One of the first emails I opened this morning was from Oak Norton, the guy who exposed the leftist leanings of the administration of the Alpine School District. I think I've posted a link to his website here a few times (www.utahsrepublic.org) a few times. He keeps on top of important issues here in Utah, most of them dealing with the schools, and he periodically sends out emails on these topics. Our legislative session ends next week, so today I wasn't too surprised to see an email from Oak asking people to contact their reps and senators about three pieces of legislation still needing to be acted upon. The first one on the list is on the list is: HJR 5 - Joint Resolution on Parental Rights and Fundamental Liberty. I clicked on the link to check out the resolution, and the first thing that jumped out at me is that the primary sponsor of the resolution is none other than my own Utah representative, Chris Herrod, whom I am supporting in his run for the U.S. Senate. This resolution urges congress to propose the Parental Rights Amendment to the states for ratification in the U.S. Constitution to protect the rights of parents in raising their children.
It takes my breath away to think that our country has come to a point where we have to consider getting the states to pass resolutions or bills to try to add a specific amendment to the U.S. Constitution to protect the rights of parents to have the primary say in the raising of their children. Did you know that a sophmore Utah representative, Carl Wimmer, wrote the legislation that became the tool by which the 26 states have been given standing in the case now before the Supreme Court to overturn Obamacare? Without that legislation, almost certainly there would be many fewer states who could have been included in that case.
I don't know what the chances are that Chris's resolution will pass (and thus beginning the process of process of garnering support amongst other states to write such an amendment), but the fact that we have to even consider it is appalling to me. And I'm so grateful for forward thinking representation in our state legislature.