In a yet-to-be-released report by the Heritage Foundation, research fellow and former Bush administration official Patrick Fagan examines recent U.N. social policy, concluding it is harmful to traditional institutions.
Specifically, Fagan writes, “Few Americans or Members of Congress are aware that the United Nations is engaged in a campaign against the foundations of society — the family, motherhood and fatherhood, religions that espouse the importance of marriage and the traditional family, and the legal and social structures that protect them.”
According to a summary of the report by the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, known as C-FAM, Fagan believes the U.N. uses international treaties and U.N. implementing committees to force countries to change their domestic laws and constitutions to adopt policies that will ultimately make women and children more, not less, vulnerable.
Committees in the United Nations are attempting to remove prohibitions on prostitution, make abortion a “demand right” protected by national and international law, de-emphasize the role of mothers by increasing incentives for them to work rather than stay at home to care for their children, expand children’s rights and reduce parents’ authority and change religious rules and customs that impede its efforts, summarized C-FAM.
Its actions violate the United Nations’ charter, claims Fagan, which states: “Nothing contained herein shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter.”
C-FAM found religious freedom violation of particular concern.
“The Heritage report points out that the U.N. committee in charge of the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) criticized Ireland for the influence the Catholic Church has on public policy. CEDAW also criticized the government of Italy for allowing medical doctors to use religious conscience clauses to opt out of performing abortions,” wrote the group’s president, Austin Ruse.
But Heritage and C-FAM aren’t the only organizations with an eye on the United Nations. Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly reports on her website a comprehensive listing of U.N. actions with which the United States has agreed under the leadership of Bill Clinton.
The International Criminal Court has the power to try individuals rather than using the long-existing World Court which can adjudicate disputes only among nations.
“The ICC would be extremely dangerous to Americans because Americans tried by the ICC would not have the protections of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights guarantees of due process. The ICC puts all U.S. servicemembers stationed overseas at risk of prosecution on trivial or malicious charges,” writes Schlafly.
Another example of U.S./U.N. agreements is the Kyoto Protocol to the Framework Convention on Climate Change, which requires the U.S. to reduce energy consumption to 7 percent below 1990 levels. Under the treaty, however, European nations are able to average consumption numbers among the European Union countries, and it would impose no limitations at all on 130 “developing” nations including China, India and Mexico. Additionally, U.S. fossil-fuel-burning plants are encouraged to relocate to restriction-free countries, “thus moving a million jobs overseas,” Schlafly states.
Then there’s the World Heritage Convention, which granted special powers to the U.N. agency called UNESCO to designate selected American historical items as “world heritage sites” and to develop regulations and policies concerning their use. According to Schlafly, “The 22 sites already marked by UNESCO include some of America’s greatest treasures: Independence Hall, the Statue of Liberty, President Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and Yellowstone National Park.”
The Phyllis Schlafly Report also lists numerous Clinton executive orders. “Some are unconstitutional attempts to expand federal power over the states. Some are attempts to implement Clinton’s global agenda. Some are federal grabs of property that belongs either to the states or to private landowners,” says the veteran government watchdog.
While Schlafly’s report can be viewed at the Eagle Forum website, Fagan’s report is scheduled to be released soon. That latter includes a series of recommendations to Congress and President George W. Bush, urging a new U.S. policy that would support governments trying to resist pressure from the United Nations and other governments to adopt what it calls “radical” social policy.
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