January 8, 2020

Rhetorical Assault on Families

A new year has begun and with it, a renewed assault on the family. You may be aware of the Dallas mother who is desperately trying to save her baby’s life. Doctors have determined that it is “in the best interest of the child” to cease life support and allow her to die. A judge has ruled the hospital may remove the life-sustaining treatment.

Texas Right to Life is spearheading a high-profile legal battle to save Tinslee’s life. THSC filed a brief in the case arguing that Tinslee’s parents have a God-given, constitutional right to raise Tinslee and make her medical decisions. Currently, the law allows the hospital to end Tinslee’s life-sustaining treatment even over the objections of her family.

On the homeschool front, a National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast on Jan. 2 included a discussion entitled “How Should We Regulate Homeschooling?”. Notice the question was not “if” we should regulate homeschools but “how” we should do so. The discussion followed a now-familiar pattern of arguing that homeschooling should be controlled by the state because of “safety” concerns.

The group making this argument pushed the same idea a couple of years ago in a long article in Texas newspapers, saying that Texas homeschooling laws were woefully inadequate to protect children.

Our response clarified that homeschoolers are far safer from abuse than are public school students and if we really want to address that issue we should focus on making public school students safer—not restricting the freedom of homeschool families.

It is clear that those who believe that parents have a God-given, fundamental right to raise their children as they see fit must be engaged in the political and policy-making process if we are to protect our children and families.

Please sign up for our updates as we approach the coming elections. If we fail to elect people who agree that families should be free to raise their children, we will see the statist approach of NPR taking our freedom in the legislature.

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