Why should you be concerned? Because this man will hold a highly influential position in the Obama Administration, and his views may differ from yours.
One of the things that is different from you and I is his history:
[T]he man in line to become No. 2 at the nation’s top law enforcement agency was once a strident defender of Playboy and other purveyors of nudity.
And some critics are drawing attention to his risque legal work ahead of his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday. In one case, Ogden paved the way for the blind to enjoy Playboy at the Library of Congress.1
If that doesn’t get your attention, this should:
Home School Legal Defense Association urges all of its members to immediately telephone both U.S. senators from your state to oppose the nomination of David Ogden.
The most important reason to oppose Ogden’s nomination is his belief that the rules found in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are already binding on the United States under the doctrines of international law.
What’s wrong with this set of rules? Take a look at some of them yourself:
- That every child shall be registered by the government immediately after birth. Article 7 (1). Government tracking of all children will be required.
- That every child shall receive the highest attainable level of health care services. Article 24 (1). In Chapter 11 of the American Bar Association book by Davidson and Cohen, they state that this provision indicates that a mandatory federal health insurance plan would be necessary to comply with the Treaty.
- That no child is subjected to corporal punishment. Article 28.2 states that all schools must be prohibited from using corporal punishment. In Article 19.1, and in Article 37 (a), it not only prohibits school authorities from administering corporal discipline, but it also applies it to “parents, legal guardians, or any other person who has care of the child.” This Treaty will essentially outlaw spanking.
- Under the UN Treaty, the United States will be required to ensure that children are vested with “freedom of expression.” Section 1 states that a child has a right to “seek, receive and impart information of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child’s choice.” This essentially gives children the right to listen to rock music, watch television, and even have access to pornography.
- Furthermore, children are guaranteed the “freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.” This will give children the right to object to their parents’ religious training and participate in religious services of other cults.
- The child under the Treaty would have the “right to freedom of association.” Parents would be prevented from prohibiting their children from associating with certain other children or gangs.
- A child will be given a “right of privacy,” which of course would open the door for children to get access to abortion over their parents’ objection. This would virtually invalidate all parental notification laws concerning abortion.
- Public education for the first time would be a “right” to all children of the United States under the UN Convention. Parents interfering with the child’s right to choose public education would be violating his rights and could be subject to prosecution.
- Under the Treaty, governments must enforce the right of the child to “freely participate in cultural life and arts.”
- Cohen and Davidson in the American Bar Association treatise indicate that Article 27 would require the United States to increase massive social welfare programs for children.
President Clinton signed the treaty, but it would take ratification by the Congress in order for this monstrosity to be ratified. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is already pushing for its ratification and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is very much in favor of it. It is believed that Pres. Obama would support its ratification.