John O’Neill Urges Calls to State Senators re Illinois’ Complying with UN Treaty on the Child

John O'Neill at a candidates' night.

Just got an email from former candidate for State Rep. John O’Neill concerning Illinois Senators wanting to pretend they are U.S. Senators. It concerns the Senator’s wanting Illinois agencies to comply with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Below, the McHenry Grade School Board member, due to be re-elected today without opposition (that is, the same number of people are running for school board as there are number of vacancies), explains his position:

I am writing to urge SR92 not be passed.

Twenty years ago, in the early 1990s I had heard this UN Treaty being discussed on the radio and was in utter disbelief of what the broadcaster was discussing. I thought that perhaps the statements were being exaggerated at best or misrepresented at worst so I contacted the UN in New York and asked for a copy of the document to be mailed to me (this was before the internet had become so widely used), Upon receipt of the document, I read it and was outraged that any governmental or quasi-governmental entity would attempt to force doctrines upon parents which absolutely run counter to our society.

A few notable intrusions into how parents in a free society choose to raise our children are, as follows;

  • Children would have the ability to choose their own religion while parents would only have the authority to give their children advice about religion.
  • The best interest of the child principle would give the government the ability to override every decision made by every parent if a government worker disagreed with the parent’s decision.
  • A child’s “right to be heard” would allow him (or her) to seek governmental review of every parental decision with which the child disagreed.
  • According to existing interpretation, it would be illegal for a nation to spend more on national defense than it does on children’s welfare.
  • Children would acquire a legally enforceable right to leisure.
  • Christian schools that refuse to teach “alternative worldviews” and teach that Christianity is the only true religion “fly in the face of article 29” of the treaty.
  • Allowing parents to opt their children out of sex education has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
  • Children would have the right to reproductive health information and services, including abortions, without parental knowledge or consent.
  • Parents would no longer be able to administer reasonable spankings to their children.
  • A murderer aged 17 years and 11 months and 29 days at the time of his crime could no longer be sentenced to life in prison.

Please, before voting for this horrible UN Treaty based on a benign sounding name or what you may have heard about it in the media or from your own legislative leaders, download and read the treaty text for yourself available at and decide if giving up the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit should be supplanted and the state or the UN should enforce its own ideas of how a child should be raised.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a terrible document which, if adopted in our state or nation would seriously strip away parental rights.

Rather than focusing on taking away the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fir, I would love it if the Illinois State General Assembly would work on repairing the economy and bringing back jobs to our great state.

Thank you,
John O’Neill

O’Neill even supplies the email addresses of the Senators, compliments of State Senator Dan Duffy’s web site:

The Executive Committee which is voting on this United Nations Treaty tomorrow is comprised of the following members, please call them and let them know that you do not want this treaty to be approved by the committee.

The Illinois Senate’s Executive Committee: 

Sen. Don Harmon, Chairman
(217) 782-8176

Sen. Ira Silverstein, Vice Chair
(217) 782-5500

Sen. James Clayborne, Jr.
(217) 782-5399

Sen. Maggie Crotty
(217) 782-9595

Sen. John Cullerton
(217) 782-2728

Sen. Kimberly Lightford, bill sponsor
(217) 782-8505

Sen. Antonion Munoz
(217) 782-9415

Sen. Jeffrey Schoenberg
(217) 782-2119 

Sen. Donne Trotter
(217) 782-3201

Sen. Dale Righter
(217) 782-6674

Sen. Bill Brady
(217) 782-6216

Sen. John Jones
(217) 782-0471

Sen. David Luechtefeld
(217) 782-8137

Sen. Matt Murphy
(217) 782-4471

Sen. Christine Radogno
(217) 782-9407


John O’Neill Urges Calls to State Senators re Illinois’ Complying with UN Treaty on the Child — 6 Comments

  1. Hello,

    The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a undeniable threat to the integrity of parent – child relationships in our nation.

    The proponents argue with much rhetoric, but in the end, under the UN CRC, the government will decide (as guided by the UN) what is “best” for each of your children.

    They will decide when they can get an abortion, contraceptives, sex education, and more.

    They will protect your child’s privacy in your home, your child’s right to access information that the government deems “best”, your child’s freedom of religion, and more.

    To read more about this horrendous threat to American families, go to or my blog

    Eric Potter MD
    Tennessee Director for Parental Rights.Org

  2. It’s nice to see this story has reached all the way to Tennessee. If we ever leave Illinois, we would likely head to Tennessee or somewhere nearby.

    I am also so VERY HAPPY that Senator Lightford pulled the CRC off of today’s agenda. Let’s hope it stays off the agenda for good.

  3. The story on this resolutiion reached the ears of the Home School Legal Defense Association and an alert was posted on their site, urging calls to oppose the UN CRC resolution.

    I am also very glad to hear that Senator Lightford pulled the resolution for now. Thank you for the update. I hope my blog and our national website is helpful to you in the future for a resource to alert others to the dangers of the CRC and the worldview behind it.

    Eric Potter MD
    Tennessee Director for Parental Rights.Org

  4. The well funded HSLDA and their offspring, the have waged a constant campaign of lies and disinformation about the UNCRC for many years. Like all propaganda, if it is repeated often enough, the unwary will accept the lies as truth. These devious disgraceful organizations are doing a great disservice to the health and happiness of children around the world.

    Please get the facts from Americans who are working to see the convention ratified and implemented. There are more than 200 organizations (religious and NGOs) here in the USA who support the convention and most of our allies in the Western democracies including the UK, Canada, Australia, and nearly all the European countries are implementing laws to conform with the articles of the UNCRC.

    No reasonable person would examine the facts and write such a misinformed letter. Average Americans are not generally experts in international law, child development, or human rights. They are easily swayed by fear mongering Washington lobbyists.

    Children’s Rights & American Christianity « Signs of Our Times
    200 institutions and organizations support ratification of the UN CRC.

    Suffer the Children?: A Call for United States Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
    Detailed exposition of pro/con arguments

  5. Dear Rich,
    If you want to refute my assertions, please do. Otherwise, your own propaganda is dangerous. I have read both sides of this treaty repeatedly. If you want to debate, lets begin. If anyone wants to know how these laws are being implemented in other countries, I’ll give you a few examples: abortion without parental consent, sex education at age 4, no homeschooling, no teaching of intolerant views like Christianity, no looking at your children’s emails or text messages. Do we really want this in our country?
    Eric Potter MD

  6. Dear Rich,

    I want to challenge you to point out exactly which of our statements have been lies or disinformation. If you want to make such accusations, please back them up with proof.

    I also want to disagree with your insinuations that anyone who disagrees with you has been influenced by fear mongerers. As a physician who has studied this issue hours on end, I believe that the average American can see through this dangerous treaty. Logic, reason, and careful study of all sides of the issue have led me to this conclusion, not fear mongering.

    Again, I reiterate: Show me the lies!!!

    Eric Potter MD
    Tennessee (volunteer) Director for Parental Rights.Org

    See my blog for the Truth

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