[Hpn] Parents rights!

Bill Tinker wtinker@fcgnetworks.net
Mon, 24 Apr 2000 12:12:36 -0400

Once again I have to say Attorney General Janet Reno finally did her job and
no one died or was injuried.
 Please folks remember this child is only 6 years old he has been played to
and by the news media whom only thoughts are to sell their yellow rag brand
of journalism..Its a feeding frenzy they don,t talk to you unless you are
exploited or bleeding!
 Parental rights supersede even property rights,check your federal
constitutions and your states also!
 A Brother


 Headline:  Father's Love, Child's Rights
 Date: 04/24/2000

 The federal raid to rescue Elian Gonzalez was an unfortunate but necessary
action to show where the United States stands on the supreme social
importance of nurturing parental love.

 With Elian now returned to his only parent, it's helpful to consider the
significance of this national drama with these time-measure comparisons:

 *For 41 years, dictator Fidel Castro has ruled so harshly that many Cubans
have felt forced to flee to Florida on rickety boats.

 *For five months, a little Cuban boy, who reached the US and was put under
temporary guardianship of relatives, was caught in a political and legal
tug of war, driven by Cuban-American hatred of Castro.

> *For nine days, the boy was held as a political hostage by relatives in
Miami who defied clear US law on parental rights by not handing him over.

 *In three minutes, US agents took the boy, after being denied access to the
relatives' house and needing to brandish guns for fear of armed resistance.

 *In seconds, Elian rebonded with his loving father - as a six-year-old
would - and can now rebuild a family.

 That last point, the one with the shortest time, was the whole point.

 A parent-child relationship is paramount. It's a reflection of spiritually
based love everyone has a right to. Laws are written to support a social
consensus that this primal bond not be broken.

 In Elian's case, if father and son had not been reunited, any US parent
might have had cause to fear the government could take a child.

 It's especially worrisome that Vice-President Al Gore, who may be the next
president, thought there was a choice about where Elian should go even
after his own government found the father to be a loving parent.
Fortunately, his boss thought otherwise.

 With the father's backing, Attorney General Janet Reno made the correct
legal call to prevent the relatives from using the boy for their own
interests and to order a rescue.

 The imminent threat of a forceful retaking was made clear to the relatives,
but still they kept the boy, hiding him in a closet while supporters
 attacked US agents.

 Those who wanted Elian to stay with the Miami relatives put "the best
interests of the child" ahead of basic parental rights. Their line of
reasoning has become more prevalent in recent decades as the US has adopted
well-meaning causes - from racial integration to government-mandated
medical care to, in this case, anti-communism - that appear to justify
state intervention in families.

 Even the cause of granting asylum  now ensnares Elian's father. The
relatives had Elian sign an asylum request. A federal appeals court took
that sentiment of a six-year-old seriously - once again, in the child's
best interests - and ordered him to stay in the US for a hearing rather
than follow his father home to Cuba.

 We hope the court sees a parent's love for a child as the supreme law.

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