Defending Parental Rights
Keep Your Loved Ones Safe from Attack
Biblical parental rights are under attack today in America.
In the past few months, MSNBC has said that children belong to communities, not parents or families. Some pop scientists and college professors have argued that teaching your children biblical creationism is inappropriate and even child abuse. And just a few days ago, a five-month-old baby was taken from his parents by child protective services just because the parents sought a second medical opinion.
Parents who are lovingly raising their children in obedience to God’s Word have a right to do so without the civil government interfering in the jurisdiction of their homes. But rights are rarely won or held without a fight.
We are in a desparate struggle for the hearts and minds of our children. If we do not want to lose the freedom to raise our children in accordance with God’s Word, then we must act now. As Curtis Bowers, my good friend, director of Agenda, and fellow judge of the SAICFF, says:
If we will not stand up now, while we still do have the freedoms to raise our children the way God tells us to, were going to lose that freedom. And I’ll tell you this, as I’ve studied history, its so much harder to ever get a freedom back once its been lost than to keep it when you already have it.
If we lose this freedom, we lose the next generation.
Psalm 127 calls our children a heritage, and we need to fight for that heritage. That’s why, if you are a Christian home educator, I encourage you to take a stand for parental rights and join Heritage Defense today.
For years I was in the business of defending families as an attorney. Today, more than any time in American history, I believe that every family must take seriously their duty to seek assistance in protecting their little ones from the abuse that comes from an increasingly humanist government system of social workers that often do not respect the Christian household or parental rights. If you are a home educator, you need to be a member of Home School Legal Defense Association, but as a parent, you also need the unique protection that Heritage Defense can offer. Consider this — just one hour of attorney consultation would typically cost you more than an entire year’s membership with Heritage Defense. You can’t afford to not join! Let my good friend Don Hart and his excellent legal staff become your attorneys in defense of your family freedom. It is important! Our staff at Vision Forum Ministries subscribes to this service and so should you.
Join Heritage Defense by May 31 and receive a $10 discount on your membership. Just use the coupon code VisionForum10 on the Heritage Defense application form.
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Are you prepared to protect your children when social workers threaten their sanctity?
The battle against Christian home educators is expanding. As frustration has grown at our success in legalizing homeschooling in all fifty states, a new strategy has emerged by those with a socialist, anti-Christian vision for America.
This strategy has increasingly taken the form of government social workers who demand to come into our houses, inquire into every aspect of our parenting, and insist on interviewing our children outside the presence of parents, asking grossly inappropriate and permanently defiling questions. These social workers desire to dictate how we will disciple and discipline our children, threatening to take them away from us if we dare to question their authority. Many believe that parents who train their children according to the Bible are guilty of crimes.
Where then do we turn?
Many homeschooling families have made the wise choice to join Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), one of the most successful and God-blessed Christian organizations in America where I was privileged to serve as an attorney for six years. Through the leadership of HSLDA, a tide of anti-home education legislation has been thwarted, and tens of thousands of families have enjoyed the peace and comfort of knowing that they had competent representation, should their right to home educate ever be challenged. The very existence of HSLDA has positively changed the landscape for freedom and family reformation in America. Thankfully, families who have HSLDA membership have a staff of advocates to assist them when their right to home school is threatened.
But what happens if a social worker’s qualm is not related to home education?
What if it is an attack on the rights of parents to administer loving, biblical correction to their children through corporal punishment, or a challenge to medical choices like vaccinations and midwifery, and other practical applications of biblical standards within the family that a social worker deems “harmful”?
What is your recourse when you are singled out for scrutiny because of a premature birth or a special needs child — or if you become “profiled” and “targeted” because you have a large number of children and a unique family dynamic seen as “dangerous”?
You may find yourself under attack and threatened by officials — without legal representation. Until recently, your best option was to find a local attorney (remember HSLDA does not formally cover these non-homeschooling issues), and hope that he was competent to handle this type of defense.
Even if you were able to find such an attorney, the attorney’s fees and other expenses for your defense could easily cost tens of thousands of dollars, with some cases costing well into six figures to defend. Without outside assistance, this financial burden would bankrupt the typical American homeschool family. Worse yet, they could lose their children due to their financial inability to defend their parental rights.
But things have changed. The Lord has raised up a strong, competent, and important legal organization that complements the type of defense that HSLDA provides for home educators, but does so in the context of defending other parental rights that are fundamental to the peace of your household.
The organization is called Heritage Defense, and it is championed by my good friend, Don Hart.
Today I am recommending that all of the friends and supporters of Vision Forum Ministries carefully consider joining this crucial organization in the face of abusive and unlawful intervention into the sanctity of your home by officials who do not respect either your constitutional freedoms or your parental rights.
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Why You Should Join Heritage Defense
The creative strategies for controlling Christian family life go far beyond the right to homeschool and are more than a little chilling. Heritage Defense is prepared to come to the aid of families when they are challenged in these, among other, critical areas:
- Including decisions flowing from the belief that life is sacred and is to be protected.
- Wellness Checks
- In many states, any accident involving a child which requires emergency room care will automatically trigger a social services investigation.
- Despite the fact that corporal punishment by parents is legal in every state, most social services agencies view the loving and biblical use of the rod as an illegal activity for which children are to be taken from their parents.
- A surprising number of referrals come because of a child’s weight/growth and from differences over eating or other concerns relating to nutrition.
- Often, the first action taken by CPS upon gaining access to a home is to inspect the pantry and refrigerator.
Religious and moral convictions
- Referrals often flow from disagreeable neighbors and even church and family members who have philosophical differences or theological disagreements with parents.
- Many have discovered the devastating tool for destruction available through an anonymous tip to social services.
Investigations in these areas are triggered by reports — often anonymous tips — that routinely proceed regardless of the credibility of such tips or the motivation behind them.
Today there are a host of “mandatory reporters” with whom families come in regular contact who have been ordered to act as social informants on behalf of the state — reporting on anything “suspicious” which they observe in any family. These may include doctors, nurses, dentists, child care providers, teachers, law enforcement, church staff, day care and nursery workers, and a host of others (perhaps even your own pastor) who risk losing their licenses and their livelihood — and even face fines and imprisonment — if they fail to divulge personal details about their fellow citizens. Because of the fear this naturally generates, unfounded reports are rampant — well over 75%.
An “anonymous tip” is all that separates your family from a social services investigation.
Thankfully, we are not alone in this fight, as Heritage Defense is prepared to meet such social worker challenges head on. After years of defending individual Christian families who were unjustly targeted by CPS for seeking to rear their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, my friend Don Hart felt compelled to address this growing crisis in a manner which would allow Christian families to stand together and defend each other from such abuses.
Since its launch three years ago, Heritage Defense has successfully resolved every social services issue which has arisen among its member families.
Heritage Defense is the only national member-based legal advocacy organization that is committed to defending families on such a broad range of fronts. While I often encourage families to join HSLDA to protect their parental right to educate their children at home, there are a host of other dangers which threaten your family which must be squarely and effectively dealt with. That’s what Heritage Defense does.
The average cost in America for one hour of an attorney’s time is $295. The cost for one year of membership with Heritage Defense is only $195. So for less than the average cost of an hour of attorney time, families can stand together and be protected from social services abuses by Christian attorneys who understand the issues and are committed to protecting Christians from the terrifying and potentially devastating abuses of CPS.
Heritage Defense member families have access to experienced attorneys who are ready to assist you by answering questions, providing counsel, and defending your family in court against illegitimate and unconstitutional attacks on your parental rights. If you have a legal emergency, their attorneys may be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All of this is included as part of your membership.
Join Heritage Defense today and encourage other Christian homeschooling families you know to do the same. Families who prefer to make monthly contributions may join for $19 a month.
Join Heritage Defense by May 31st and receive a $10 discount on your membership. Just use the coupon code “VisionForum10” on the Heritage Defense application form.
Join Heritage Defense by visiting their web site at heritagedefense.org. If you have any questions after reviewing what’s on their site, call Heritage Defense at 1-800-515-5901.
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What My Good Friends Are
Saying About Heritage Defense
Heritage Defense is a welcome friend in the battle for the family.
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
My family has joined Heritage Defense to wage war to defend the family and future generations. Join us!
Host of Generations with Vision
Christian families need protection in these vital areas, and it is quite encouraging to know that Heritage Defense is there to provide the help we need.
—Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr.,
popular speaker and author of Family Driven Faith
I want to have men who are helping me defend my children who are men that I know I can trust, who are men of integrity, who are men of the Word of God, and that’s what Heritage Defense provides my family.
—R.C. Sproul, Jr.,
Founder of Highland Ministries &
Teaching Fellow at Ligonier Ministries
Heritage Defense is one of the most important organizations in America.
Director of Agenda: Grinding America Down
Standing in the Gap to Defend the Family
Is protecting your family, and standing with other Christian families in protecting theirs, worth an annual membership costing only $195 per year?
Most emphatically, yes!
The threat is real, and preparedness is critical. Don’t wait until social services is investigating your family before seeking protection — because, at that point, it may be too late.
Heritage Defense was established to stand in the gap and defend the biblical family. Our staff at Vision Forum Ministries subscribes to this important legal service led by my good friend Don Hart, and I encourage you to do the same.
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President, Vision Forum Ministries
 In an official network promotional spot, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry says that children do not belong to parents: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/46979745/vp/51479213.
 Bill Nye says creationism is not appropriate for children: http://youtu.be/gHbYJfwFgOU; Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics and director of the Origins program at Arizona State University, believes that teaching children creationism is child abuse:http://youtu.be/UTedvV6oZjo.
 California parents had their 5-month-old baby boy taken from them after a visit to the hospital: http://www.news10.net/video/default.aspx?bctid=2328355917001.