In the past courts sided with parents unless there was evidence of child abuse or neglect, but that can no longer be guaranteed. Increasingly courts are not viewing parents as those who know best for their children and are siding more on the “rights of the child.” A Parental Rights Amendment to the US Constitution must be added in order to protect parental rights. Right now a bill has been introduced in Harrisburg that would go a long way to protecting parental rights. A rally in support of those rights will be held at the State Capitol on April 10th.
Christmas must be around the corner as assaults on the holiday are mounting. Can government entities put up a Christmas display that includes Baby Jesus? Can schools allow children to sing Christmas carols or students to hand out Christmas cards? You may be surprised by the answer!
As we celebrate this 229th anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution, we need to pray that this nation would once again have leaders such as George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.
Too many of us simply call it “the Fourth of July” and seemed to have forgotten the real reason this day is so special to the very existence of the United States. Fifty-six brave men, representing thirteen small colonies in the New World, placed their name upon a document declaring their independence from Great Britain – the world’s super power of that time period. Why would they do that?
Remember Justina Pelletier? She’s the 15 year old who was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease in 2012. In February 2013 she was taken to Boston’s Children’s Hospital because of the flu. There her diagnosis was replaced with somatoform disorder, a psychiatric condition. When her parents disagreed, Justina was removed from their custody and the next month a judge granted the Department of Children and Families permanent custody of Justina. Her regular medical team nor her parents were able to convince the State of Massachusetts that they were wrong. This nightmare went on for 490 days, while Justina’s physical condition continued to deteriorate. She is now safely home with her parents and under the care of her regular medical team.
Here in the US parents are losing the right to raise their own children.
On this date in 1787 the US Constitution was adopted by the Continental Convention in Philadelphia and ratified by conventions in eleven States. It went into effect on March 4, 1789.
Many, including our elected officials, don’t know what our Constitution says (which, by the way they took an oath to uphold!).