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December 11th, 2012
12:55 AM ET

Farris: U.N. treaty 'is a law'

Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, is opposed to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities because he believes the treaty would give the U.N. power to control parents' decisions for their children in the U.S. Watch both parts of Anderson Cooper's interview questioning Farris about his claims regarding the treaty which was voted on, but not ratified, by the U.S. Senate on December 4.

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  1. Bridget

    Bravo, Dr. Farris.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
  2. James R

    I applaud Farris for his strong retort and hate to see Cooper treat him like he was an uneducated fool. Cooper doesn't seem to understand all the facts and should have been more prepared for the understanding of international law going head to head with Farris. Farris offered a couple of cases that Anderson just ignored and Anderson still tried to lunge forward with bullying interview tactics like interrupting and quickly changing topics to non essential conversation. While I do agree that what Farris stated about the UN being able to take children that needed glasses away was excessive, I also understand that he was just illustrating a point that we need to make sure that this is well written to not overwrite National Legislation.

    December 12, 2012 at 3:54 am |
  3. Dan Karadsheh

    Thank AC for posting this full interview. Dr. Farris is one of only a handful of people in the U.S. that really gets this, and we need to listen. Something this important cannot be "passed with our fingers crossed". In my view, we have a nation of people who take their personal freedoms for granted. I hope we don't have to experience losing our freedoms in order to finally appreciate them.

    December 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
  4. Marian Freeland

    It's too bad that the interview with Mike Farris wasn't shown in its entirety. He did an excellent job of explaining the dangers of ambiguous wording in UN treaties. We cannot allow UN Treaties or International Law to override our Constitution!

    December 11, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  5. Judy Miller

    Thank you for putting the complete interview up with Michael Ferris for all of us to see. My husband was not home last night and we wanted to watch this. Michael Ferris is an International Law lawyer who assists parents from around the world to continue to home school their children. He is very aware of the laws in each country that allow them to do this. He also teaches International Law at a college level. I would like to ask you one question. Who do you trust with the understanding our freedoms to continue to teach our children in our homes, Michael Ferris with a proven record, or our politicians who seem to be taking away our rights at a fast pace? Thank you for allowing this debate on your TV show.

    December 11, 2012 at 8:53 am |
  6. Melina Staal-McKim

    As an ex-pat American who has lived in The Netherlands for nearly twenty years, the lives of both my child and myself have been put on hold for 7 years and counting because of the international Hague Treaty on Child Abduction. This whole International treaty deals should be taken really seriously, even the Dutch do not take the treaties they initiate seriously, at least they don't apply their own treaties to themselves. It opens a whole can of worms as to the chain reaction how countries will implement and prosecute, international law. There could be victims to this new international treaty, that come into confict with our constitution. My lesson learned is that Due Process is really important concept and treaties might have good intentions, but how the rule of law is applied in individual countries is as varried as there are colors of the rainbow, and even that is not certain. I think becoming ambassadors to a homegrown process that is comprehensive might serve more people with disabilities in the long run. Being, international does not mean you have to paint your ceiling to act like all the others and not fix the holes in the roof first. Great debate.

    Melina Staal- McKim, CEO LaserFinger we are a start-up making a laser pointer for remote control unit for elderly and differntly abled people.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:41 am |
  7. joe mcmanus

    Mr. Farris's baffling objection to this UN treaty is most likely rooted in his personal ideological belief. Some christian fundamentalists believe satan will rule the UN and then all the nations. They believe (he) will deceive them with seemingly beneficial, trojan horse, treaties. These are they same beliefs that say they devil has control over the supreme court and the public school system. I believe that to be the link to this home schooling chairman and his opposition to anything UN. It is amazing how someone so intelligent as Mr. Farris can be so deceived himself. I guess this is his personal crusade.

    December 11, 2012 at 1:49 am |