Posted By Mrs. Wayne Hunter on August 16, 2011
There is a movement in America called Parental Rights (http://www.parentalrights.org) that seeks to add an amendment to our nation’s Constitution that explicitly protects the right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children. The purpose of this article isn’t to argue points for this amendment, but to examine what rights parents have – all parents – compared to the rights of society in regards to children raised irresponsibly.
A great many, in fact the lion’s share, of our nation’s problems both economically and societally stem from irresponsible parenting, with parental imbalance, ignorance, selfishness, and immaturity ranking at the top. Our entire society suffers from children raised by such parents, because most often these children fail to be fully mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy during their child and adulthoods. Many will do “okay”, but doing okay isn’t thriving, and their lives have many problems which wouldn’t exist or would more easily be worked out if they were indeed as whole as God created them to be.
Someone has to work to make sure that children are as whole as possible so that they are and grow into contributing, building members of society. God created Dad and Mom – a husband and his wife – to do this job, and not only to do the job, but with the capacity for most to reach amazing success in the role. However, in large part, natural parents in the U.S. are failing to do this, so the government, through a multitude of health and social service programs, has stepped in. These programs cost tax payers a lot of money. In fact, it can easily be stated that U.S. tax payers, because of parental irresponsibility, now have a vested interest in the complete health and welfare of America’s children because their parents, in many cases, have literally passed the buck on child raising.
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