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Apparently some activist judges are interpreting this so-called "customary international law" to fit their agenda against homeschooling. Figures. Why, because a public school brainwashes better to their liking? Puh-leese!
I have homeschooling parents in the choir - they're great parents who have brought up great kids. Is that what society is afraid of? Making good kids? Making good Catholics out of kids?
Under Article 14, children are guaranteed "freedom of thought, conscience and religion," which suggests they have a legal right to object to all religious training. Further, under Article 15, the child has a right to "freedom of association."
"If this measure were to be taken seriously, parents could be prevented from forbidding their child to associate with people deemed to be objectionable companions," the HSLDA report explained.
So, if my kid has a friend who's a known bad influence, I have no right as a parent to keep this bad influence away??? BULL $&!^!
Farris argues, according to LifeSiteNews, that "by the same reasoning, parents would be denied the ability to homeschool their children unless the government first talked with their children and the government decided what was best. This committee would even have the right to determine what religious teaching, if any, served the child's best interest."
WHAT??? Since when does the government decide what religious teaching a child is to get? Why do think our forefathers came to this country? So we could choose our religion for ourselves and for our children. This is known as freedom OF religion. That was one of THE basic principles in our country. What these activist judges and other similar types that creep me out are trying to push is freedom FROM religion. That's two different things. What next? Abolish Catholic schools, too?
As for the homeschooling parents I work with as choir members, and their children, and all Catholic homeschooling families, keep up your great work! I'll be praying for you.