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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
CNS Can't Decide Whether Children Have Rights

Terry Jeffrey attempts an attack on Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling overturning California's Proposition 8 banning gay marriage in an Aug. 9 article by blaring what he perceives to be the most damning aspect of it:

U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who ruled last week that a voter-approved amendment to California’s constitution that limited marriage to the union of one man and one woman violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, based that ruling in part on his finding that a child does not need and has no right to a mother.
Nor, he found, does a child have a need or a right to a father.

Jeffrey doesn't explain from where he divines these "rights" he's talking about. It also contradcts CNS' promotion of those who oppose the idea of a child having rights.

In fact, just three days before, a CNS article by Christopher A. Guzman promoted Republican Sen. Jim DeMint's attack on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a convention signed onto by every country in the world except the U.S. and Somalia. Among the rights enumerated in the convention are that "Governments should respect the rights and responsibilities of families to direct and guide their children" and that "Children have the right to live with their parent(s), unless it is bad for them. Children whose parents do not live together have the right to stay in contact with both parents, unless this might hurt the child."

So why is CNS giving people space to attack these rights? According to DeMint, the treaty would allegedly place parental rights under the jurisdiction of the international community.

CNS published annother attack on the U.N. convention in a November 2008 article by Penny Starr, in which Michael Smith, president of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, asserted that the convention "could damage relationships by giving children 'rights' to question their parents’ decisions on a range of issues, including discipline, religious training and education."

It seems that CNS needs to figure out whether children have rights or not, or whether those rights depend on what sexual orientation the parent is.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:38 AM EDT

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