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July 23, 2014

CRPD Passes Committee: Help Us Stop It Once Again!

The United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday by a 12-6 vote. That’s the bad news, and we need your support to halt this treaty that can now be brought to the Senate floor for a final vote at any time. A two-thirds majority is needed to provide consent for its ratification, meaning 34 “No” votes are enough to stop it – but they could be hard to come by.

Then there is good news, from a different and unexpected direction, which also requires immediate funding. Oklahoma’s new Parents’ Bill of Rights, signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin just last month, has prompted other organizations, including local school administrations, to reach out to for interpretation and application of the law. How do they need to shape their policies – especially those relative to data collection under the soon-defunct Common Core – to respect the rights of parents now called for under this statute? That they are looking to us as experts on this law creates a tremendous opportunity for us in that state.

These two recent events demand that we both fund and take immediate action in the effort to protect parental rights.

The CRPD’s passage out of committee greatly increases our need to have an on-going presence on Capitol Hill. We must make certain this treaty does not pass – whether brought to a full Senate vote, or sneaked through when nearly no one is on the floor (as Harry Reid attempted once before). We also need to increase calls to our senators urging them to vote “no.” (Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or click on your state at for your senators’ office numbers.)

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma development means we need to secure reviews of the law from legal experts explaining its application in several areas. Everything from public schools to child abuse investigations to medical decisions was covered by the bill, and providing solid guidance on each subject will allow us to stake our position as the go-to experts on parental rights.

To do either of these requires your generous donation today, and the fact is we need to do both. Please take a moment, dig deep, and give to help us drive the success we have enjoyed and defeat this dangerous treaty for perhaps the final time.

(The CRPD, like any treaty, can be brought back at any time. But if the Senate’s structure shifts this November as many pundits expect, the CRPD may not pose as great a threat for some time as it does right now.)

We must stop the Senate from giving away American sovereignty and enlisting the U.N. to set American domestic policy. And we need to step up as the parental rights experts in Oklahoma as well.

We know things are tight, and we greatly appreciate all of your past support. But we simply cannot win without you now. Please give today as we strive to keep our country free!


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Monday, July 21, 2014

American Minute with Bill Federer 'When a nation goes down...they forgot where they came from.' - Carl Sandburg

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'When a nation goes down...they forgot where they came from.' - Carl Sandburg 
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A son of Swedish immigrants who worked on the railroad, Sandburg left school after 8th grade, borrowed his father's railroad pass and traveled as a hobo.

Sandburg volunteered for military service, was sent to Puerto Rico in the Spanish-American War, and then attended college on a veteran's bill.

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In his Complete Poems, for which he won a Pulitzer, 1951, Carl Sandburg wrote:

"All my life I have been trying to learn to read, to see and hear, and to write.

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It could be, in the grace of God, I shall live to be eighty-nine...I might paraphrase:

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"When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from."

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America was founded by people who believed that God was their rock of safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it's all right to keep asking if we're on His side....

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Friday, July 18, 2014

First International Conference on Shared Parenting

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Bridging the Gap between Empirical Evidence and Socio-Legal Practice
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The International Conference on Shared Parenting on 9-11, July 2014 in Bonn, Germany under the theme "Bridging the Gap between Empirical Evidence and Socio-Legal Practice" was the first international and interdisciplinary gathering of scholars, practitioners and NGO representatives interested in the emerging paradigm of shared parenting in families in which parents are living apart. The conference was jointly chaired by the President of the International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP), Professor Edward Kruk, Canada, and Professor Dr. jur. Hildegund Sünderhauf, Lutheran University Nuremberg, Germany, and supported, among others, by the German Federal Ministry of Family (Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend/BMFSFJ).

A wide range of topics as well as perspectives on shared parenting were discussed and debated, leading to 6 major theses. "First of all," Professor Kruk, stated, "shared parenting — being defined as encompassing both shared parental authority and shared parental responsibility — is a viable post-divorce parenting arrangement. Thus national family law should at least include the possibility to give shared parenting orders." Nevertheless, "an accessible network of family relationship centres that offer family mediation and other relevant support services are critical in the establishment of a legal presumption of shared parenting, and vital to the success of shared parenting arrangements," Professor Sünderhauf underlined. "The above apply to the majority of children and families, including conflict families, but not to situations of substantiated family violence and child abuse." The Preliminary Conference Conclusions are available on the conference website:
The International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP) will offer conferences on an annual basis. The follow-up International Conference on Shared Parenting is scheduled for 28-30 May 2015 in Bonn, Germany.

Conference Conclusions:

  1. At the conclusion of our first International Conference on Shared Parenting the Scientific Committee has developed the following Consensus Statement:

  2. Keeping in mind that the main goal of our Council is to develop evidence-based approaches to the needs and rights of children whose parents are living apart, we established as the theme for our first conference, "Bridging the Gap between Empirical Evidence and Socio-Legal Practice". We drew around 100 delegates from 17 countries to our first conference, from the scientific, family profession and civil society sectors.

    This was the first such gathering of scholars, practitioners and NGO representatives interested in the emerging paradigm of shared parenting in families in which parents are living apart. A wide range of topics as well as perspectives on shared parenting were discussed and debated, and at the end of the conference we were challenged in regard to determining what sort of consensus emerged on a number of important issues that we discussed and debated. Read more...
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First Annual Conference of the International Council on Shared Parenting Met July 9-11, 2014 in Bonn, Germany

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National Parents Organization has actively supported the formation of a new professional society, the International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP). ICSP is based in Germany, and brings together researchers, child development experts, attorneys and judges from many countries, especially from Europe. It recently successfully completed its First Annual International Conference on Shared Parenting, drawing participants from 22 countries. View Ned's comments by clicking here. Read more...

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Rolling Stone, New York Channel Danielle Schreiber, Trash Jason Patric
July 17, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The anti-dad crowd is at it again. This time it’s Jason Patric who’s in their sights. Patric of course did the unforgiveable in their eyes; he won in court. So Rolling Stone Magazine dispatched a reporter to do a hatchet job on Patric (Rolling Stone, 7/15/14). That done, New York Magazine uncritically channeled its claims that, for the most part, were solely sourced to Patric’s ex, Gabrielle Schreiber (New York, 7/16/14). Gee, what could be more fair and balanced than that? Rolling Stone’s bias in the matter becomes clear just from Patric’s written response to their questions. Read more...

Heather MacDonald: A Little Right, A Lot Wrong on the Problem of Fatherless Kids
July 16, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Here’s a good, and not so good, piece by Heather MacDonald in the Wall Street Journal (Wall Street Journal, 7/8/14). It’s part of a series of short pieces by various luminaries under the general title “Ideas for Renewing American Prosperity.” MacDonald rightly argues we must “Encourage Two-Parent Families.” Here’s what she has to say:. Read more...

Georgia Court: More Indigent Fathers not Entitled to Lawyers When Facing Child Support Jail
July 14, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Two years ago in Turner v. Rogers, the United States Supreme Court ruled that indigent non-custodial parents who’ve failed to pay all they owe in child support do not have the right to a court-appointed lawyer to represent them. As I discussed here, that decision was based in part on Justice Breyer’s fantasies about the nature of child support enforcement hearings. Specifically, he imagined that, perhaps, judges in those hearings might assist indigent litigants in producing the type of evidence and arguments that might allow them to avoid jail as by proving they have no assets with which to pay. Read more...

National Public Radio Gets It on Absent Dads
July 13, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The news media get so much wrong about fathers, families and children, it’s always nice when they get it right as National Public Radio did here (NPR, 7/8/14). Now, there are certainly some things amiss with the article, but, on par, it’s a pretty fair piece of work. Read more...

Scottish Law an Unprecedented Usurpation of Parental Authority
July 11, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The government of Scotland has established a program of intervention into family life and parental decision-making that is unprecedented in Western culture. Here’s one article (Spiked, 6/25/14). The law, entitled the Children and Young People Act, goes into full effect in August, 2016, but has already done so in certain areas. It requires local governmental authorities to establish a “Named Person Service. Read more...

Latest Domestic Violence Study Stands Gender Feminism on its Head
July 10, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.This past Monday I posted a piece about a new study of domestic violence out of the United Kingdom. There’s not a lot new in it, but it certainly corroborates what we already know — that women are as likely or more likely to hit their intimate partners as are men. But the study itself is considerably more than that. For one thing it gives some of the history of feminism’s attempt to make DV a gendered issue, the frank dishonesty of that attempt and its utter failure. Read more...

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