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United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Being Used To Attack Christian Homeschoolers In Botswana, Africa

Posted by Job on September 8, 2010

UN Treaty Used to Threaten Homeschool Families
Contact: Ian Slatter, Home School Legal Defense Association, 540-338-8663

PURCELLVILLE, Va., Sept. 7 /Christian Newswire/ — This week the fate of four homeschooling families will be decided in Botswana. The families, adherents to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, have been ordered by a judge to send their children to public school.

Despite the judges’ findings indicating that the children were cared for and that the parents took steps to provide for the education of their children, they still need to go to public school because Botswana has acceded to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The legal standard under the UNCRC is the “best interests of the child.” In other words, the state has the authority to determine how children should be raised and educated.

“HSLDA has warned about the danger of the UNCRC to homeschooling families. It gives almost unlimited powers to judges to decide how children should be raised,” said Mike Donnelly, Director of International Relations for HSLDA. “We are asking our 85,000 member families to contact the Botswana Embassy and Office of the President of Botswana to protect these families’ basic rights to decide what is best for their children,” he added.

The Botswana families are determined to continue homeschooling. “I must obey God. The schools here are corrupt and teach my children things that go against our faith and our values. I cannot allow them to go to these schools,” said Mr. Modimoothata, a retired technician and father of four teenagers. His wife Margaret is a senior project manager for Botswana railways.

“We find the behavior of the Botswana police and courts outrageous and hope that more responsible leadership will be applied to remedy this situation without undue trauma to these children,” said Leendert Van Oostrum, Director of The Pestalozzi Trust, a South Africa-based homeschooling legal defense organization that is representing the families.

For more information, read the HSLDA article ”

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2 Responses to “United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Being Used To Attack Christian Homeschoolers In Botswana, Africa”

  1. Nelly said

    I agree with reformed theology. I have a hard time with reducing christianity to a 3 step program, and telling people Christ atoned for their sins personaly. That is not reformed. I thought we declare Christ died for sinners and believe in his atoning death and be saved. Spurgeon said we can’t make that guarentee to people that their sins were payed for personaly. Christ actually put away sin for the elect, and salvation isn’t just a chance for everyone to get saved, but a certainty for God’s elect. I really appreciate exposing the religious right. Man, they make me angry – playing both sides of the abortion issue like in american Saipan, and Pat Robertson’s endorsment of China’s forced abortion policy.Lastly, I love that line, “We accept God as He is.”

  2. Nelly said

    Why do u focus on demons. This is strange for reformed christians. We don’t believe in “the sovereinty of satan.” (There’s a demon under every table.)

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