Friday, September 12, 2014

Farris: New Foundation To Support Parental Rights

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Sept. 9, 2014

Farris: New Foundation To Support Parental Rights

Dear Champion of Parental Rights,

I write to share with you an exciting opportunity to advance the cause of parental rights in a new and important way. And I need your help to make it happen.

Our goal remains focused. We want to place permanent protections for parental rights into the Constitution of the United States. We have also advanced selective interim goals that are vitally important, including the defeat of United Nations treaties that would harm parental liberties.

Our efforts thus far have been focused on getting people who support parental rights to call their elected officials to enact legislation.

It has become apparent that we need to devote additional efforts to informing the American public about our issue. If more parents know the true state of parental rights in our law and judicial practice, then more parents will join in our efforts to protect parental liberty.

Our efforts will be successful only when enough parents wake up, stand up, and speak up.

Accordingly, we have decided to launch a project to dramatically expand both our research and public communications on parental rights.

ParentalRights.org is a 501(c)(4) organization. That means that the organization itself is tax exempt, but because we do a lot of lobbying, we cannot grant tax deductions to our donors.

Education, research, and litigation, however, can legitimately be funded by organizations that are both non-profit and tax deductible.

So we are launching a sister organization: Parental Rights Foundation. This foundation will be a 501(c)(3) organization, which means that donations made to the Foundation are tax deductible. It will not engage in lobbying but only in research, education, and other activities appropriate for such organizations.

The Parental Rights Foundation will allow us to:

  • Produce scholarly “White Papers” on various aspects of parental rights
  • File “friend of the court” briefs to provide legal insight to judges in important cases such as that of the Pelletiers in Massachusetts
  • Conduct public campaigns through seminars, meetings, social media, and traditional press to ensure that a far greater percentage of parents and policymakers understand the threats that are rising daily in our nation
  • Produce new articles, videos, and blogs that can be shared through social media to help our grassroots members participate in this new campaign of public awareness and education
While we have been educating the public and policymakers to some degree already, our capacity to do so is limited by lack of resources.

Both organizations will need funding, because ParentalRights.org will continue our growing legislative and lobbying efforts. But launching the Foundation will allow a substantial part of our efforts to come through gifts that are tax deductible.

Whenever I speak to live audiences about parental rights, the response is strong and positive. When people learn the truth, they want to help.

It is impossible for me to physically stand before enough audiences to educate all the people we need. We must expand our educational efforts in a big way.

My hope is that the Parental Rights Foundation will become the leading authority for parental rights policy in America, the go-to place for everyone from parents to educators to lawmakers.

Educating the public will lead to more widespread support. And the support of the American public is essential for a project of this magnitude.

Will you help me with this effort? For the first time, we can offer you a tax deduction for any gift that you are able to make to help us launch the Parental Rights Foundation.

In order to hit our launch goals – to crank up our research, get our first articles written, and launch a new website to feature the results – I need to raise $100,000 for the Foundation! If you can, send your best gift to help get this effort off the ground.

When people learn the truth about governmental attacks on families, they will respond. People will get it: If the government attacks one good family, they can attack my family as well.

If we want to protect our freedom, we need more informed allies. The Parental Rights Foundation is the tool that can help us achieve that end.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Michael Farris
President


P.S. We have a groundbreaking opportunity. The Parental Rights Foundation will be the only national organization in the United States dedicated to promoting parental rights policies based on time-tested principles of freedom. It could change the face of parental rights in America. Please, if there’s any way you can, help us launch the Foundation with your most generous tax deductible gift toward our $100,000 goal.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Let Us Share Your Story with Congress

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Sept. 4, 2014

Let Us Share Your Story with Congress

ParentalRights.org President Michael Farris will be providing testimony on the Parental Rights Amendment before the Constitution Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee next Tuesday, September 9, and he would like to include your story.

Have you ever had a doctor or other medical professional (dentist, orthodontist, ophthalmologist, etc.) interfere with your parental rights? Perhaps they prevented you from accompanying your minor child into the treatment room for care. Perhaps they overrode your decisions regarding what is best for your child. Perhaps they called in the state because you sought a second opinion.

If you have had an experience of this sort, however basic or egregious, please send a brief summary to stories@parentalrights.org as soon as possible. You don’t have to write a long letter or include a ton of details. Just let us know what happened so that we can show Congress just how quickly this problem is growing, and just how far it has spread.

If you would also like to help fund our on-going efforts, you can secure a $5-monthly membership (or just $50 per year – a 16% savings) and receive two Elite Member Benefits packages – the current package on Menu Planning, and (fittingly enough) our package on Parental Rights in the Medical Setting. (If you already have a membership or don’t want one, you can make a general donation here.)

Thank you for your help as we prepare to take the issue of your parental rights to the very halls of Congress on September 9!

Sincerely,

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research
 

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Great News! PRA Goes to Subcommittee September 9

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Sept. 2, 2014

Great News! PRA Goes to Subcommittee September 9

The Constitution Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on House Joint Resolution (HJRes.) 50, the Parental Rights Amendment (PRA), on Tuesday, September 9. Given that Congress is currently scheduled to be in session for only twelve work days before recessing again for the November elections, this hearing on only the second day communicates the importance of the resolution. The measure enjoys the support of 79 cosponsors, including Rep. Trent Franks, the chairman of the subcommittee. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) is the measure’s lead sponsor.

“I’m pleased that my colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee will consider the Parental Rights Amendment. This is an incredibly important milestone. The Parental Rights Amendment will ensure that child-rearing decisions are not made by faceless bureaucrats but by parents who love their children and know them best,” Congressman Meadows said.

This will mark the second consecutive session of Congress in which the PRA has been taken up by the subcommittee. The same subcommittee held a hearing on HJRes. 107 in July of 2012 during the 112th Congress.

“It is encouraging to know that in the midst of so many other important matters that Congress is dealing with, they have not lost sight of the importance of families,” says ParentalRights.org president Michael Farris. “Parental rights is ‘perhaps the oldest of the fundamental liberty interests recognized by [the Supreme] Court,’ but recent erosion of this liberty demands that we act to preserve it for our posterity.”

Farris, who boasts 30-plus years of experience as a constitutional lawyer and serves as chancellor of Patrick Henry College in Virginia, will be one of the expert witnesses to speak at the hearing on behalf of the Amendment. ParentalRights.org staff also plan to be in attendance.

Action Items

1. Call on your congressman to cosponsor the Parental Rights Amendment. The 79 cosponsors are listed at 4pra.us/House. If your congressman is not on the list, please contact his or her local office – or reach their D.C. office through the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 – and ask that he or she contact Martha Van Lieshout in Mark Meadows’ office to sign on as a cosponsor.

Feel free to use your own words, of course, but a sample message follows:

I support the Parental Rights Amendment, which is House Joint Resolution 50. I am glad to see that HJRes. 50 is being taken up by the Constitution subcommittee next week, and that it already has 79 cosponsors. I would like to encourage my congressman to sign on as a cosponsor of the measure as well. The lead sponsor is Mark Meadows of North Carolina, and the contact person in his office is Martha Van Lieshout. I urge my congressman to take this stand to protect the right of loving parents to make decisions for their children without undue government interference.
2. Support our efforts with a membership to ParentalRights.org. If you are not already a member, why not join today? Your $5 monthly donation – or discounted $50 annual donation – will not only entitle you to all the great information in our monthly Elite Member Benefits packages, but will also fuel our efforts to protect parental rights.

Only with the help of donors just like you have we been able to introduce the Parental Rights Amendment in both houses of Congress and get it to this subcommittee hearing. Only with your generosity have we been able to stand against the push to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to warn you about dangers like the national student database associated with Common Core, and to inform you of grievous parental rights cases like that of Justina Pelletier.

With your support, we will continue this vital cause until your parental rights are permanently secured in the Constitution.

September 9 will be an exciting day in the struggle for parental rights, and we are grateful for the chance to share this victory with you!

Sincerely,

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research
 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Members Fuel Fight to Save Parental Rights

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Aug. 26, 2014

Members Fuel Fight to Save Parental Rights

They’re after our kids – the judges, the bureaucrats, the internationalists, the big government elites – and they seem to think they can make better decisions for our children than we can. And they know – they know – that if they can shape the hearts and minds of this next generation, there will soon be no one left to resist them at all.

The only thing stopping them is you. Your constitutional right to direct the upbringing, education, and care of your children is all that stands between your child and the bureaucrats’ dreams-come-true. But your rights, as you know, are eroding.

That is why your membership in ParentalRights.org is so important. As always, your donation funds the only national level organization standing up to protect your parental rights to guard your child’s heart and mind for a free and secure future.

But now your membership is beneficial to you in the present, as well. That’s because every month we offer Elite Member Benefits in the form of print outs, e-books, or informative interviews to help you be the best parent you can be – and exercise your rights to the full – right now.

"Love the ID kits!" -- Joy D., NY
For only $5 a month, or a discounted $50 one-time annual fee, you will receive a code once a month to your free Elite Member Benefits download. This month’s topic is Internet Safety, featuring a video interview with Enough Is Enough’s Donna Rice Hughes, as well as some handouts and coupons to help you protect your children online.

Coming in September – only a week away – is a package on Menu Planning to help busy parents like you make the most of your budget as you provide for your children. Food may not be a “cool” or “trending” parenting topic, but it’s vitally important – a part of every day!

"Thanks so much for your help!" - Donna A., NC
What’s more, we have made our July packet on Parental Rights in the Medical Setting a permanent part of every membership as well. Join today and you will have access to all three packages in less than a week! (September package becomes available Monday, September 1.)

By joining now, you will bring these benefits directly to your inbox on a monthly basis. Even more important, you will fund the vital but costly work of ParentalRights.org as we strive to protect your rights against intrusive U.N. treaties, activist judges, and encroaching legislation and regulations. Only with your help can we persevere until the Parental Rights Amendment is adopted and your rights are secured.

"We really appreciate it. We are a large family." Jennifer P., CA
So join today, then pass the message along.

You can also join our membership contest and earn rewards for enlisting your friends to join. So what are you waiting for? Only one more month in the contest, and only one more week to get your August Elite Membership packet for a safer internet experience.

Thank you for joining with us financially as we strive to protect parental rights now and for generations to come.

Sincerely,

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research


P.S. – This is also the last week of August recess, and the last week to call or visit your Senators while they’re in your state and urge them to oppose the CRPD. Click here for details.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Urgent: Hold the Line against CRPD

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Urgent: Hold the Line against CRPD

Former Republican Senator Bob Dole has been pushing his former colleagues in the Senate to support the U.N.’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). He knows the treaty is about 2 votes short, and he is applying all the pressure he can to get those 2 votes.

It is imperative now more than ever that we continue to hold the line so that those last 2 votes do not cave. Your calls, emails, and visits may be the only thing giving them the backbone to stand up to the pressure and vote “No” to this treaty that would move domestic law to an international context and put your parental rights at risk.

Please take a moment today to call or email your Senators and urge them to oppose this treaty. If you already called, call them again. Or even better – there may still be time to schedule a visit while they are in your state until the end of the month.

Your message can be as simple as the following:

I am calling to urge my senator to vote “No” on ratification of the CRPD. We do not need to ratify any treaty that purports to direct our domestic policy. Only Americans should make law for Americans. Even if the content of this treaty were perfect – and I have concerns that it is deeply flawed – an international treaty is no way to pass American domestic law. Treaties should deal with how nations treat other nations, not how my government governs me or my family. Thank you.
You can find your senators’ contact information by clicking on their website links on your state page. You can get there by clicking on your state at parentalrights.org/states.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to take a vital stand for parental rights and American freedom.

Sincerely,

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research
 

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

'If Our Politics Become Corrupt...the Pulpit is Responsible for It' -Charles Finney


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'If Our Politics Become Corrupt...the Pulpit is Responsible for It' -Charles Finney

29-year-old attorney, Charles Finney saw so many Scripture references in Blackstone's Law Commentaries that he bought a Bible.

On October 10, 1821, he decided to head into the woods near his home, saying:

"I will give my heart to God, or I never will come down from there."



After several hours, he returned to his office, later writing:

"The Holy Spirit...seemed to go through me, body and soul... Indeed it seemed to come in waves of liquid love, for I could not express it in any other way."



The next morning, at his law office, a church deacon suing a fellow-church member asked Finney about his case. Finney replied:

"I have a retainer from the Lord Jesus Christ to plead his cause, and cannot plead yours."



Finney began presenting the Gospel with a convincing lawyer's argument.

He would pray using common, colloquial language rather than in formal, traditional King's English.



Charles Finney began the tradition of an 'altar call' in his 1830 revival in Rochester, New York:

"I had found, that with the higher classes especially, the greatest obstacle to be overcome was their fear of being known as anxious inquirers. They were too proud...

Something was needed, to make the impression on them that they were expected at once to give up their hearts;

something that would call them to act, and act as publicly before the world, as they had in their sins;

something that would commit them publicly to the service of Christ...


I had called them simply to stand up in the public congregations...to bring them out from among the mass of the ungodly, to a public renunciation of their sinful ways, and a public committal of themselves to God."



Finney's revival preaching paved the way for evangelists Dwight L. Moody, Billy Sunday and Billy Graham.



Charles Finney's 1835 Revival Lectures inspired George Williams to found the YMCA-Young Men's Christian Association-in 1844.



Finney inspired William and Catherine Booth to found what would be called The Salvation Army in 1865.



Charles Finney formed the Benevolent Empire, a network of volunteer organizations to aid poor and aged with healthcare and social needs, which in 1834 had a budget rivaling the Federal Government.



Finney organized the Broadway Tabernacle in New York in 1831.



While Charles Finney was president of Oberlin College, 1851-1866, it was a station on the Underground Railroad smuggling slaves to freedom.


Under his leadership, Oberlin College granted the first college degree in the United States to a black woman, Mary Jane Patterson.

Charles Finney died AUGUST 16, 1875.

Concerning the Kingdom of God, he wrote:

"Every member must work or quit. No honorary members."

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In his article, 'The Decay of Conscience' published in THE INDEPENDENT of NEW YORK, December 4, 1873, Charles Finney wrote:

"Christ crucified for the sins of the world is the Christ that the people need.

Let us rid ourselves...of neglecting to preach the law of God until the consciences of men are asleep.

Such a collapse of conscience in this land could never have existed if the Puritan element in our preaching had not in great measure fallen out..."



Finney continued:

"If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree.

If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it.


If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.

Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation."



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In Lecture XV 'Hindrances to Revival' (Revival Lectures, 1855), Charles Finney wrote:

"The church must take right ground in regard to politics.

Do not suppose, now, that I am going to preach a political sermon, or that I wish to have you join and get up a Christian party in politics.

No, I do not believe in that. But the time has come that Christians must vote for honest men, and take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord will curse them.

They must be honest men themselves, and instead of voting for a man because he belongs to their party, Bank or Anti-Bank, Jackson, or Anti-Jackson, they must find out whether he is honest and upright, and fit to be trusted.

They must let the world see that the church will uphold no man in office, who is known to be a knave, or an adulterer, or a Sabbath-breaker, or a gambler...

Every man can know for whom he gives his vote. And if he will give his vote only for honest men, the country will be obliged to have upright rulers..."



Finney continued:

"The church must act right or the country will be ruined.

God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the church will take right ground.

Politics are a part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God.


It seems sometimes as if the foundations of the nation were becoming rotten, and Christians seem to act as if they thought God did not see what they do in politics.

But I tell you, he does see it, and he will bless or curse this nation, according to the course they take."

    
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