Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land has urged defeat of a controversial treaty the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on Tuesday (Dec. 4).
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's president called for Southern Baptists and others to ask their senators to vote against the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD). Land and other critics have charged the treaty could undermine parental authority, the right to life and American sovereignty.
"This treaty is beyond need of repair," Land said in a Monday (Dec. 3) email alert. "It's a lame-duck issue that should be killed."
While the treaty sounds innocent, he said, it actually is a "Trojan horse that would usurp U.S. sovereignty and parental rights by putting the U.S. under the control of a panel of U.N. 'experts' on matters relating to the disabled. What's more, the treaty could potentially lead to an expansion of abortion services" as a result of some of its language.
The treaty appears to have a healthy majority in its support in what is known as a "lame-duck" session, which describes the legislative business between the election and a new Congress. It requires a two-thirds majority for ratification, however.
The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), the organization leading opposition to the CRPD, expressed hope the Senate would fall short of the super-majority needed, but Land and HSLDA reported that senators who have not committed to its approval are under strong pressure to vote for ratification.
SOURCE: Baptist Press