Another Attack on the Family

This will be the third post on attacks on my family coming from the UN and those who work for them.

The first was about the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child.  Then was the recent report on Right to Education (which you responded to wonderfully by the way) and this one is called Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

You will notice that the names of all of these things sound very positive and necessary.  The truth is that they are all detrimental to the family.

Family Watch International wrote a great report on the CEDAW and I urge you to read it.  I will quote from throughout my post for you who are short on time (though realistically, it’s only two pages, and the actual CEDAW treaty is much longer, so the report is for those short on time).

For those of you who don’t know.  A country can sign a UN treaty.  When they do that, they are saying “OK, I like where this is going, I may or may not have some issues with it, lets address those, but I am not making any promises as to whether I will follow this or like it at all in the future.”

When a country “ratifies” a treaty, it become national law.

The US signed the CEDAW treaty several years ago.  During the “Lame Duck” session of congress, the current majority is trying to ramrod ratification of the CEDAW before they have to hand over the reigns to the new majority.

It’s kind of like saying “well clearly, since I haven’t been reelected, the people don’t actually like what has been going on and what I have been supporting.  So I am going to do AS MUCH AS I CAN and push MY agenda before I don’t have any more power.  Screw the people.”

Some of you may not like that I said that.  That little red X in the corner of your screen will take you away from my blog and my opinions and my thoughts.  Get your own blog.  Problem solved.

I recently wrote a post for a homeschooling blog that I contribute to entitled We are Here! We are Here!  We are Here! In it, I mentioned how I feel oppressed.  Then I said

“But let me be perfectly clear.  I do not feel oppressed by my husband, my family, my friends, my chosen role as a woman, my church or my God.  Oddly enough, I am oppressed by those who would claim to be my liberators.”

These are my “liberators”.

The CEDAW has been called “the ERA on steroids” because it would intrude into virtually every area of family life including an all-out assault on motherhood, life, religion, family roles and parental rights.

Some examples:

• The CEDAW preamble calls for “a change in the traditional role of men as well as the role of women in society and in the family.”

• Article V requires ratifying countries “to modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women…with a view to achieving the elimination…of all other practices which are based on…stereotyped roles for men and women.” “Motherhood” is clearly one of these “stereotyped roles for women” that CEDAW seeks to eliminate.

• Ratifying it is a sneaky way to get the U.S. to support the adoption of the ERA because CEDAW also requires ratifying countries to “embody the principle of the equality of men and women in their national constitution or other appropriate legislation.”

Now before you start composing a nasty comment or email, hear me out.  I am in NO way saying that we shouldn’t be treated as equals.  All people, man, woman, black, white and purple are equally important, deserve equal respect, should have equal opportunity to reach their potential and are equally Children of God.  God has no “red-headed step child”.  And for those of you who don’t believe in God.  No, I don’t think that “society as a whole” should have “red-headed step children” either.  And if that does exist in our country, no amount of legislation will fix it.  All it will do is increase the various shades of red hair.

And for those of you who think that it isn’t a big deal, that these things are important and good for our country, here are a few examples of  mandates that the UN CEDAW compliance committee has issued to ratifying countries:

• Recommended “the decriminalization of prostitution in China.”

• Told Mexico to “address the matter of whether it intends to legalize prostitution” and urged it to provide “access to rapid and easy abortion.”

• Told the Czech Republic, it was concerned about their “over-protective measures for pregnancy and motherhood.”

• Told Belarus it was “concerned by the continuing prevalence of sex-role stereotypes and by the reintroduction of such symbols as a Mothers’ Day and a Mothers’ Award, which it sees as encouraging women’s traditional roles.”

• Criticized Slovenia because “less than 30 percent of children under three years of age…were in formal day care.”

These are the people who consider me a leech on society because I spend my time teaching my kids (you know, the FUTURE of the world) instead of behind a desk all day.  I already have to deal with constant criticism from peers and relatives who think I’m wasting my life and talent on my family.  Do I really need it from my government?  From “The Land of the Free”?  Under the CEDAW, I will no longer be free.

Another thing that the CEDAW (and a lot of people) does is completely ignore basic science, history and common sense!

We do not live in a genderless society.  Men and women are NOT the same.  And it’s not just about the plumbing either.  Matt and I are successful as human beings because we work together.  He makes me a better woman and I make him a better man.

Yes, I am perfectly capable of doing everything he can do just as he is perfectly capable of doing everything that I can do (and I draw the line at three comments on peeing standing up or giving birth, we all know that is not what I’m talking about).  But he IS better at somethings.  And I am better at other things.  We very rarely have anything that we both equally excel at.  That’s why we work together.

Sure I could build a bookcase or fix the car if I wanted to.  And I could certainly chop a couple cords of wood if the need arose.  Just as he could clean the house, feed our kids and spend all day teaching and giving them the knowledge and skills they need to get on in the world.

BUT he could chop that cord of wood much faster then I could.  And it takes me a fraction of the time to clean the house then it would take him.  He can fix the car without looking at the directions and he can build a bookcase without a pattern.  I can feed our kids faster and healthier without as much planning and I can exercise more patience and joy when dealing with four kids from sun up to sun down.

It’s not about equality, it’s about efficiency.  Stop pretending we are the same.  We aren’t.

We each fill the roles that we are each suited for so that we can quickly dispose of the necessities and have more time doing the things we want.  How is that bad?  Trust me, I am much happier in my home with my children around me then I could ever be in an office.  I know this because I sat in an office for years.

I’m not saying in any way that women shouldn’t have a job if they want to.  Or get equal pay!  I’m not saying that every woman should be a mother.  Nor do I believe that we shouldn’t be educated or exercise our right to vote or that we should have the same opinion as the men in our lives or that we should be beaten or discriminated against or any of those things that you are itching to say “But what about…” about.

The CEDAW is dangerous.  It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Please help.  Again go to Family Watch International and contact your senators just as you did for the Report on the Right to Education.

Don’t let them take away our rights as women by taking away our motherhood.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Heather B says:

    Re-posting! Re-posting!

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  2. Kira says:

    Yeah, I got Heather’s e-mail and jumped on that. It’s crazy!!

    I used some of the information from the lds.org website about ERA for my letter to my senators.

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  3. Erica says:

    Excellent post!!

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  4. Donna says:

    Courtney,

    I’m so intrigued by this. I admire your passion and conviction. But I fail to see how CEDAW is going to take away our motherhood. When you quote one of the goals as to eliminate practices that are based on stereotypes of men and women, and then state that clearly motherhood is one of the stereotypes they want to eliminate, that conclusion to me seems to be not only quite a big leap, but also nearly impossible. How in the world does one eliminate motherhood? Are you suggesting that the ultimate goal of CEDAW is to create a Brave New World-type dystopia where procreation and motherhood becomes obsolete? Are you worried that it will be illegal to stay at home with your children?

    Please don’t take this the wrong way; I’m really not trying to attack you or your opinions. I’m just trying to understand a little better. I know you said that if someone doesn’t like what you are saying they can stop reading, but that hardly encourages a good, healthy discourse, which is what I hope you will take this as. I do love a respectful political discussion between intelligent women. ;)

    (I’m also wondering about the times you have had to deflect criticism from your peers and family who think you are wasting your time and talents. Do people really say that to you? (If so, I certainly don’t agree with them!) I hate to have the “it’s never happened to me, therefore it must not happen to anyone” standpoint, so I’m really very interested as to how often you’ve felt attacked or criticized for your choices. Just curious!)

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  5. Courtney says:

    Hi Donna,

    I also enjoy a healthy discussion :) I was trying to keep nasty hateful comments and emails from coming my way, which, unfortunately happens all too often on my blog and I have to delete them. I, more then once, have been told how offensive I am and what a waste my life is. I have little patience for people who attack my right to free speech with name calling and hatefulness. Though I do enjoy a healthy debate :)

    I would suggest reading the book “Stand for the Family” by Sharon Slater. You would be amazed at what is going on behind the scenes. It’s a fairly short book and impossible to put down. I really like it because she only uses the facts and statistics and doesn’t use morality or her standards as a defense (though they are mentioned). There is a difference between Women’s Rights and the Women’s Right’s Agenda. Most people who support women’s rights don’t know about the agenda and wouldn’t support it if they did.

    One example, is there actually are people who say that legalized abortion will not only stop the spread of STD’s, suicide in teens, and Maternal Death. According to them, abortion is actually SAFER then giving birth, so that that is what we should be pushing for. These people also think that children would be far better off in day care then with their parents. Not to mention the extreme environmentalists, who want the human race to die off all together. Have you heard about the Chinese woman who was dragged from her house and forced to have an abortion during her eighth month? It was because it was her second child and China has that one child law. China HAS ratified the CEDAW and any UN treaties are meant to supersede any national law on the same subject. So under the theory that the CEDAW is supposed to protect women, that shouldn’t have been able to happen. He was a child they were excited about and were happy to have. The police drug her from her house, tied her down, injected poison into the baby in order to kill it and then had her give birth to the child they had just killed. Where was the UN then? China isn’t getting ANY criticism from the CEDAW compliance committee. This law is intended to create injustice and discrimination rather then prevent it.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/10/21/chinese-woman-forced-abort-month-old-fetus/

    I don’t think they are going to cook babies in incubators, but I do think that forced sterilization, forced abortion, compulsory public school and population control are just one step away. I also believe that they will take away any and all financial incentives for women to stay home. There aren’t a lot as it is, but the idea of married filing jointly with a greater standard deduction then married filing separately will be a thing of the past. I also think that it won’t be too long before there is a cap on the number of children you can deduct. I’m sure you may have noticed that when those stimulus checks came in the mail a few years ago, your husband and each of your kids got one, but you didn’t (unless you had an income).

    The reason it is so dangerous (other than what I have already mentioned) is because the UN doesn’t strictly follow the treaties when it decides what is and what is not legal. The “rights” they are demanding are so vague and the UN uses it’s ever evolving ideas of social issues to interpret the treaties. So 20 from now, we will be forced to comply with crazy ideas that wouldn’t have even occurred to the the extreme liberalists that wrote the treaty. Kind of like how our founding father’s weren’t talking about hunting when they created the 2nd amendment, but that is a standard debate argument to which our right to bear arms are often being held to today. They were talking about protecting ourselves, not fox hunting.

    I know that MOST people don’t agree with this kind of thing. Most people aren’t extreme and can’t fathom that people would actually support the points that the CEDAW and many others are pushing for. The problem is that the extremists are the ones that are writing the laws and treaties. The extremists are the one’s that are in charge of interpreting it. We have a very small, very vocal minority that is calling the shots for the rest of us. But since we don’t understand “the language”, we don’t know how bad they are. The secret is to read up and educate ourselves on the subjects. And to not let the extremists being the only people who are making noise. The rest of us need to be squeaky wheels.

    Sorry. I’m long winded and very passionate about this and tend to ramble :)

    Courtney

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