Why I Fear an Obama Presidency

Friday, May 23, 2008

In his May 12 op-ed, "McCain's Christian Problem," Robert D. Novak used a single, unnamed source to insinuate that I favor an Obama presidency because it would bring biblical judgment for the country's sins.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Mr. Novak's unnamed source is flatly wrong. I have never said, nor do I believe, that electing Barack Obama president is a good idea for any reason, biblical or otherwise.

On the contrary, I have every reason to believe that an Obama presidency would be particularly harmful to the American family and the home-school community.

For starters, Mr. Obama supports ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, a treaty that would have disastrous consequences for the American family. The Committee on the Rights of the Child, the U.N. tribunal authorized to interpret and enforce the Children's Convention, sets forth an exhaustive index of children's rights, many at odds with the rights of parents. It has held, for instance, that Britain violated children's rights in Wales by allowing parents to withdraw their children from public school programs without first considering the children's wishes.

In other words, the United Nations has determined that the government will decide what is best for our children. This is the ultimate dream of elitists: They get to decide for all of us what is best for our own children. Mr. Novak and his unnamed source have ignited little more than uninformed, petty gossip.

MICHAEL FARRIS

Purcellville

The writer is chancellor of Patrick Henry College, where he teaches constitutional law. He is co-founder, chairman and general counsel of the Home School Legal Defense Association.


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