Democratic California Senator Barbara Boxer is pushing hard for the U.S. ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child - which sounds warm and fuzzy, but is actually "a gross assault on parental rights that could rob the U.S. of sovereignty."
Fox News reports: "Critics say the treaty, which creates 'the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion' and outlaws the "arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy," intrudes on the family and strips parents of the power to raise their children without government interference."
This makes me nervous. After all the government bailouts (which I am totally against), I feel that our government is too big as it is. Frankly, I don't want lawmakers telling me what religion I should or should not be teaching my children! And the really applicable parts of this convention, regarding children in the military, child pornography, and child prostitution, are already (obviously) illegal in the United States. Why do we need to adopt U.N. laws as our own? And another question - if the U.N. (and certain Democrats) are so anxious to "protect the rights of children" - why don't they extend this and protect the rights of unborn children? Barbara Boxer is a nut-job anyway. I wouldn't support ANYTHING she pushes!
On March 5, the California State Supreme Court will be hearing arguments in response to lawsuits that were filed against Prop. 8 after the election. In addition, they will be reviewing HR5, which was passed by the California State Assembly. The State Supreme Court has the power to strike down Prop. 8. That gives us 9 days to make phone calls and send emails to members of the CA Supreme Court, as well as local legislators, letting them know that they should not over-rule the voice of the majority of CA voters! Contact Assembly members who voted against the voice of the people:
Dave Jones Assemblymember.firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Krekorian Assemblymember.Krekorian@assembly.ca.gov Ted W. Lieu Assemblymember.Lieu@assembly.ca.gov William Monning Assemblymember.Monning@assembly.ca.gov Mike Feuer (Chair) Assemblymember.Feuer@assembly.ca.go Julia Brownley Assemblymember.Brownley@assembly.ca.gov Noreen Evans Assemblymember.Evans@assembly.ca.gov
Like many of my friends, I watched portions of the Academy Awards (I cannot bring myself to watch the whole entire show - it is just so boring). Inevitably, some Hollywood type who just won an award and thinks they are ALL THAT, takes the opportunity to express some political opinion during their acceptance speech. Sean Penn was one of these last night.
"I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren’s eyes if they continue that way of support. We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone."
I shouldn't have been surprised - after all, he won for playing Harvey MIlk, for heaven's sake. But I just wanted to answer Sean:
I am not ashamed for defending traditional marriage. I am not ashamed of my opinion that sexual preference does not define a person, OR deserve special rights. It is not on the same playing field as race or color. And same-sex couples ARE different from heterosexual couples, so it makes sense that their union should be called something different. And they still have all the same rights that married heterosexual couples have. It all comes down to the definition of one little word. I do not condone violence of any kind and do not consider my support of traditional marriage as hateful in the slightest. And, wow, are my kids proud of their mom! I am not afraid to look into their eyes, nor will I be ashamed to look into the eyes of my future grandchildren! It takes courage to stand for something, especially in the face of blatant opposition. I hope my kids inherit the moral backbone. Wish I could say that to his face, but hey, don't you love blogs? Almost as good...
I was unable to attend the hearings or rally, but fellow DNA member Beetleblogger did, and here is the link to her post on the experience. I think the one thing that really stood out to me after reading her post was that the opposition was so very well organized and funded. They bussed-in "gay rights" advocates who lobbied loudly and wore identifying buttons. We can do better than we have been doing, folks. Somebody needs to take the lead in this battle and organize something just as visually and emotionally striking. UFI??? AFA??? Come on, this is a call to action!
On Tuesday, February 17th at 10:30 am, The California State Assembly Judiciary Committee and then at 12:30, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on Proposition 8. The committees will be considering crafting a joint resolution encouraging the California State Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8. By issuing the resolution the Assembly will officially express its opposition to Proposition 8, calling for its repeal, and stating that it was an "improper revision" to the state constitution. There are two initiatives up for vote - SR7, and HR5. Read SR7 here. Read HR5 here. This blatantly flies in the faces of 52% of California voters! The issue of "gay marriage" was voted on TWICE, and both times, "gay marriage" LOST! We cannot let the legislators misrepresent the voice of the people in this way!
What can we do?
1) It's a holiday weekend - hop in your car and make a drive to Sacramento for the hearings! Tuesday, February 17th at the state capitol in Sacramento. The Assembly hearing will be in room 4202 at 10:30 am. The Senate hearing will be in room 4203 at 12:30pm. By attending you will send a visible signal to the committee members in support of the family.
2) If you can't attend the rally, then pick up your phone and make some calls! Call the members of the committees and fax letters asking them to vote no on HR5 and SR7
*Assembly Judiciary Committee-Vote NO on HR5*
Julia Brownley Phone: 916 319 2041 Fax: 916 319 2141
Obama has picked another winner. A pro-gay rights, pro-pornography, pro-abortion, anti-parental rights activist. His name is David Ogden, and Obama has nominated him for second in command in the US. Attorney General's office. Ogden only needs now to be confirmed by the Senate. He has quite a resume - and none of it family friendly!
• As an attorney in private practice, David W. Ogden has filed briefs pushing for gays in the military. • He has litigated numerous obscenity and pornography cases on behalf of clients like Playboy, Penthouse, the ACLU and the largest distributor of hardcore pornographic movies.
In various cases, he has filed briefs opposing: • parental notification before a minor’s abortion • spousal notification before an abortion • the military’s policy against public homosexuals serving in uniform • the Children’s Internet Protection Act and the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act.
Call your state senators (yes, even you folks living outside of CA - this affects you too!) and ask them to vote no on David Ogden's appointment to the second position at the attorney general's office. You can reach both of your senators at this number: 202-224-3121. And if you get a busy signal, you can look up a more direct number for your senators on the internet...but don't give up. This is our chance to make our collective conservative voices heard!
I stumbled across this article on the Pacific Justice Institute's website and was suitably alarmed - as a parent of 4 school-age children, I know I didn't receive any kind of parental notification about this particular wave of indoctrination! Anybody else heard about it?