Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Parental Rights Amendment

Although the main audience for Maidens of Worth is other young ladies, Miriam and I are thrilled that parents also read our blog. Because of the essential nature of this amendment, I thought I'd bring it to your attention.

The Parental Rights Amendment is headed by Michael Farris, founder of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. For many years, he has done legal work on many cases involving parental rights. Because of the way the country and laws are going, he feels that we crucially need a Parental Rights Amendment to protect the vital role of parents. At Alabama's CHEF convention, our family heard him give a talk entitled "Parental Rights: It's now or never" about the things going on in today's world and the need to pass a constitutional amendment. ParentalRights.org has great information about the threat and the ways to get involved.

Some of the stories about what has already happened in our country are pretty scary. Here are two that Mike Farris shared in his talk, quoted from the Attack on Parental Rights page:

In the early 1980s, a landmark parental rights case reached the Washington State Supreme Court. The case involved 13-year-old Sheila Marie Sumey, whose parents were alarmed when they found evidence of their daughter's participation in illegal drug activity and escalating sexual involvement. Their response was to act immediately to cut off the negative influences in their daughter's life by grounding her.

But when Sheila went to her school counselors complaining about her parent's actions, she was advised that she could be liberated from her parents because there was "conflict between parent and child." Listening to the advice she had received, Sheila notified Child Protective Services (CPS) about her situation. She was subsequently removed from her home and placed in foster care.

Her parents, desperate to get their daughter back, challenged the actions of the social workers in court. They lost. Even though the judge found that Sheila's parents had enforced reasonable rules in a proper manner, the state law nevertheless gave CPS the authority to split apart the Sumey family and take Sheila away.
A thirteen-year-old boy in Washington State was removed from his parents after he complained to school counselors that his parents took him to church too often. His school counselors had encouraged him to call Child Protective Services with his complaint, which led to his subsequent removal and placement in foster care. It was only after the parents agreed to a judge's requirement of less-frequent church attendance that they were able to recover their son.
What was the amount of time at church that the boy complained about? Going on Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday evening. The judge then ordered the parents to only bring him once-a-week. Yes, this happened in America!

Please check out the website, sign the petition, and consider how you can help.

3 comments:

Ella said...

Mom and Dad have defnitely signed this. Kind of stinky that America has strayed so far from the original intent the Lord and the Founding Fathers had. But then, we live in a fallen world!

Darelina said...

This is sad, but I'm not all surprised. I think we're headed for very dark times, where Christians will face much worse than this! Thanks for putting out the word. :)

Maria Pauline said...

A noble cause. Thank you for promoting it!