Thursday, July 24, 2008

Guard Your Children

WorldNetDaily had a very disturbing story today.

'Education Begins at Home Act' – HR 2343

HR 2343 is sponsored by Reb. Danny Davis (D-IL), and cosponsored by 55 Democrats and 11 Republicans. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that implementing the Education Begins at Home Act would cost taxpayers $190 million for state home visiting plus "such sums as may be necessary" for in-hospital parent education.

"The federal definition of developmental screening for special education also includes what they call socioemotional screening, which is mental health screening," Effrem said. "Mental health screening is very subjective no matter what age you do it. Obviously it is incredibly subjective when we are talking about very young children."

While the program may not be mandatory for low-income and military families, there is no wording in the Education Begins at Home Act requiring parental permission for treatment or ongoing care once the family is enrolled – a point that leads some to ask where parental rights end and the government takes over. Also, critics ask how agents of the government plan to acquire private medical and financial records to offer the home visiting program.

I can just imagine the "socioemotional screening" including questions about Jesus or lesbians or miracles and then using and Judeo-Christian leaning answers as grounds for CPS to sweep in. Call me pessimistic, but the fact that no parental permission is required once you enroll is telling.

. . . when home visitors come into the home they assess everything about the family: Their financial situation, social situation, parenting practices, everything. All of that is put into a database."

Notice parenting practices are included. If you swat your kids, watch out. And is that "social situation" a bridge to the persistent homeschooling question of socialization?

"There's some blather in the language of the bill about having cultural awareness of the differences in parenting practices, but it seems like that never applies to Christian parents."

Now on to the second bill mentioned in the article.

The Pre-K Act, or HR 3289, is sponsored by Rep. Mazie Hirono (D HI), and cosponsored by 116 Democrats and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. Estimated to cost $500 million for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2013, the bill provides funds for state-approved education. Government workers would reach mothers and fathers in the hospital after a baby has been delivered to promote Pre-K programs.

As a side note, this is one more reason I would opt for an out-of-hospital birth. Now about this Pre-K Act.

"They give them information about Child Care Resource and Referral Network so they can get the child into a preschool or daycare that follows the state standards and get the mom working as quickly as possible."

If you aren't already aware of how detremental day care can be, please investigate DayCaresDon'tCare. Or you can read my pleas to parents here, here, and here.

And what are these state approved schools likely to teach? I would bet on gender confusing, morality blurring, evolutionist blather.

Let your representative know that you are against these bills.

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