Category Archives: Parental rights

Robert Kunzman: The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child vs. the Parental Rights Movement

Today’s post is from Robert Kunzman, author of Write These Laws on Your Children: Inside the World of Conservative Christian Homeschooling. Kunzman spent ten years as a high school teacher, coach, and administrator and is currently an associate professor in the Indiana … Continue reading

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Parents are at a loss to justify forcing their faith on their children

  A forum participant writes: Richard’s original proposition that children are being “forced” by their parents to blindly accept religion has been discounted by multiple participants. If all of those replies don’t at least partially satisfy the question, then the … Continue reading

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Children’s Rights and the Parental Authority to Instill a Specific Value System

Essays in Philosophy Volume 7 Issue 1 Liberalism, Feminism, Multiculturalism Article 10 January 2006 Jeffrey Morgan University College of the Fraser Valley http://commons.pacificu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1226&context=eip The following is an excerpt of the Jeffrey Morgan paper. Further, whether or not a child is … Continue reading

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Children have a right to secular, liberal education

The following is excerpted from a symposium paper by James G. Dwyer, Professor of Family law at William and Mary. The Liberal States Response to Religious Visions of Education http://www.stjohns.edu/media/3/bf88cc425d6b44d9b89484d7f8e050af.pdf There are several points to be made in response to … Continue reading

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Parental rights are not inalienable

Image via Wikipedia Here in the USA there is far too much attention given to the doctrine of parental rights and children are suffering for this. Our family laws granting parents so much power rest solely on patriarchal custom, not … Continue reading

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Children as property of parents

Historically, children were considered the property of parents. Under the scheme of patriarchy wives and children are under the control of the family head, the husband of the family. Much of this hoary antiquated thinking is still promoted by far … Continue reading

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Sham homeschools are fostering a radical right wing fifth column

Until the 1980s homeschooling was a benign activity that affected very few children. After homeschooling became dominated by right wing Christian theocrats, millions of vulnerable children (estimates are suspect because of poor reporting requirements) became virtual prisoners in their own … Continue reading

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Parents strongly resist anti-spanking laws

Pro-spanking advocates insist they are against spanking bans because they wish to protect the sanctity of parental discretion. Leave aside the ethics or efficacy of using violence against children as a form of discipline. The issue is that parents must … Continue reading

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Global progress towards banning all corporal punishment of children

Image by HA! Designs – Artbyheather via Flickr http://www.endcorporalpunishment.org/pages/progress/global.html From End Corporal Punishment official web site. In the following text the hypertext links, italicized, are deactivated. Please visit the web site. Legal reforms to prohibit all corporal punishment of children … Continue reading

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I love Canadian kids!

Image via Wikipedia Opposition to controversial bill voiced on Facebook By Don Braid, Calgary HeraldJune 2, 2009Comments (4) http://www.chtv.com/ch/chcanews/story.html?id=1654207 A Facebook group called Students Against Bill 44 had just over 100 members last week. By Monday evening, as final debate … Continue reading

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