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The Child: America's Battle for the Next Generation, Watchman Cinema 2010, 90 min., $15.

There was a time not so long ago when it was understood that parents have a fundamental right to make decisions about their children's education, medical treatment, disciplinary measures, and faith and lifestyle practices.

Many Americans are unaware that these basic parental rights are under serious assault. The Child is a great resource to get up to speed on the issue and find out how to stop the nanny state from wresting the upbringing of the next generation from parents.

At issue is who determines what is best for a child — government or United Nations bureaucrats or parents? Timely public engagement on this issue is important because there is a renewed push for the U.S. to ratify the insidious U.N.-sponsored Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Just last month the Obama administration told the U.N. that it "intend[s] to review how we could move towards [CRC] ratification."

What could be so bad about a treaty that is purportedly concerned to protect the rights of powerless children? According to Michael Farris, constitutional attorney and founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, the primary tenet of the treaty is that government decides what is best for a child on any and every matter. The second tenet is that a child of any age gets to decide what he wants, unless a government bureaucrat overrules him.

If this all sounds far-fetched, consider that some U.S. judges have already cited the CRC as customary law even though the U.S. has not ratified the treaty. In Washington state, a 13-year-old boy complained that he had to go to church three times a week. A judge ruled that he only had to go to church with his parents once a week.

In 2006, a court ruled that parents who send their kids to public school "abandoned [their] responsibility to the State." Under this rationale, a Massachusetts father spent a night in jail for trespassing on school property. His crime was insisting that his kindergarten son be able to opt out of a lesson that included offensive sexual material.

The documentary proposes a solution to the trampling of parental rights in the form of a Parental Rights Amendment to the Constitution, and explains why supporters believe only a constitutional amendment can stem the tide of secular, statist control over the parent-child relationship. Visit www.TheChildDocumentary.com to buy a DVD or get more information.

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