Also, the company that produced this film is set to produce 11 more Biblical movies, and my hope is the next one will be about Joshua.

A side note: I had a post earlier about frustrations with Disney because of how Radio Disney cut “chosen by God” from radio ads about The Ten Commandments. The Christian Filmmakers Academy recently took an intensive theological and practical look at Disney’s 100 years of influence as a media giant. Read more about that here:

http://www.onenewsnow.com/2007/11/filmmaker_on_walt_disney_creat.php

The Not-So-Wonderful World of Disney

I don’t listen to Radio Disney, but earlier this week I read about that organization refusing to air an advertisement for the new animated movie about the Ten Commandments (being released Friday) because it said Moses was “chosen by God.”

How many times has Radio Disney aired God’s name being said in vain?

This incident doesn’t really surprise me, but it sure makes me question whether I should spend another penny on Disney merchandise.

You can read the Liberty Council’s press release about this at

http://www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=14102&AlertID=748.

And you can sign a “Don’t Ban God from Ads” petition at

http://www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=14102&AlertID=750.

As a side note, I’m planning to go see the movie. Plugged In Online has a review of it at

http://www.pluggedinonline.com/movies/movies/a0003462.cfm.