We believe the words of God in Deuteronomy 6:6-7:
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (KJV)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Just Keep Calling! #getinvolved UN CRPD Treaty

(from Michael Farris):
Daily update on the Senate/UN CRPD battle

The Democratic leadership stalled on the treaty ratification on the UN CRPD today. They have not yet filed the cloture petition. That is required to take the second of three required votes. There is a two day waiting period after filing the cloture petition before a vote can be taken on that step. Then another 30 hours must pass.
(I know this sounds like a Rube Goldberg scheme and it kinda is. Maybe there is an exception if a Senator hops across the Rotunda on a pogo stick. OK...humor period over...back to the analysis.)

What does this mean?

YOUR CALLS ARE MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE. We converted one of the "Yes" votes to a promised "NO" vote on final passage. I don't want to reveal the name publicly so that Harry Reid can lean on them. There are others leaning our way also.

Of course, we don't know if the other side has converted some of our votes. So, we absolutely have to keep the pressure on.

If there ever was a battle of the grassroots against the establishment--this is it. Keep fighting and keep praying. It is starting to look a lot like victory.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Update on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities #hslda

(from HSLDA)
 Preliminary vote on the UN CRPD gives both hope and targets for more calls!

Today the Senate took a preliminary vote on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The vote was on a “Motion to Proceed” which means that the Senate gave permission to begin debate to the treaty. As is often the case, this was a preliminary vote which tells us a great deal about the vote for final p

The vote was 61 to 36. Three Senators did not vote.

Every Democratic senator voted for the treaty—Blumenthal (D-CT) was absent and not voting.

The Republicans supplied several “Yes” votes for the Obama Administration on giving the UN some authority over America’s policies for disabled adults and children. The GOP senators supporting Obama’s UN push were: Ayotte (R-NH), Barrasso (R-WY), Brown (R-MA), Collins (R-ME), Hatch (R-UT), Lugar (R-IA), McCain (R-AZ), and Snowe (R-ME). Hatch was the biggest surprise in this group. Barrasso was a huge disappointment because of his supposedly conservative stance on issues, but his defection has been known for some time.

A good surprise was the Moran (R-KS) voted against the CRPD on this preliminary matter. Roberts (R-KS) and Kirk (R-IL) were absent.

I urge you all to send an EMAIL of thanks to the Republicans who voted against the CRPD. If your Senator is a Republican he voted against the CRPD unless mentioned specifically here.

I urge you all to call all of the other Senators yet again for their preliminary votes and urge them to change their mind and support the principle that Americans should make the law for America. While it is unlikely that Democrats will change their minds—they need to know that there is a price to pay for attacking American parents and giving away American self-government. Answering a couple more days of phone calls is a small price to pay for their decision to vote for the UN position.
Senator Reid has not yet filed the motion needed to take this bill to the next vote which will be for cloture. Thus, there will be two more votes before the treaty can be ratified. We do not know the timetable yet. Some delay til Thursday or Friday is likely.

We absolutely have to keep the pressure on.

But it is very important that you all send emails of thanks to the 36. The opposition will be urging their people to pour on the calls to these 36 hoping to move just two. Call the three who were absent.

If we can keep at least 34, the treaty will be defeated.

Shore up the good guys with emails. Call the others to account with phone calls. Try calling their local offices for a change of pace.

Thanks so much. You are making a difference. The Senate leadership promised that this treaty would be ratified by July 26. Your calls are the reason we are still in the fight.

They need to change two votes to win. We need to keep up our defense of freedom because no one else will.
~~Michael Farris
UPDATE from Michael Farris:
Here is the link for a video of the press conference on the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities held on Monday in the Senate with Senator Mike Lee, Senator Rick Santorum, and Michael Farris. 

After you watch the press conf
erence (it is 26 minutes or so long), I would urge you to contact the editors of the Washington Post to ask them to hold Dana Millbank to account for his utterly inaccurate portrayal of what happened at this press conference.

But most importantly, please keep on task to call the US Senators who need to change their votes to stop their intention to give away American self-government by ratifying this treaty.
Action: (link after the names of the Republicans to contact)
Article VI, Clause 2 of the US Constitution thus: "All treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be THE SUPREME LAW of the land . . . ." are you really prepared to allow the UN to make laws for America? If you are in any of these states, (Ayotte (R-NH), Barrasso (R-WY), Brown (R-MA), Collins (R-ME), Hatch (R-UT), Lugar (R-IA), McCain (R-AZ), and Snowe (R-ME). ) please call and show them you are against this treaty!!! http://action.hslda.org/congress/

Monday, November 26, 2012

Important Update: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

From Michael Farris-

TODAY, Monday, November 26, at 4:30 p.m., Senator Mike Lee, Rick Santorum, and I will hold a press conference concerning our efforts to stop US ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Obama Administration is going to make a concerted effort to get this treaty ratified during the lame duck session of Congress—probably before December 4.

The Obama Administration’s claim is that this treaty will not change the law of the United States but will only ensure that when disabled Americans travel abroad that they will enjoy the same handicapped access they have here. This is double nonsense.

First, ratified treaties are a part of the highest law of the land. (Read Article VI of the Constitution). Treaties override all state laws—and give Congress new and expanded jurisdiction when the treaties touch on matters that used to be within the control of the states.

Education laws—including homeschooling laws—are state laws. The treaty would override state laws on special needs issues concerning home schooling and would transfer all jurisdiction on this subject from the State to the federal government. And then the federal government would, in turn, be responsible to ensure that our law on this subject conforms to the standards of the UN.
That is how treaties work (remember that I have an LLM in Public International Law from the University of London).

The UN CRPD gives the government the power and the duty to make best interest of the child determinations for the education of every child with disabilities or special needs. New Zealand (which has ratified the UN CRPD) has a feature in its home education law which perfectly reflects the standard of this treaty. Its law states that the government has the ability to deny homeschooling in every case where the officials, in their discretion, believe that it would be in the child’s best interest to be in the public school’s special education program.

If you want to give up your rights to make your own decisions for your child, then support this treaty. But if you, the parent, believe that you should make the decision as to what is best for your child then you need to strongly oppose this treaty and come help us stop it.

The second argument is even more fallacious. The US ratification of this treaty will have absolutely no effect on handicapped access for Americans when they travel abroad.

I was recently in Berlin, Germany. There was no proper handicapped access for any bathroom in any restaurant that I visited—including the Burger King near a major tourist center. US ratification of this treaty won’t force Burger King to build more wheelchair ramps. Germany has already ratified this treaty and Burger King sees no need to build ramps. Why in the world would anyone think that German restaurants would comply with this treaty because the US government has ratified the treaty, when Germany’s ratification has produced no such effect?

Moreover, the idea that Americans will gain access when they are traveling but only if we ratify this treaty is nonsense. Would Burger King in Berlin say to an American in a wheelchair: “Sorry, your country hasn’t ratified this treaty so you can’t use our ramps”? Of course not.

Americans should make the law for America. And parents, not government, should make education decisions for children.
Both of these principles are under attack in this treaty. If you believe either or both of these principles please do two things:
1. Pass this message on to as many people as possible.
2. Call both of your US Senators TODAY and urge them to defeat the UN CRPD.

Monday, November 19, 2012

2013 CHEK Leadership Summit #savethedate

2013 CHEK Leadership Summit


Choose you this day whom ye will serve....
Joshua 24:15

Who: Support group or Co-Op leaders, Pastors, & people interested in starting a co-op or group
When: Saturday, February 02, 2013
Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Elizabethtown, KY
Location: Nolin RECC Conference Center
Cost: There is no charge for the event
Breakfast and lunch will be provided
Speakers and schedule to be announced soon....

Friday, November 16, 2012

What We Need Now ... Scholarship and Character!


Time and again I've listened to the naysayers "homeschooling is too hard"  it's too "teacher intensive"  and my favorite, "I don't have the time to learn something new!"

All of these laments may be true in some regard (it is difficult to learn something new that is intensive and takes time)  but it is time for Christian mothers to step up to the plate and reclaim their American Christian history of learning to think and reason from the Scriptures and "by their own scholarship and character...effectively articulate and implement their knowledge in the family, the workplace, and civil government."1

What is learning?  Webster's 1828 defines learning as, "Gaining knowledge by instruction or reading, by study, by experience or observation; acquiring skill by practice."  That sounds like work!  What we Christian mothers need is a Christian work ethic!  We need to embrace the "Christian character qualities of industry, perseverance, and diligence when it comes to employing the tools of scholarship..."2

This is the work we are called to as Christian women and especially as homeschooling mothers.  God has not left us without the content to teach or the method!  We are to teach the truth that makes us free. (John 8:32)  We are to search the Scriptures for in them is Life. (John 5:39-47)  We are to teach the next generation God's Truth diligently. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)  We are to teach them precept upon precept, here a little there a little, line upon line. (Isaiah 28:13)

Lastly, there is nothing in this world that does not belong to God.  Be it math, science, history, or grammar.  These subjects are not secular. His character is revealed in and through school subjects.  He's not only the God of the Bible, He is Lord of all. 

 "There is not a square inch
in the whole domain of our human existence
over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all,
does not cry: 'Mine!'"  A. Kuyper

So, today I challenge you to begin your own season of re-education rooted in the knowledge and truth of God's Word.  This is the key to liberty and self-government.  We can teach the next generation God's Truth using His Principles and methods.  We just have to begin with ourselves.
"As a generation of learners robbed of the knowledge of America's Christian history and the reflective method of learning, modern teachers must be willing to initiate their own program of re-education." Elizabeth Youmans

1. Elizabeth Youmans, Noah Plan History Guide, Foundation for American Christian Education, pg. 99
2 1. Elizabeth Youmans, Noah Plan History Guide, Foundation for American Christian Education, pg. 99
*originally posted by Gina Glenn, at www.acherishedkeeper.com 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Special Needs Homeschooling

Helpful Resources to help you homeschool your special needs homeschooler!
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For those who struggle silently at home with special needs children, this session is especially for you. More than just a pep-talk that "you can do this too," these sessions give you real help from those who have been successful in working with children. These are proven and tested ideas from the two of the trainers themselves, Tara Jenner (a homeschool mom) and Jane Davis who has pioneered brain potentials with phenomenal results. You will hear from Michael Hughes and expert on teaching reading and grammar, Christine Field, a past homeschool mom and attorney who discusses your rights, and Attorney Dorcey that shares how to plan financially for your children, and so more! (Expo's have a cost involved, and the clicking the banner  link will take you to the opportunity to buy the Expo.)

Encouraging homeschooling families with special needs children, in ways that glorify
the Lord Jesus Christ and
equipping parents to confidently homeschool their children with special needs or disabilities.  

 Encouraging families to find the will of God in their lives.

Currently in America, hundreds of families are homeschooling children whose special needs range from attention deficit disorder to severe multiple handicaps. Parents often find that when they bring these children home to be educated, they come out of the "deep freeze" that has kept them from making significant progress in traditional settings.

I began my blog to reach out and help other families homeschooling with special needs. My blog Special Needs Homeschooling has grown since then bigger than I ever imagined. My blog now has a Facebook page and group that are highly active. I have written several articles for The Old Schoolhouse, Crosswalk.com, several ezines and several group blogs. 


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Family Worship and the Restoration of the American Christian Home

"All great change in America begins at the dinner table." Ronald Reagan

"The time has come to strengthen our American Christian homes and to return them to their historic role of building the foundations of America's Christian character."  Verna Hall

How can the American Christian home return to its historic role of building the foundations of America's Christian character?  How can we effect great change in America "at the dinner table"?  

Discipleship, homeschooling, church attendance are all good things.  What if as a Nation we restored (or established)  a habit of family worship?  Don't you fall in love with the sound of that?  I might say that most Christian women would love to see family worship time happen in their homes.  But, often times the demands of life take our eyes of Jesus and onto the "tyranny of the urgent."   We don't have time to worship, we don't know what it should look like, and frankly, it's been so long since we've engaged in it we've forgotten what it is!

Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines "worship" as, "Chiefly and eminently, the act of paying divine honors to the Supreme Being; or the reverence and homage paid to him in religious exercises, consisting in adoration, confession, prayer, thanksgiving and the like."  Is there a pattern here we could use in our family worship?  

Adoration, confession, prayer, thanksgiving and the like. 

Again, from Webster's 1828...
Adoration-"Adoration consists in external homage, accompanied with the highest reverence. It is used for the act of praying, or preferring requests or thanksgiving, to the Supreme Being."

Confession-"The acknowledgment of a crime, fault or something to one's disadvantage; open declaration of guilt, failure, debt, accusation"  & also, "The acknowledgment of a debt by a debtor before a justice of the peace"

Prayer-"In worship, a solemn address to the Supreme Being, consisting of adoration, or an expression of our sense of God's glorious perfections, confession of our sins, supplication for mercy and forgiveness, intercession for blessings on others, and thanksgiving, or an expression of gratitude to God for his mercies and benefits. A prayer however may consist of a single petition, and it may be extemporaneous, written or printed."

Thanksgiving-"The act of rendering thanks or expressing gratitude for favors or mercies."
Family worship can be as simple as a time of praying, confession, adoration and thanksgiving along with the reading of God's Word.  You could incorporate this into your regular homeschooling day, or better yet..talk to your husband about leading a family worship time.  He might be uncomfortable in doing this so just encourage him!   Family worship does not have to be fancy or elaborate.  Just consistent and real.  Talk to your husband today.  

Here are some helpful resources for you:
What ways do you incorporate worship?  Do you have a family worship time? What keeps you from having a family worship time?  What can you do today to make family worship a reality in your home? Do you have any resources you'd suggest?
(originally posted on A Cherished Keeper )

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day Letter

Dear Friends,

 As we go to the polls today I am reminded of an Edmund Burke quote,

  No passion so effectually robs the mind of its power of acting and reasoning as fear”. 

 Fear motivates us to do things that we would normally not do, in ways that we would never choose.  It seems that in this election, like many others, fear is the common theme.  We are encouraged from all sides to vote against one candidate for fear of the harm that he or she may do. We are told to vote for the lesser of two evils.  Now, I am not interested in debating this point or discussing who to vote for, but rather what should be our motivation.

As Christians we should do all things "as unto the Lord." Colossians 3:23
As Christians, we should not "have a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."   2 Timothy 1:7

When we prepare to vote it should involve more than listening to the pundits and reading the headlines.  Our preparation should involve a real effort to research all the candidates and to only vote for those who we can vote for in good conscience.

But our responsibilities don’t stop there.

Pardon the sports analogy, but it seems that most of the public is content to sit in the stands and cheer for their team, wear the team gear, and brag about what their team will do, rather than getting involved in the game. We are not called to be cheerleaders but rather we are called to make a difference.

For the believer this calling involves stepping-out and stepping-up to the challenge of the day.  In a culture that becomes easily complacent, may we endeavor to courageously confront the forces of evil that seek to destroy our culture?  Take the passion you have been expressing on social media the past month and continue to build on it and become active.

Voting today was not the beginning and end, it was just the beginning! Back up your voting for a constitutional, pro-life, pro-family, pro-(one man and one woman) marriage candidate by waking up Wednesday and the days and weeks following to:

  • Humble yourself before God Almighty and pray for His direction in your life. Be in His Word daily.
  • Verbally share the Gospel with someone, for that is where true liberty begins.Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. “2 Corinthians 3:17
  •   Pray for all those in government office. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”  Timothy 2:1-4
  • Get to know your officials. They want to hear from you.  Research the bills that are being submitted and educate others about the issues.
  •  Pray about running for an office in the next election.
  • Study the Constitution and educate others on the Biblical principles our country was founded on.
  • Support with your time and or money Christian organizations that are working at the local, state, and federal  level to defend the rights given to you by the Creator: life, marriage-man/woman, and parental.
  • Call your local pregnancy center and find out what you can do as an individual or a family to help those that have made a choice to give their baby life---give your time and money.
  •  Purpose to not watch television shows or movies that promote the morals and lifestyles that kept you from voting for a particular candidate.

In other words, get out of the stands and get in the game!

Let me close with a popular Edmund Burke quote that many will be familiar with,
 “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Do Something,

Scott Bolin
Director of Christian Home Educators of Kentucky

Saturday, November 3, 2012

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