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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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Homeschoolers Launch Alternative to Film School and Hollywood

Posted by Job on March 2, 2008

My note: I have long criticized Christians that complain about the losing the culture war are hypocrites. Why? Because they DO NOT do things like this. It is also interesting that they are following the lead of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, who exposed these religious right phonies for what they were by making two movies, Flywheel (the better of the two) and Facing The Giants (also pretty good), for less than $150,000 apiece using local talent – including church members – and the same equipment that they use to film their services. That is right, Sherwood Baptist made two movies, one of which was distributed by Sony and made $13.5 million dollars (of which its maker and the church received virtually none, though it did result in a distribution deal for the church’s subsequent movies, one of which is filming right now) for a tiny percentage of the money that these people that can be described by using the preferred term of Melvin Jones (though I myself personally refrain) throw away on SOME of their fancy cars, homes, furs, diamonds, ANTIQUE TOILETS (Joyce Meyer), and some of the other types of things that appear in the Charles Grassley megapreacher investigation (which I initially did not support but was convinced that it did involve abuse of the 501c3 laws, which churches should not be submitting to state regulation under in the first place). Even better: A FRACTION of the hundreds of millions that is raised and spent in all of these “reclaiming America” religious right political activities, including the $1 million that was raised for Mike Huckabee’s FAILED presidential campaign in Kenneth Copeland’s pulpit, COULD BE USED TO PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE DOZENS OF QUALITY CHRISTIAN FILMS A YEAR! Now I do have some issues with Patrick Henry College that I will not go into, but they nonetheless are demonstrating by their own works how the religious right is nothing but a spiritual deception. Just about the only conservatives that have actually done something other than use the culture wars as an extortion racket are Philip Anschutz, the Colorado billionaire that has produced several family – oriented major motion pictures, and Oregon billionaire Robert Pamplin, who produced children’s videos. Even there, Anschutz’s movies do not reflect or support Christianity in any sense (even the amorphous “Christian values”), and Pamplin’s videos, including most notably Bibleman (whom Pamplin sold off to Thomas Nelson, the venerable Bible publishing house now owned by a secular company) were only marketed to Christians. Now I am not holding this against all Christians, for if there is a case that the Bible commands Christians to make and distribute movies, you will have to find someone else to make it. (I only propose that the Bible certainly does not FORBID such a thing, and that if done correctly it can win people to Jesus Christ and edify the faithful. IF done correctly, as The Passion Of The Christ and virtually anything produced by TBN’s film studio would not qualify.) I am only speaking of the people whose (VERY LUCRATIVE) profession has been to tell everyone about how Hollywood is perverting the world for the past 30 years. You liars, thieves, frauds, sinners, generation of vipers, woe unto you for Patrick Henry College, despite all of their problems, is exposing you for what you are!

Homeschoolers Launch Alternative to Film School and Hollywood

Homeschoolers Launch Alternative to Film School and Hollywood
by Press Release : Feb 29, 2008 : Advent Film Group, Christian Newswire adventfilmgroup.com/Home.html

“We are training students who will one-day direct big-budget films with moral integrity and fidelity to a Biblical worldview.”

Come What May filmAdvent Film Group (AFG), a new film company founded by homeschoolers recently completed “pickup” filming of their first movie, Come What May in Purcellville, Virginia. The movie has garnered wide attention because it features Patrick Henry College (PHC), a national powerhouse in debate and moot court competition. The movie centers on two PHC students who battle to overturn Roe v. Wade at the National Moot Court Championship. They are coached by Dr. Michael Farris, the real-life founder and Chancellor of PHC and a high-profile homeschooling advocate. This is the first of five movies planned by Advent.

With a cast/crew of 40 homeschooled students led by film professionals, AFG’s movies are similar to Facing The Giants in scale, budget, and aspirations. AFG’s national network of supporters, now several hundred homeschooling families strong (and growing); will help promote the film’s release in late Spring 2008.

Homeschooled students and their parents, interested in rebuilding culture for Christ in cinema, have sought out AFG as an alternative to film school. “This fulfills part of AFG’s mission,” says Ex-Discovery executive and AFI producing fellow George Escobar, a homeschooling dad. “We are training students who will one-day direct big-budget films with moral integrity and fidelity to a Biblical worldview.”

Unlike film schools where students pay large tuitions to make short or student films, AFG productions are feature-length from the start, giving the completed film immediate market value. AFG actually pays college students a small stipend even as they are trained, earn professional credits, and receive profit-participation points.

Escobar explains, “We’re doing this because film schools aren’t working sufficiently for Christian filmmakers.” Escobar claims, “The status-quo is clearly broken, otherwise big-budget faith-based or Christian-authored movies like Amazing Grace or Narnia would be directed by Christian directors, unless you finance the film yourself as Mel Gibson had to do for Passion of the Christ.”

AFG is also building a movie distribution system from within the homeschooling, pro-life/pro-family communities. Rather than sharing film revenues strictly with traditional distributors, AFG seeks to channel movie revenue into Christian and family-based organizations. Escobar remarks: “Homeschoolers have already successfully turned the public education monopoly upside down; we will now do the same in cinema production and distribution.”

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