Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 | Author:

If Barbara Boxer has her way, and it appears Obama and Hillary are in agreement with her, an 18-member U.N. committee of “persons of high moral character” will decide how you raise your kids.

She’s pushing hard for the U.S. to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, which creates “the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion” and outlaws the “arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy.”

“To the extent that an outside body, a group of unaccountable so-called experts in Switzerland have a say over how children in America should be raised, educated and disciplined — that is an erosion of American sovereignty,” said Steven Groves, a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

Parental rights groups are similarly stirred; they see in the U.N. convention a threat that the government will meddle with even the simplest freedoms to raise their children as they see fit.

“Whether you ground your kids for smoking marijuana, whether you take them to church, whether you let them go to junior prom, all of those things . . . will be the government’s decision,” said Michael Farris, president of ParentalRights.org. “It will affect every parent who’s told their children to do the dishes.”

Read it and weep.

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