Convention on the Rights of the Child

This morning at work the news was on. Annoyingly on Fox News. I don't know what that woman's name is that comes on in the morning but i can't stand her ... I won't rant about her right now. Anyway she declared that the evil childrens' rights treaty which was accepted by everyone but the US and one other horrid country will keep people from teaching their kids religion, spanking, and giving time outs. These things were actually listed in text. She repeatedly said "some people in Geneva will get to dictate how we raise our children", etc. I just read the entire thing myself and could find nothing that could be interpreted that way. I suppose a paranoid nut could read this

States Parties shall respect the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

States 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.

Freedom 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 others.


or this

States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.

or this

States Parties recognize the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child's physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development.

and conclude that something really really bad is going on with these Geneva guys and we want no part of it.
Oh and by the way, one of the reasons it was not accepted before was because Texas wants the right to capital punishment of children. Why am I proud to be American again?

Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Comment by Martin Snowden on April 2, 2009 at 10:29am
Krista, coincidentally I just mentioned the CRC in commenting on your post about spanking. I suppose since Dubbya ran rough-shod over the Geneva convention, it's logical that anything associated with "Geneva" becomes associated with "namby-pamby, should-mind-their-own-business, dirty-foreign-liberals" in the hate-filled minds of our religious right. I have to be in a particularly curious/bored/masochistic frame-of-mind to turn to Fox News, maybe once a year is sufficient. Seeing O'Reilly make a fool of himself in front of Richard Dawkins was pretty good though (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FARDDcdFaQ ) :)
Comment by Buffy on February 27, 2009 at 12:08am
Funny how the idiots who are always screaming about the "sanctity of life" and whining about "the children" are the first to have the vapors when anybody actually does something designed to protect them.
Comment by unholyroller on February 26, 2009 at 11:14pm
The slavering, mad-dog viciousnes of the Texass justice system never fails to shock, disgust, and scare the bejeebus out of me. As for the folks over at Fox......raving, lying fear-mongering, whining idiots. Just my humble and subjective opinion.
Comment by Creature on February 26, 2009 at 9:02pm
Wow. More and more Texas shocks me.

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