"The family has been the ultimate
foundation of every civilization known to history." —Will Durant
family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State."
—Universal Declaration of Human Rights
"The family, a universal
community based on the marital union of a man and a woman, is the bedrock of society, the strength of our nations, and the
hope of humanity."—World Family Declaration
Act Now for the Family
World Family Declaration
Affirming the Family in Eastern Europe
summer of 1944, courageous Slovakians rose up to defend their civilization. In the summer of 2014, courageous
Slovakians have risen up to defend the foundation of their civilization. On June 4, lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to amend
the national constitution by defining marriage as the unique bond between a man and a woman. (Read story here.) Slovakia thereby chooses to protect its most precious asset, as described in the World Family Declaration: “We declare that the family, a universal community based on the marital union of a man and a woman, is the
bedrock of society, the strength of our nations, and the hope of humanity.” (For months prior to the amendment,
the World Family Declaration, including its Slovak translation, had circulated in Slovakia.) Meanwhile on May 17 in the nation of Georgia—ancient
bastion of religion and religious tolerance— a World Congress of Families regional conference issued the Tbilisi Declaration
responding to legislation that attempts to muzzle the freedom to affirm the natural family and supporting values. The
Tbilisi Declaration (available here) opens by quoting the World Family Declaration: “The natural family, based on the life-long marital union of a man and a woman, ‘is the bedrock of society,
the strength of our nations, and the hope of humanity.’” In our ever-shrinking world, courageous
voices like those in Eastern Europe can reverberate and inspire far and wide.
Decline of the Family—The Cost of Doing Nothing, by Errol Naidoo, President, Family
Policy Institute, South Africa
"May 15 was the International Day
of Families. The day passed by unnoticed by the vast majority of people, just like the disintegration of the family unit in
society is a hardly noticed catastrophe. The natural family is society’s most fundamental institution. Consequently,
widespread family breakdown is weakening the very foundations of society. No nation can prosper when families disintegrate.
The God-given institutions of marriage and the family have contributed to strong, healthy and prosperous societies since the
dawn of civilization. Family Policy Institute is a signatory and strong supporter of the World Family Declaration, which seeks to restore, promote, and strengthen the sanctity of the natural family across the world. You can endorse
the World Family Declaration by adding your name or organization’s name in support." —Errol
The World Family Declaration, an initiative of the World Congress of Families and
endorsed by pro-family organizations across the globe, is now online at www.worldfamilydeclaration.org and available for electronic signature.
“Never before has there been a universal banner uniting all peoples
to rally in protection of the natural family, which has never needed protection as urgently as now,” stated WCF
Director of UN Affairs E. Douglas Clark. “We have created the World Family Declaration to address that need
and be that banner.”
Opening with the words “We the people of many
lands and cultures,” the Declaration is grounded in Article 16(3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
which states, “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by
society and the State.”
That language is echoed in 111 national
constitutions, many of which repeat it verbatim while others describe the family in such varied terms as the “natural
and moral foundation of the human community” (Niger) or “foundation of the nation” (Philippines), or as
society’s “cornerstone” (Greece), “fundamental pillar” (Afghanistan), “basic institution”
(Colombia), or “fundamental nucleus” (Chile).
Speaking at the recent launch
of the World Family Declaration at the ONE UN New York, WCF International Secretary Allan C. Carlson observed, “I
applaud those nations which have placed language about protection of the natural family in their constitutions. The
Declaration’s endnotes provide a solid review of these provisions. Even if and when the actions of a government might
stray from this principle, such a constitutional provision stands both as a rebuke and a summons for a return to good order.”
“It is my hope,” continued Carlson, “that the World Family Declaration will play a significant
role in rallying international attention again to the most important unit of society, the natural family.”
Clark added, "Today we unfurl a
banner to remind the world of the foundational and irreplaceable role of the family. In the words of the Declaration,
'We urge citizens, leaders, and people of influence everywhere to place as their highest priority the protection and strengthening
of the family.'"
Introduction by Her HighnessSheikha Moza Bint Nasser to The Family and the MDGs: Using Family Capital to Achieve the 8 Millennium
Development Goals (by Susan Roylance, et al.)
“This book begins
an important dialogue with policy makers, agencies, administrators and members of civil society on strengthening society
through reliance upon—and support of—society’s most fundamental unit: the family.”
"Every person needs a masculine father and a feminine mother."—Pope Francis
way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.” —Mother Teresa
families keep government limited by providing services, in the raising of children and in how a husband and a wife share a
life, that government otherwise might have to provide.It produces citizens more likely to be moral, relatively
self-sustaining, and law abiding. It answers a deep human need for belonging, unconditional acceptance, love and mutual recognition
that might otherwise find unhealthy outlets. Marriage and family life are ballasts that serve individual happiness and contentment
and lend meaning to our freedom and equality." —Scott Yenor
the coming decades, success will accrue to those cultures that preserve the family’s place.”—Joel Kotkin
"Throughout the ages, political philosophers,
social historians, and civic and religious leaders have praised the family as the foundation of the social order, the bedrock
of nations, and the bastion of civilization.... The fact is that family is a universal and irreplaceable community, rooted
in human nature and the basis for all societies at all times. As the cradle of life and love for each new generation, the
family is the primary source of personal identity, self-esteem, and support for children. It is also the first and foremost
school of life, uniquely suited to teach children integrity, character, morals, responsibility, service, and wisdom.... The
state's foremost obligation... is to respect, defend, and protect the family as an institution."—Statement to UN General Assembly
Family in Peril
In 1948 when the newly minted United Nations issued its monumental
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the family was accorded a place of unique significance: "The family is the
natural and fundamental group unit of society and its entitled to protection by society and the State."
This was no new discovery, but affirmation of a reality as ancient
as humanity itself. "The family has been the ultimate foundation of every civilization known to history,"
wrote world historian Will Durant. Later when Durant chose the top ten thinkers of all time, the list was headed by the revered
Chinese philosopher Confucius, whose towering insight was to understand that the world cannot be put in order without first
putting in order the family.
Now in the ultimate irony, just
as mankind produces the most dazzling scientific and technological breakthroughs ever, we are also approaching what many warn
could be the demise of civilization itself because of the decline of the family.
"We are living in a decisive and very important moment,"
declared Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo. "If we have bad laws concerning the institutions that are fundamental for
the life of society, then we will all suffer and, after us, the generations to come. The situation that has been created in
our world with regard to marriage and the family calls for all our efforts."
Or, as stated more succinctly by President Boyd K. Packer, "If
we do not protect and foster the family, civilization and our liberties [will] perish."
Several years ago a colleague and I were honored to accompany US Ambassador Ellen
Sauerbrey on a diplomatic tour of Central America. As we sat in the office of a president of one of the countries, he stated
that all the major problems in his nation arose directly from a breakdown of the family. It is the same story everywhere:
the disintegration of the family is unleashing an avalanche of crime, chaos, and economic and social disaster.
As if this were not enough, the institution of the family is under
an intentional and severe attack. According to Dr. Allan C. Carlson, "The natural family stands reviled and threatened
in the 21st century." In the words of Catherine Vierling, "We are at war.... The family is in
danger [from those who] actively promote and implement a very aggressive anti-life, anti-faith, anti-family agenda behind
Many of those closed doors are in the halls of the United Nations, the most dangerous battleground
in the war against the family. Ellen Sauerbrey, former United States Ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women,
stated: "It is a terrible mistake to ignore what happens at these UN conferences because international statements
matter a great deal. It matters because modern international law now deals not only with the obligations of states but with
the shape of the family and the rights of individuals, including children…. Each internationally negotiated document
builds upon language used and objectives sought in preceding conference documents and, as a result, becomes an important link
in a chain that will impact on societies around the globe. We can’t afford to ignore
what is going on in these international bodies because they have the ability to have a profound impact on us….
Lawrence vs. Texas [the US Supreme Court case that opened the way for gay marriage] cited customary international law.…
We don’t dare ignore what is going on in the United Nations.”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks declared, "I am grateful that
watchmen on the tower have alerted us to enemies and conditions that threaten to undermine the family-the foundation of societies
and nations in every part of the world. Ironically, some of these enemies are working through the UN and using its stature
and authority on the world stage to pursue anti-family efforts that must be of concern to us all....We must act to preserve
the families of the world."
There is simply too much at stake to fail to act. "Throughout
history," observed Emperor Haile Selassie, "it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the
indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made
it possible for evil to triumph."
invite you to join in protecting and promoting the natural family. We can begin at home by strengthening our own family, and
then reach out to make a difference in our communities, nations, and around the world. We must take steps to preserve the
sanctity of marriage and of the unborn, the right of children to grow up with both a father and a mother, and the right of
parents to guide their children in matters of faith and morality, as well as the right of religious leaders and organizations
to continue to speak and act in matters of faith without interference.
We especially urge delegates, ambassadors, policymakers, legislators,
judges, educators, and other leaders and people of influence to evaluate proposed laws, policies, and curriculum in light
of their impact on the family, and to take all necessary steps to preserve and protect our fundamental unit of society. We
further urge leaders in media and entertainment to encourage and stand up for family values, and to help turn around the dangerous
decline our society is experiencing.
"Law cannot stop family decline by itself,"
stated Professor Don Browning. "It must be part of a larger work of culture where law joins with religion, the human
sciences, the market, public policy, and the arts to once again honor the natural family and equip persons to have the skills,
commitment, supports, and rewards necessary to form and maintain it."
In every way necessary and possible, we must act now to save the family.
to Richard Wilkins
Richard the Lionhearted is what one colleague called him, and
for good reason: Even more than a great family man, Richard G. Wilkins was a fearless defender of families around the world....
"The family is the basic unit of society and must be strengthened.
But the fact that this message is obvious has not prevented us from ignoring it. During the past 50 years, American and other
societies have been much more preoccupied with the individual and the individual's rights than with the basic social unit
within which individuals survive and thrive. The consequences are now becoming apparent around the globe."
"There has been a curious new development. In order to improve the social and political standing
of women – a goal that is quite laudable – international law has become unusually hostile to long-standing notions
of marriage, the natural family and the rearing of children."
"Following two global conflicts, the international community was
well aware that great evil is possible (and perhaps inevitable) when fundamental moral values are corrupted. The United Nations
was organized to combat programmatic evil and promote social responsibility, decency and liberty. Importantly, however, those
who established these vital goals believed that their achievement required recognition of and respect for certain intrinsic
and absolute values—including those relating to the family,
marriage, motherhood, childbearing and child rearing."
data demonstrates two nearly incontestable conclusions: (1) stable, natural marital
structures provide profound benefits for men, women and children, while (2) the breakdown
of stable, natural marital structures imposes significant social costs upon individuals and society at large. In short, families play a profoundly important social role."
"The fundamental truth that the natural family is the basic unit of society, furthermore, extends beyond
the great monotheistic religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The classic Taoist text, The Chuang Tzu, explains that
familial ties are the basis of any stable society because '[w]hen people are brought together by Heaven,... when troubles
come, they hold together.'"
"The state's foremost obligation... is
to respect, defend, and protect the family as an institution."US statement to UN General Assembly at IYF+10 (read entire statement)
more than ever, families need the special protection of the public authorities. States are responsible for defending the 'sovereignty'
of the family, for the family is the fundamental cell of society's structure." .Archbishop Celestino Migliore (read entire statement)
"A nation without a conscious family policy leaves
to chance and mischance an area of social reality of the up most importance, which in consequence will be exposed to the untrammeled
and frequently thoroughly undesirable impact of policies arising in other areas.” US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Family in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights
"It is no exaggeration to say that in the Universal Declaration
the family is at the very center of rights. The family is fundamental because, among other things, it is the seedbed of all
the other rights delineated in the Universal Declaration. To make the world new following the devastation of the most destructive
war in history, the UN built its structure of universal human rights squarely on the foundation of the family."
E. Douglas Clark
Note to policymakers: As
the family is the foundation of society, so the UDHR's family provision declaring so constitutes the legal foundation (as
explained in the above resources) to provide the protection mentioned in that same provision. And see article by Professor Van Alstine.
War against the Family
"During the last two decades the United Nations System
has taken on a new role: that of world policymaker. Conferences and international conventions sponsored by the UN system are
promulgating norms that alter dramatically the natural family. International law has become hostile to long-standing notions
of marriage, the natural family and the rearing of children." Richard G. Wilkins
"In the fight for the family, the very notion of being – of what being
human really means – is being called into question." Pope Benedict XVI
The twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the
Family (IYF+20) focuses on exploring family-oriented policies and strategies aiming mainly
at confronting family poverty; ensuring work-family balance and advancing social integration and intergenerational
solidarity. The coordinator for this key event is Renata Kaczmarska, the UN Focal Point on the Family. The following is from the IYF+20 website:
preparations for the twentieth anniversary will include:
International and regional expert group meetings
gathering family experts and practitioners to explore recent family trends; analyse family-oriented policies and programmes
and review good practices in family policy making.
Research activities, including background papers on family poverty,
work family balance and intergenerational solidarity.
Exchange of good practices in family policy.
Observances of the International Days of Families
focusing on the themes for the twentieth anniversary.
Side events at the Commission for Social Development.
Government, civil society, academic and private
sector initiatives at the national level.
Findings and recommendations from these activities are to guide future
action in effective family policy design, monitoring and implementation.
United Nations agencies and bodies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, research and academic institutions
and the private sector are encouraged to play a supportive role in promoting the objectives of the twentieth anniversary
for the benefit of families worldwide. For more information contact Focal Point on the Family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Despite past or even current challenges, the family, in
fact, is the fundamental unit of human society… It continually exhibits a vigour much greater than that of the many
forces that have tried to eliminate it as a relic of the past, or an obstacle to the emancipation of the individual.”
to society because it models the way in which women and men live interdependently and commit, for the whole of life, to seek
the good of each other. The marital union also provides the best conditions for raising children; namely, the stable, loving
relationship of a mother and a father; it is the foundation of the natural family, the basic cell of society.”
Family, and Religious Freedom, by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“The gifted Michael Novak [states] in his eloquent commentary on
the family: ‘Clearly, the family is the seedbed of economic skills, money habits, attitudes toward work, and the
arts of financial independence. The family is a stronger agency of educational success than the school. The family is a stronger
teacher of the religious imagination than the church. Political and social planning in a wise social order begin with the
axiom What strengthens the family strengthens society’…. Rather than redefining marriage and
family as we see increasing numbers around us trying to do, our age ought to be reinforcing and exalting that which has been
the backbone of civilization since the dawn of it."
The Honorable John Anderson, former Deputy
Prime Minister of Australia: on the causes and remedies of the crisis on the family
“Family breakdown is
actuallysymptomaticof a much
widerproblem. One fundamental aspect
of that problem is the breakdown
of truth and absolutes inour society. Wehavecometoplacesomuchemphasisonourownselfishfreedomsthatwe nolongeraccept the constraints of any consistentworkablecodeofsocial conduct orindeedofanyrealsenseofcommitmenttoeachotherortofuture generations."Read the speech
Dr. David van Gend, President of the Australian Marriage Forum: The Harm to Children of Same-Sex Marriage
"Marriage is not a social invention to be cut to shape according to
political whim; it is a social recognition of timeless natural reality: male, female, offspring. The father
of modern anthropology, Claude Levi-Strauss, called marriage “a social institution with a biological
foundation”. He notes that throughout recorded
history the human family is “based on a union... of two individuals of opposite sexes who establish
a household and bear and raise children."Read the speech
Archbishop Vincent Paglia,
President of the Pontifical Council on the Family: Strengthening Marriage and Family Life
"Taking as my
point of departure the words of Cicero, one of Rome's greatest intellectuals, we could begin by stating that... the
Family is the basis of society and virtually the school for all social life and issues. It is from the Family
that citizens come to birth and it is within the Family that they find the first school of the social virtues
which constitute the animating principle for the existence and development of society itself."Read the speech
Janice Crouse, Senior Fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute:
Marriage and Family Life: The Kernel of Every Nation
"Throughout history and across all cultures,
marriage has been the foundation of families and the bedrock of civilized nations.... A healthy family— a married husband
and wife— provides the first schoolhouse where children are taught the self-restraint, empathy, personal responsibility
necessary for them to live cooperatively, harmoniously, and economically self-sufficient; these are the skills crucial to
the future of limited government and strong nations."Read the speech
Peter Westmore, President of the National Civic
Council of Australia: Why Natural
Marriage Must Be Protected
“Virtually every nation, culture, tribe, religion and race since antiquity
has affirmed that male and female parents who have freely promised to commit themselves to each other permanently, are an
essential element of marriage. As a result, all societies have accorded such unions special status.”Read the speech
Jose Antonio Ureta, Founding Member of Fundacion
Roma: The French Apocalypse
sell this social experiment to the public, the French government labelled it 'Marriage for all.' Cardinal
Vingt-Trois of Paris immediately denounced the dishonesty of the slogan, declaring that the so-called
'marriage for all' was nothing but a denatured marriage for just a few imposed upon all….French people are preparing for a lengthy battle, including
every possible means of resistance…. The resistance network has given birth
to a new movement called 'Veilleurs': the 'Watchers' or 'Vigil-Makers.'"Read the speech
Allan C. Carlson, President of the Howard Center: Declaration
of the World Congress on Families VII
the delegates of the World Congress of Families VII, assembled in Sydney Australia, this 18 May 2013 affirm that the
sustained prosperity and happiness of nations rests on the foundation of strong natural families."
Professor Patrick Parkinson,
President of the International Society of Family Law: Fragile Families and the Looming Financial Crisis
"Fragile families lead to broken hearts. They
also threaten the wellbeing of the community as a whole. Turning this around will require a herculean effort, but we cannot
afford not to make the attempt."
"Mothers are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love
on the face of the earth.”—Marjorie Pay Hinckley
greatest force for good on earth is the love of mothers."—Shelly Locke
could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”—Jewish proverb
"All that I
am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother." —Abraham Lincoln
"All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical
education I received from her."—George Washington
"The arms of a mother are the newborn's first cradle
and the injured child's first refuge. The hands of a mother are the hands of care for the child who is near and
of prayer for the one who is far away. The eyes of a mother are the eyes of fond surprise at baby's first step, the
eyes of unspoken worry at the young adult's first voyage from home, the eyes of gladness at every call or
visit that says she is honored and remembered. The heart of a mother is a heart that is always full."—President Ronald Reagan, Mothers Day Proclamation 1988
Marriage Debate: "The Defining Battle of Our Time"
"To destroy the institution of marriage
by redefining it out of existence is a social upheaval so momentous and so far-reaching that we cannot even clearly predict
just how much damage will ensue. This is the defining battle of our time."—Bill Muehlenberg
Since the dawn of human history, marriage
between a man and a woman has been—by divine design, many believe—the bedrock foundation of family and civilization.
This natural complementarity of father and mother has afforded the optimum opportunity for children to grow and flourish.
Notwithstanding the multitude of imperfect parents and flawed marriages, the ideal has remained constant. "The family
has been the ultimate foundation of every civilization known to history," wrote world historian Will Durant.
Does a child need a father? President Barak Obama declared: "Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are
reminded today that family is the most important. And we are called to recognize and honor how critical every father is to
Does a child
need a mother? Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stated: "Mothers play a critical role in the family, which
is a powerful force for social cohesion and integration. The mother-child relationship is vital for the healthy development
of children.... We face multiple challenges in our changing world, but one
factor remains constant: the timeless importance of mothers and their invaluable contribution to raising the next generation."
So much for the NEEDS
of children, but what about their RIGHTS?Read more
Why the Marriage Debate Should Focus on the Needs of Children, by Dr. Jenet Jacob Erickson
Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Marriage, by Christine de Vollmer
"We must not forget that the family
is a vital partner in efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the many other objectives set by the international
is not only the fundamental group unit of society, but is also the fundamental agent for sustainable social, economic and
cultural development." Doha Declaration
"The attainment of every Millennium Development
Goal must begin with the family. The family is the main instrument of societal transformation." Ambassor Iftekhar
2012 at UN headquarters in New York, the Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development launched a new book that focuses on the key role played by the family in the attainment
of each Millennium Development Goal.
The Family Enrichment
A Guide for Strengthening Families through Weekly Family Night
The simple but powerful resource used around the world to increase family unity
and strength, now translated into 23 languages
oustanding values program created by Latin American Alliance for the Family (Alianza Latinoamericana para la Familia, or ALAFA),
with translations used in Latin America (Spanish and Portuguese), the US and UK, and Sub-Saharan Africa (this is but one of ALAFA's excellent programs)
can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”—Mother
"Peace in society depends upon peace in the family."
conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future." —Alex Haley
is the nucleus of civilization.”—Will Durant
“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the
whole world in which we live.”—Pope John Paul III
“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating
virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained.” —Winston Churchill
“This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It's
knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.”
are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take
time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you've
done will have mattered as much.”—Lisa Wingate
“God is the designer of the family.” —Gordon B. Hinckley
[is] a haven in a heartless world." —Christopher Lasch
the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family." —George
"Our most baisc instinct is not
for survival but for family." —Paul Pearshall
“The home is the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose,
and that is to support the ultimate career.” —C. S. Lewis
“No other success can compensate for failure in the home.” —J. E. McCullough
"A happy family is but an earlier heaven." —John
"There is nothing greater and better than this—when
a husband and wife keep a household in oneness of mind." —Homer
matter how big our house was; it mattered that there was love in it.” —Peter Buffett
“The traditional family is the necessary foundation for (international) communities; because it is the
sanctuary where men and women learn cooperation, sacrifice, love, and mutual support; it is the training ground where children
learn the public virtues of responsibility, work, fair play, and social interdependence. International law and the family,
therefore, are inextricably linked. Disregarding this link places both the law and the families in peril.” — Richard
"The family is one of nature's masterpieces." —George
“Family is not an important thing, it's everything.” —Michael
“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we
are loved.” —Victor Hugo
"It is no secret that the vulnerability
suffered by our peoples—insecurity, crime, abuse, abandonment of the elderly, orphaned children and violence—causes
enormous imbalances and obliges us to spend millions on institutional policies that in the end can do no more than manage
those ills. If we go on like this, a time when will come when all our tax resources will not suffice to counter the effects
of vulnerability. If we wish to address the causes, we must look at the family." —Ana Teresa Aranda
"In time of test,
family is best." —Burmese Proverb
“The family is a school
of compassion because it is here that we learn to live with other people." —Karen Armstrong
only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family."—Lee Iacocca
way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.” —Mother Teresa
this era is over, every living human being will have chosen. Every living human being will have lined up in support of the
family or against it. Every living human being will have either opposed the onslaught against the family or supported it,
for if he tries to make no choice that in itself will be a choice. If we do not act in behalf of the family, that is itself
an act of opposition to the family.”—Sheri L. Dew
Church of England holds very firmly, and continues to hold to the view, that marriage is a lifelong union of one man to one
woman…. At the same time, at the heart of our understanding of what it is to be human, is the essential dignity of
the human being. And so we have to be very clear about homophobia."
adoption agencies have been forced to close their doors in Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., because their religious
beliefs about marriage were deemed unacceptable by their jurisdictions."
LGBT Rights and the Universal Declaration:
A Critique of the Secretary-General's Remarks, by E. Douglas Clark
"It was not just the LGBT community who cheered when UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently decried
violence against gays. [Click here to read his remarks.] Addressing a crowded room of LGBT activists assembled on December 11, 2012 to celebrate International Human Rights
Day at UN headquarters..."Read more
This revealing documentary explores forgotten truths about the irreplaceable role of mothers, who are, says Julie
B. Beck, truly “the foundation and primary element of a strong society.” According to E. Douglas Clark,
“In the swirling, divisive world of policy formulation affecting families and children, this timely documentary
brings into sharp focus the timeless power of mothers to nurture their offspring and civilization itself. What President Ronald
Reagan proclaimed about mothers is a truth for all times and all climes: ‘Maternal love is the first
tangible bond any human being knows. It is a tie at once physical, emotional, psychological, and mystical…. It is a
love that risks all, bears all, braves all.’ Bravo for mothers—and for this key tool to inform the work of presidents,
parliaments, and policymakers everywhere.” Producer Shelly Locke explained, “This
film is dedicated to every mother whose love and devotion serves to shape humanity and ensure the future for us all.”
"Mothers are the most powerful influence for good on the
earth today. Within [ther] hands lies the very future of the world! Mothers of the world deserve our greatest respect, our
protection and our care." —Shelly Locke
“New, non-invasive studies of brain development show
that the cortico-limbic lobes also develop in response to stimulation - and that stimulation is the love and caresses of the
baby’s mother from the moment of birth.” —Christine de Vollmer
“It is thrilling to know that the social sciences have
now determined that the development of nations depends upon the development of individuals. For a century, perhaps, it was
thought that development could be brought about by the injection of money and by government edict…. [But] the old policies
have unwittingly destroyed the family and with it the social fabric. Rather than development, we have almost lost the
only effective vehicle to development: the family. Thanks
to the brilliant and independent observation and study of giants like Gary Becker and Bernardo Kliksberg, the world is realizing
that development depends not so much on economics as on Human and Social Capital. And furthermore, that Family is the place
where Human Capital is created and where Social Capital is generated. Mothers, in constant contact with their babies, are
actually forming the baby’s brain…. It cannot be achieved by part-time caregivers. These caregivers can
attend most excellently to the bodily needs of the child, but not this early brain growth.”
In Honor of Faithful Fathers
"A father's influence in his daughter's life shapes her self-esteem, self-image, confidence
and opinions of men. ‘How Dad approaches life will serve as an example for his daughter…,’ says Michael
Austin…. ‘What matters in the father-daughter relationship is that Dad seeks to live a life of integrity and
honesty, avoiding hypocrisy and admitting his own shortcomings.’” —How Fathers Influence Daughters
“The greatest legacy a man can leave in the world
is not so much a great business, as an investment in the future through his family. Fathers are the ultimate ‘people-builders’.
The fine expectations of your children, the skills you teach them and the values you model for them will be the bricks and
mortar of great future citizens.” — Ian Grant, Fathers Who Dare Win
is all about the things that matter most—about love and new life, about trust and responsibility, about faithfulness
to a family and to a calling. Fathers must be many things, but most of all they must be selfless. Fathers seek to give their
children a share of the world's goods and an even greater share of its goodness.” —President Ronald Reagan’s 1987 Father’s Day Proclamation
How the West Really
Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization (Templeton Press, 2013):
Family and Society: “Society itself depends on the health of the family—and by 'family'
I do not mean just any arrangement that people might call a family, but rather the two-parent, biologically connected, intact
natural family…. Sound families make for a sound society.”
Religion: “The natural family as a whole has been the human symphony through which God has historically
been heard by many people…; and the gradual but by now recognizable muffling of that symphony is surely an important
and overlooked part of the story of how certain Western men and women came not to hear the sacred music any more….
The decline of the family has contributed to the decline of Christianity….The fracturing of the
family combined with the sexual revolution has put a great many people in the West on a collision course with certain fundamental
teachings of the Christian faith.”
Family in Decline: “Across
the advanced nations, the intact married family with children is a diminishing percentage of households. Fewer people are
having children; fewer people who are having children are able to sustain intact two-parent homes for them to grow up in;
and institutional substitutes for the family, from day care in early life to nursing home care at the end, have syncopated
and interrupted the familial rhythms of birth and dependence and death as never before in history.”
Family under Attack: “[There is a] rhetorical belligerence that critics
of the traditional family bring to this conversation. For reasons that are unclear, it appears that those who would retool
the natural family in more progressive directions do not merely seek to be included in the institution’s ranks. Very
often, they seem to regard their social inclusion as a zero-sum game—i.e., as a prize that cannot be had without denigrating
the more traditional forms of family life.”
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Speaks
Out on the Family
2014: “Humanity greatly needs comprehensive global, national
policies and programs that are geared towards family issues as an integrated social system without fragmenting solutions.”Read more
“There is an urgent need for a new mentality that sees the family as part of the solution sought after, rather than
part of the problem. What is required is a mentality that doesn't treat the family as a burden to development, but rather
as a driving force behind it.”Read more
this timely and revealing exposé, Dr. David van Gend (President of the
Australian Marriage Forum) reveals the implications and consequences that proponents of same-sex marriage almost never mention.
Every child, explains Dr. van Gend, has a birthright to both a mother and a father; and to legally foreclose that opportunity
for any child by means of same-sex marriage constitutes a colossal injustice and irreparable harm.
DAY 100TH Anniversary
mother's heart is the child's schoolroom." —Henry Ward Beecher
"Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother's secret hope outlives them all." —Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Many, many mothers I have come across
at my job… have amazed me. I work as a nurse in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Through the new diagnoses, the surgeries,
the intubations, the pain, the resuscitations, the deaths–through it all–I have witnessed the powerful extent
a mother’s love can reach. Happy Mother’s Day to these mothers who, despite the paralyzing circumstances of their
sick children, endure everything with a beautiful patience…. In Islam, there is a well-known Prophetic saying that
‘heaven lies under the feet of your mother.’ Under the exhausted, worn, aching feet of the mothers of sick children–feet
that have trudged through unimaginable roads of grief–I hope for a heaven in which they can see their child in the healthiest
and happiest of forms.”
“Maternal love is the first
tangible bond any human being knows. It is a tie at once physical, emotional, psychological, and mystical. With all of the
words that have been written about motherhood, all of the poems of tribute and gratitude that have been penned through the
ages, all of the portraits of a mother and child that have been painted down the centuries, none has come close to expressing
in full the thankfulness and joy owing to mothers."
The Birth World Mourns The Loss Of Giants "The birth world has lost two of its great
heroes… Marsden Grigg Wagner, M.D., and David B. Chamberlain, PhD, are gone…. For 15 years, Marsden Wagner served
as Director of Women’s and Children’s Health for the World Health Organization…. Dr. David Chamberlain
was also a powerhouse of influence. He was a psychologist, author, and pioneer in the field of pre- and perinatal psychology.
He wrote the groundbreaking book Babies Remember Birth… [and] recently published Windows to the Womb, Revealing the Conscious Baby from
Conception to Birth. Dr. Chamberlain wrote and spoke extensively about the concept that babies in the womb are actually capable
of learning, feeling pain, real communication, and having actual memories.”
STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING
The Scourge of Human Trafficking, by Archbishop Francis Chullikatt "Trafficking in persons constitutes a shameful crime against human dignity and a grave violation
of fundamental human rights… [and] constitutes an affront to the dignity of human nature and to fundamental values
shared by humanity. While political, social and legal protections are indispensable to combating the scourge of human trafficking,
we must also work to address those societal factors which foster the environment that makes human trafficking possible."
“Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, the United Nations Special Rapporteur
on Trafficking in Persons, called human trafficking a criminal activity, on rapid increase in the world. Ezeilo said that
not a single country or entity has yet been able to stop this practice, and the magnitude of this problem is enormous.”
27 million people in slavery today, how can we ever hope to eradicate this horror? In fact, this generation, after 5,000 years
of human slavery, can bring it to an end…. To bring people to freedom and to end slavery, three things have to happen…”
a survivor of sex slavery, I have dedicated my life’s work to ending it. To many people, the issue of slavery seems
like a clear case of right and wrong. The reality is much more complicated. There are many root causes and serious challenges.
But these challenges do not stop me from continuing to find solutions to eradicate slavery and empower its survivors as part
of the solution.”
“Adelaide couple Mark and Matt, both 29, have
acquired Thai-designed newborns Tate and Estelle through commercialised surrogacy overseas…. What most concerns me
is the complete erasure of the mother or mothers in these acts of global womb renting by wealthy Westerners. This latest case
highlights this mother disappearance.”
“In the Francophone countries of Africa, there is a grisly practice whereby girls as young as 9 are sold
into marriages with men 40, 50, or 60 years their senior. ‘Sounds more like sex-trafficking,’ said a friend of
mine… His assessment was correct.”
“African… girls are often married at or before puberty
to whomever their fathers choose, sometimes to husbands as much as half a century older. Many of those same girls later choose
lifelong misery over divorce because custom decrees that children in patriarchal tribes belong to the father.”
"All these acts…
are… ultra vires and must be recognised as violating the principle of sovereign equality and exceeding the treaty monitoring
body mandate. The Committee’s ultra vires acts, though not directly legally binding, seriously affect the legal regime
in the states parties to the UNCRC [United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child]. They affect national law enforcement
practice, changes to national legislation, and influence legally binding decisions by other international bodies."
“Recognizing that the preparations for and observance of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the
Family provide a useful opportunity… for undertaking concerted actions to strengthen familycentred
policies and programmes as part of an integrated comprehensive approach to development…
“Recognizing that the family, as the natural and
fundamental group unit of society, has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children and that children,
for the full and harmonious development of their personality, should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere
of happiness, love and understanding…” Read the resolution
"A special claim is laid upon Jews
by the very first words spoken aloud by God in the hearing of mankind—the first of the Bible’s divine injunctions
to humanity and the first idea that humans encounter in the earliest moments of their conscious existence: ‘Be fruitful
and increase, fill the earth and subdue it.’ (Genesis 1:28) Indeed, for a couple of thousand years, the non-Jewish
world thought that what was most distinctive about the Jews was the teleological dimension with which their religion had endowed
sexuality, marriage, and fruitfulness. The Jews thought so themselves."
“I am a Catholic. My Church teaches me to esteem our Muslim friends and
to work with them in the cause of promoting justice and moral values… Let us… forget past quarrels and stand
together for righteousness, justice, and the dignity of all…. Let us be mindful that it is not our Muslim fellow citizens
who have undermined public morality, assaulted our religious liberty, and attempted to force us to comply with their ideology
on pain of being reduced to the status of second-class citizens. Let all of us—Christians, Jews, Muslims, and people
of other faiths who ‘esteem an upright life’ and seek truly to honor God and do His will—embrace each other.”
“Attitudes toward marriage and having children have changed in America over
the past 50 years, and low-income children and their mothers are the ones who are paying the price. The statistics make clear
what common sense tells us: Children who grow up in a home with married parents have an easier time becoming educated, wealthy
and successful than children reared by one parent.”
1975 [while in prison], he could write: ‘Honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity,
readiness to serve others—qualities which are within reach of every soul—are the foundations of one’s spiritual
life. Development in matters of this nature is inconceivable without serious introspection… At least, if for nothing
else, the cell gives you the opportunity to look daily into your entire conduct, to overcome the bad and develop whatever
is good within you.... Never forget that a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.'”
“The European court of human rights exceeds its legitimate powers, usurps the role of politicians
and ‘undermines the democratic process,’ one of the UK's most senior judges has warned…. [Lord] Sumption
highlighted one example of the court's ‘creative’ role in reinterpreting the convention to take into account contemporary
circumstances, namely its interpretation of Article 8 of the convention – the right to private and family life. A right
originally ‘devised as a protection against the surveillance state by totalitarian governments’ now extends, Sumption
said, ‘to cover the legal status of illegitimate children, immigration and deportation, extradition, aspects of criminal
sentencing, abortion, homosexuality, assisted suicide…, and a great deal else besides…. None of these extensions
are warranted by the express language of the convention, nor in most cases are they necessary implications.’”
“Under the misleading headline ‘China to Ease One-Child Policy,’ Xinhua News Agency reported
last Friday that China will now lift the ban on a second child, if either parent is an only child. It is already the case
that couples can have a second child if both parents are themselves only children. This minor adjustment will not ‘ease’
the one-child policy. It will merely tweak it."
"In her opening remarks, [Utah first lady] Jeanette Herbert said the goal of Uplift Families is to help parents turn
‘the job of parenting into the joy of parenting.’ The role of parents is not to just raise good kids, she said,
but to raise children with the skill set they need to be productive adults…. During their presentation, [Richard and
Linda Eyre] shared their five basic principles of all families — the need to not be overly concerned with small issues;
to remember each child is unique; to preserve time for personal needs; to prioritize children while they live in the home;
and to give children more by giving them less.”
“While European leaders are busy expressing public indignation over reports of American
espionage operations in the European Union, the European Parliament is quietly considering a proposal that calls for the direct
surveillance of any EU citizen suspected of being ‘intolerant.’ Critics say the measure— which seeks to
force the national governments of all 28 EU member states to establish ‘special administrative units’ to monitor
any individual or group expressing views that the self-appointed guardians of European multiculturalism deem to be ‘intolerant’—
represents an unparalleled threat to free speech in a Europe where citizens are already regularly punished for expressing
the ‘wrong’ opinions…. ‘Faith-based groups and schools, adherents of a particular religion or even
just parents who want to teach their children certain moral values would all be put under general suspicion of being intolerant,’
according to European Dignity Watch.”
"The clearest demonstration of this monumental
shift in morality and worldview is the revolution now underway with regard to marriage, the family, and human sexuality.
Long ago, historians Will and Ariel Durant noted that sex is 'a river of fire that must be banked and cooled by a hundred
restraints.' The primary restraint has always been the institution of marriage itself, an institution that is inescapably
heterosexual and based in the monogamous union of a man and a woman as husband and wife. In our times, the fires of sex and
sexuality are increasingly unbanked and uncooled. Similarly, Pitirim Sorokin, the founder of sociology at Harvard University,
pointed to the regulation of sexuality as the essential first mark of civilization. According to Sorokin, civilization is
possible only when marriage is normative and sexual conduct is censured outside of the marital relationship. Furthermore,
Sorokin traced the rise and fall of civilizations and concluded that the weakening of marriage was a first sign of civilizational
collapse.... We are living in the shadow of a great moral revolution that we commonly believe will have grave and devastating
human consequences.... I am unashamed to stand with you in the defense of marriage and family and a vision of human sexual
“While the findings of social science and the teachings of religion lend support to the family, we turn
to the American Founders for a stronger, principled defense of traditional marriage and the family. The Founders understood
that the family, with the commitment of marriage needed to sustain it, is uniquely equipped to educate and prepare individuals
for the responsibilities of citizenship and is therefore critical to the success of the American experiment in self-government.”
"Dr. Allan C. Carlson, International Secretary of the World Congress
of Families and President of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society spoke on 'Family Structure, Educational Liberty
and Creative Genius' at the Rhodes Forum October 2-6…. 'Fundamentally, marriage and the family must be restored to
their place of dignity among the great values in human life, not to be trifled with.'"
Xi Jinping believes China is losing its moral compass and he wants the ruling Communist Party to be more tolerant of traditional
faiths in the hope these will help fill a vacuum created by the country's breakneck growth and rush to get rich."
can now read, search, and compare 160 constitutions from around the world thanks to Constitute, a website launched by Google on Monday. The site, developed by the Comparative Constitutions Project, with seed funding by Google Ideas, has digitized
the constitutions of 160 countries, making them fully searchable.”
violent religious extremist groups have held sway, be it central Somalia or elsewhere, they have penetrated every nook and
cranny of human endeavor, imposing their will on families and communities in horrific ways."
rights of religious groups or individuals that object to same-sex marriage continue to clash with those pursued by gay rights
advocates. Now, the fight that started at state ballot boxes and in courtrooms has moved to floral shops, bakeries and photo
by Plaintiffs, marriage would merely become a reparation, a symbolic capstone, and a personal reward, not a gateway to adult
responsibilities, including childbearing, childrearing, and the inculcating of civic virtues in the next generation for the
benefit of the larger society.”
in the cause of belief, whether religious or secular, produces not genuine conviction, but pretense and inauthenticity. It
is therefore essential that religious freedom include the right to change one's beliefs and religious affiliation. It also
includes the right to witness to one's beliefs in public as well as private, and to act—while respecting the equal right
of others to do the same—on one's religiously inspired convictions in carrying out the duties of citizenship. Religious
liberty includes a heavy presumption against being coerced to act contrary to one's sense of religious duty."
"Too many members of the foreign policy establishment disagree with George Washington that religious conviction
is essential to 'the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity.' Too few members of that foreign policy elite
understand James Madison’s conviction that religious citizens and their communities are essential parts of civil society,
and thus important checks on the tendency of all governments to expand their power."
“First of all, thank you to God for whom we all are equal
and thank you to every person who has prayed for my fast recovery and a new life. I cannot believe how much love people have
shown me.... Dear sisters and brothers, I am not against anyone. Neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against
the Taliban or any other terrorists group. I am here to speak up for the right of education of every child. I want education
for the sons and the daughters of all the extremists especially the Taliban. I do not even hate the Talib who shot me.
Even if there is a gun in my hand, and he stands in front of me, I would not shoot him.This is the compassion that I have
learned from Muhammad the prophet of mercy, and Jesus Christ, and Lord Buddha…. This is the forgiveness that I have
learned from my father and from my mother.”
the least reported fact about [the] rulings on marriage: the Supreme Court refused to give Ted Olson and David Boies, the
lawyers suing to overturn Prop 8, what they wanted. The Court refused to redefine marriage for the entire nation. The Court
refused to "discover" a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Citizens and their elected representatives remain
free to discuss, debate, and vote about marriage policy in all fifty states."
"The opinion was of a kind we are
used to seeing by now from Justice Kennedy: long on windy rhetoric about 'dignity' and ad hominem attacks on the basic human
decency of the law’s defenders, and short on actual coherent legal reasoning from recognizable constitutional principles….
But the battle continues, and for people who have faith in the truth, despair is never an option. Yes. It could have been
much, much worse. We have a lot of work ahead of us."
the Supreme Court failed to uphold two important laws defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. At the same time,
the Court also refused to fabricate a new right to same-sex marriage, as the proponents of redefining marriage through the
courts had hoped to do. In other words, the debate about marriage will continue. States will lead the way..."
current of French thought, which has no real American equivalent, has maintained that while women deserve equal rights, these
rights must not entail the supposed erasure of sexual difference.”
"The Pope urged the Archbishop to continue proclaiming 'the sacredness of
human life or the importance of the institution of the family built on marriage, a value that you yourself have had occasion
to recall recently.'"
“Kids need dads. Not ‘male role models.’
Not ‘masculine influences.’ Not ‘Y chromosome facilitators.’ Dads….Marriage
is more than a good idea. It is, hands down, the best way to ensure that mothers, fathers, and children reach their full potential
and have the best opportunity to achieve happiness.”
"We are also encouraged by the turning
tide of scholarly support for the free exercise of religion as it applies to important social issues. For example, the
Girgis, Anderson, and George book What Is Marriage? states a powerful scholarly and philosophical case for the time-honored definition of marriage as between a man and a
woman and its importance for the issue of religious freedom. If the defense of traditional marriage 'comes to be seen as irrational,'
the authors write, 'people’s freedom to express and live by it will be curbed,' and 'believing what virtually every
human society once believed about marriage—that it is a male-female union—will be seen increasingly as a
malicious prejudice, to be driven to the margins of culture.'"
“The British House of Lords began debate on a bill that would create a right to gay marriage. Speaking
before the body, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby [said]: ‘The result is confusion. Marriage is abolished, redefined
and recreated – being different and unequal for different categories…. The concept of marriage as a normative
place for procreation is lost. The idea of marriage as covenant is diminished. The family in its normal sense predating the
state and as our base community of society is weakened… It is not at heart a faith issue. It is about the general social
"Delivering a keynote address on 'The Roles of Traditional and
Religious Leaders in the prevention of teenage pregnancies,' the First Lady noted that... sustainable development
can only be achieved in the fight against teenage pregnancies if our traditional leaders will return to the dignity
and high moral values that had held our traditional communities together."