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Crosstalk 11/28/2012 U.N. Disability Treaty / News Round Up--Jim Schneider CD

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently said that the Senate would be giving consideration to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty (UNCRPD).  A vote could come any time this week.  
The name of this treaty sounds like a worldwide step-forward for those who suffer from disabilities.  However, if ratified, Article 7 of this treaty would establish a legal standard here in America that would override the traditional, fundamental rights of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children with special needs. In effect, this treaty would undermine our national sovereignty.

America already has the best disability laws in the world therefore ratification of this treaty just so that we can have a “seat at the table” of any U.N. discussions regarding disabled individuals is simply unnecessary.

Other stories Jim presented included:

--Senator John McCain is taking heat for communicating his desire to see a “truce” take
   place over the issue of abortion.  
--Jamie Fox calls President Obama “…our Lord and Savior” during the 2012 “Soul
   Train” Awards.
--A painting features President Obama posed as Jesus Christ crucified and is on display at
   a community college art gallery in Boston.
--For the fourth straight year, President Obama omits any direct statement thanking  
   God in his Thanksgiving address.
--A Maryland state lawmaker has asked the F.B.I. to impound two voting machines to
   determine whether there was a malfunction or something nefarious taking place during
   the presidential election.
--The “Heartbeat Bill” is fighting for its life in Ohio.
--This Friday the U.S. Supreme Court will be meeting and discussing whether or not to
   take up one or more of several petitions before them that are challenging the Defense of
   Marriage Act.
--House Republicans say they’ve done all they can in negotiations to prevent America
   from falling off the “fiscal cliff”.
--Hillary Clinton to deliver remarks at a State Department event celebrating the 20th
   anniversary of the launch of an organization representing gays and lesbians in the State
   Department and other government agencies.
--Madison, Wisconsin’s Freedom from Religion Foundation is challenging Buhler,
   Kansas, over a cross that exists in the town’s seal.  The F.F.R.F is claiming that the
   cross violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

More Information:

To contact your U.S. Senators regarding the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, call 202-224-3121 or go to www.senate.gov.

Ohio residents who wish to show their support for the “Heartbeat Bill” can call 800-282-0253.

To encourage Mayor Dan Freisen of Buhler, Kansas, to stand and fight for the city seal, call 620-543-5003.  More information can also be obtained by going to http://www.buhlerks.org/

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