Values Voter SUMMIT –
September 17-19, Washington, D.C.
The annual Values Voter Summit will be held September 17-19 at the Omni Shoreham
Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The Summit is sponsored by FRC Action, Family Research Council, AFA Action,
American Values, The Heritage Foundation, Liberty University and Liberty
Counsel. Family Research Council and American Family Association are World
Congress of Families Partners.
This year ’s Summit includes a stellar lineup of speakers. Those confirmed
include Gov. Mike Huckabee, Bill Bennett, Senator Rick Santorum, Rep. Michelle
Bachmann, Rep. Mike Spence and Star Parker. Invited speakers include Arizona
Gov. Jan Brewer, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin and
Gov. Sarah Palin.
Breakout sessions include: “American Apocalypse – When Christians Do Nothing
Secularists Do Everything – The Case for Christian Activism,” “Indivisible:
Social and Economic Foundations of American Liberty,” “Social Justice: Am I My
Brother ’s Keeper?,” “The Falsehood of the Inevitability of Same-Sex
‘Marriage’,” “How to Reach the Online Generation (Without Losing Your Soul)” and
“Who are the Tea Party and Christian Voters and What Do They Believe?”
Saturday evening features a Special Gala Honoring Don Wildmon (Chairman
Emeritus, American Family Association), and includes presentation of the James
C. Dobson Leadership Award.
The Values Voter Summit is the premiere family values event of the year.
Registration is only $99, students $50 (scholarships available).
Click here for more information. For more information, call 1-877-372-2808.
Allan Carlson To Speak At National Marriage Day Celebration In Australia
World Congress of Families International Secretary Dr. Allan C. Carlson will be
the Keynote Speaker at a dinner for Australia’s National Marriage Day on August
12th, in Sydney. National Marriage Day is celebrated on August 13 and marks the
passage of the Marriage Amendment Act of 2004, by which the Australian
Parliament defined marriage as “a union between a man and a woman, to the
exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”
The 2010 National Marriage Dinner will be held at the York Conference &
Function Centre in Sydney, starting at 6:45pm. The leading historian of the
family (the sponsors call him “one of the foremost pro-family warriors of our
time”), Dr. Carlson will speak on “Why Australia Needs a Renewed Culture of
Marriage.” Carlson maintains that the natural family, not the individual, is the
“source of ordered liberty, the fountain of real democracy (and) the seedbed of
AFA is also involved in a national petition drive – a grass-roots campaign to
retain the traditional definition of marriage.
In conjunction with National Marriage Day, AFA is selling gold rosettes
(roses fashioned of tinfoil) symbolizing marriage. Its goal is to have 100,000
rosettes worn across the country on August 13. The message of National Marriage
Day – “Marriage is good for you, good for children and good for society.”
Click here for more information on the National Marriage Day Dinner and to
Click here to order rosettes
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Than 180 Leaders From 25 Countries Sign World Congress Of Families
Petition Supporting “No” Campaign – Kenyans Opposed To Pro-abortion
World Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs announced the
conclusion of an historic petition drive “In Support Of The ‘No’ Campaign –
Kenyans Opposed To The Pro- Abortion Constitution.”
In less than a week, the Congress gathered signatures from more than 180
pro-life and pro-family leaders in 25 countries. Signers include former Arkansas
Governor Mike Huckabee, Former Boston Mayor and Vatican Ambassador Ray Flynn and
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, as well as current or former members of
the parliaments of Britain, Australia and the European Union, and the Congresses
of Poland and the Philippines.
Organizations whose leaders are represented include: Endeavour Forum
(Australia) – Alliance for Romania’s Families – Christian Legal Centre (U.K.) –
Family Values Organization (U.K.) – Priests for Life – Population Research
Institute – National Federation of Orthodox Pro-Life Associations from Romania –
Family Watch International – Tradition, Family and Property – Parents Forum
Switzerland – Concerned Women for America – Alliance Defense Fund – The Family
Network (Mexico) – Action for the Family (Belgium) – Catholic Family and Human
Rights Institute – International Council of Catholic Men – Spanish Federation of
Pro-Life Organizations – Spanish Pro-Life Association – Right to Life Spain –
REAL Women of Canada – Lutherans for Life (Latvia) – Human Life International –
Women for Life International – Catholics for the Common Good – United Families
International – Heartbeat International – Liberty Counsel – Americans United for
Life – National Right to Life Committee – Marriage and Family Centre (Catholic
Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia) – Filipino Family Fund – Silent No More
Campaign – Christian Heritage Party of Canada – Religious Freedom Coalition –
The Free Synod of The Church of Sweden – LifeSiteNews.com – LifeNews.com – Malta
Unborn Child Movement – Hazte Oir.org (Speak Out, Spain) – The Justice
Foundation – The John Paul II Movement for The Family (Mexico), Family and
Society (Mexico) – Latin American Alliance for the Family – Howard Center for
Family, Religion & Society – March of Repentance (U.K.) – Life Legal Defense
Foundation – American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists –
American Alliance of Jews and Christians – Association for the Defense of
Christian Values (Italy) – Doctors Health Initiative (Nigeria) – African
Anti-Abortion Coalition/Global Po-Life Alliance – Eagle Forum – Foundation for
African Cultural Heritage – Institute for Judaism and Civilization (Melbourne,
Australia) – Fr. Piotr Skarga Institute (Poland) – Campaign Life Coalition
(Canada) – Vision America Action – International Right to Life Federation –
Association for the Family (Congo) – Forum of Polish Women – Friends of Human
Life Club (Poland) – Catholic Families for America – Zhin Pro-Life Centers
(Russia) – United for Life (Guatemala) – Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious
Liberty Commission – The Beverly LaHaye Institute – Focus on The Family – Family
Talk – Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life – Traditional Values Coalition –
John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family (East Melbourne, Australia)
–Women for Life Taiwan – Torah Jews for Decency – Rabbinical Alliance of America
– Human Life International, Nigeria – Catholic Laity Council, Nigeria – National
Institute of Family Life Advocates – Anglicans for Life – Happy Home Foundation
(Nigeria) – Precious Life Ireland – European Network, Institute for Family
Policies – Family First Foundation and Right to Life, Netherlands.
Jacobs observed: “Kenyans are literally fighting for life – the lives of
unborn children. The Constitution, which will be voted on by Kenyans on August
4, includes language which overturns current Kenyan law prohibiting abortion
except to save the mother’s life. It would allow abortion when the mother’s
‘health’ is affected by a continuation of pregnancy. The World Health
Organization (WHO) defines ‘health’ to include ‘complete physical, mental and
social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ Thus,
Section 26 of the proposed Constitution sets up a mechanism for abortion on
Africa has been targeted by international population control groups for
legalized abortion. It’s reported the Obama administration has spent over $23
million to promote Kenya’s pro-abortion Constitution in the referendum.
Jacobs urged the people of Kenya to carefully consider the consequences of
this fatal move, which could be the first step on a tragic road the West has
followed, leading to one-quarter of all pregnancies in the U.S. ending in
Click here for the text of the Petition and a full list of signers and
August 13 – National Marriage Day in Australia – Allan Carlson will speak at
National Marriage Day Dinner in Sydney on August 12th.
Click here for more information.
September 17-19 – Values Voter Summit, Washington, D.C.
Click here for more information.
November 5-7 – Human Life International Asia- Pacific Conference in Manila, The
Philippines. For more information, contact Joe Meaney at
November 23-25 – WCF Regional Congress, “Family As A Value in Religion,
Tradition and Modernity” Conference in Istanbul, Co- Sponsored by the
Journalists and Writers Foundation. Allan Carlson will be a keynote speaker. For
more information, contact Larry Jacobs at
Communications Director Lectures On Declining FRC
WCF Communications Director Don Feder delivered a Family Policy Lecture on June
24, at the Family Research Council, on “The Roots of Demographic Winter and the
Global Economic Crisis.”
Feder recently spoke on falling fertility rates at the WCF Regional
Congress/Family Values Conference in London (June 2-3), at Warrane College at
the University of New South Wales (May 13) and to the Endeavour Forum in
Melbourne, Australia (May 14).
Feder remarked: “We wonder why there’s no recovery. Liberals say more
stimulus spending is the answer. Conservatives say cut taxes. They’re both
missing the big picture – the impact of declining fertility and aging societies
on economies. According to a June 16 story in The New York Times, in many parts
of the country in May, housing sales dropped by 20% over the same period last
year. Few observers relate this to the fact that the Baby Boom generation (the
largest in U.S. history) is trying to sell large homes they no longer need, and
the much smaller Generation X can’t pick up the slack.”
Demographic Winter is a signature issue of World Congress of Families, which
began discussing falling fertility in 1999 at World Congress of Families II. At
the last Congress (WCF V, Amsterdam, 2009) the problem was addressed by both
plenary session speakers and panelists.
Click here for a webcast of Feder’s lecture.
Click here for Feder’s speech “The Philosophical Roots of Demographic Winter”
at World Congress of Families V.
Click here to order “Demographic Winter: The Decline of The Human Family” and
“Demographic Bomb: Demography Is Destiny,” the only two documentaries on
Women Of Canada Scores Victory with Human Trafficking Law
On June 29, an amendment to Canada’s Criminal Code establishing a minimum
sentence for child trafficking was signed into law. The legislation was
championed by REAL Women of Canada, a World Congress of Families Partner.
This amendment provides a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment for
anyone convicted of trafficking a minor in Canada, and a minimum of six years
imprisonment for cases with aggravating factors.
Prior to this, Canada did not have a minimum sentence for child trafficking.
An October 2008, “Report of the Canada-U.S. Consultation in Preparation for the
World Congress III Against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents,”
recommended that Canada enact a mandatory minimum penalty for child trafficking.
Last year, the “2009 U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons Report” noted
the difficulties reported by Canadian law enforcement with securing adequate
punishments against offenders.
At a hearing of the Justice and Human Rights Committee of the House of
Commons, on June 1, 2009, REAL Women of Canada (which was the only group to
testify for the legislation) noted: “Human trafficking, which involves the
recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of individuals for
sexual or labor exploitation, is in our opinion modern-day slavery. The offense
of human trafficking is one of the three most lucrative enterprises carried out
worldwide by organized crime, outranked only by the trade in weapons and drugs.”
According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 600 individuals annually are
known victims of human trafficking for sexual purposes in Canada; 800
individuals are victims for drug trafficking purposes, forced marriage, or
domestic labor; and between 1,500 and 2,000 are transported across Canada for
purposes of exploitation in other destinations, mostly the United States. The
domestic trafficking of aboriginal and other women and youth from within Canada
is a concern equal to that of the importation of individuals from abroad for the
purposes of human trafficking.
Congratulations to REAL Women of Canada on a job well done.
Click here for REAL Women’s website.
Saunders Addresses 10th Annual Free Society Seminar in Slovakia
The Free Society Seminar (FSS) celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. FSS
was founded in 2000 by the eminent scholar, Michael Novak, in order to
articulate the principles of a free society – economic, political and personal –
for young people living in nations emerging from Communism.
Novak, who founded the Tertio Millennio seminar a decade earlier (held
annually in Krakow, Poland), based FSS in the nation of his ancestors, Slovakia.
WCF Management Committee Member and Americans United for Life Senior Counsel
William L. Saunders, who lectured there this summer, said: “I believe, that the
future of Europe hinges on a few nations, including Slovakia, which have held
fast to their cultural, religious, and moral traditions. Only they can prove a
counter to the ‘liberationist’ agenda coming out of Western Europe.”
Along with Saunders, instructors included Michael Novak, Father Derek Cross,
and Robert Royal, the president of the Faith & Reason Institute in D.C., who is
himself of Slovak descent.
FSS divides its ten-day course between the Slovak capital, Bratislava, and
Spes, a small town in the west. There are cultural outings aplenty (the wood
carving in the Cathedral near Spes, for instance, is the finest seen anywhere in
Europe), but the heart of the course is, of course, the lectures. The four
teachers cover a range of subjects from human rights to political institutions
to social theology to Lord of the Rings. Since students spend a full 10 days
together, the normal barriers come down, and discussions are free-flowing and
fruitful. Though FSS is located in Slovakia and half of its students come from
there, the other half are mostly Americans, though other Central Europeans –
Ukranians, Croats and Poles – are also represented.
If you know young people (college and grad students) who would benefit from
joining FSS as it enters its second decade, they may direct inquiries to
Professor Royal at
The FSS webpage is
Click here for the website of Americans United for Life (a WCF Partner).
National Right to Life
Committee Annual Convention
The three-day, annual convention of the National Right to Life Committee was
held this year on June 24-26 in Pittsburgh, PA. Upwards of 1,000 people heard
excellent presentations from outstanding speakers on a wide range of pro-life
These included: Dr. Steve Zelinski on the Pain of the Unborn; Steven Mosher
on Sex-Selection Abortions; Dr. Angela Franks on Margaret Sanger ’s Eugenic
Legacy; and NRLC’s Douglas Johnson and Burke Balch, Esq., on the dangers of
ObamaCare. Mark and LaRee Pickup gave a riveting account of a much-regretted
abortion and Monsignor James Lisante, presented an inspirational speech that
closed the convention at the Saturday night banquet.
A primary concern for those gathered at the Convention was the strategy for
repeal of the Obama Health Care Plan. President Dr. Wanda Franz declared: “Now,
under the new health care law, it is not just the unborn who are threatened by
the cold hand of government. Now it is also we, the already born, who are in
danger, because the inevitable result of the new health care law will be the
rationing of medical care. And rationed care leads to involuntary euthanasia of
the elderly and of those whose ‘quality of life’ is considered too poor for
modern medical care.”
House Republican Leader John Boehner received the National Right to Life
Legislative Leadership Award for outstanding pro-life leadership in Congress.
Leader Boehner deplored the passage of the Health Care bill and expressed his
concern, noting: “When human life takes a back seat to other priorities–personal
comforts, economics–freedom is diminished. By contrast, when we affirm the
dignity of life, we affirm our commitment to freedom…The defense of life and the
defense of freedom are necessarily linked. We know this to be true. And if we
accept it, then the current political agenda in Washington is a threat to
In spite of the set-back represented by the passage of the Obama Health Care
Bill, the mood was optimistic. Executive Director, David O’Steen reminded
attendees that 61% of the public does not want government health care providing
for abortion and 51% of Americans identify themselves as pro-life.
They heard about new legislative initiatives, such as the Pain-Capable Unborn
Child Protection Act, and had many opportunities to learn about strategies to
provide pro-life education and outreach.
The National Teens for Life organization holds a parallel conference at each
NRLC Convention. This year, NTL celebrated its 25th anniversary. Past presidents
of the organization helped with the anniversary, including Derrick Jones,
current Communications Director for NRLC; Joleigh Little, NTL co-advisor and
Director of Wisconsin Teens for Life; speaker Dr. Angela Franks; and NTL
founding president, Jack St. Martin.
The next convention will be held June 23-25, 2011 in Jacksonville, FL.
of the speeches may be obtained from NRLC.
Sadly Notes The Passing of Father Paul Marx
“Father Paul Marx was a good friend and supporter of the World Congress of
Families,” said WCF International Secretary Allan Carlson.
A pioneer of the pro-life movement, Father Paul Marx, OSB, died on March 20,
Fr. Marx was born on May 8, 1920 in St. Michael, MN. He attended St. John’s
University in Collegeville, MN and was ordained in 1947. He earned a doctorate
in family sociology from the Catholic University of America in 1956. As a
sociology professor at St. John’s, he recognized imminent threats to the
sanctity of life and began to speak out against abortion, euthanasia and
In 1959, Fr. Marx became one of the first to fully commit to pro-life
activism upon the American Law Institute’s release of its model abortion law.
Fr. Marx founded the Human Life Center at St. John’s University in 1972.
Human Life International, a World Congress of Families Partner, became Fr.
Marx’s principle vehicle for spreading the pro-life movement. His 13 books
include “The Death Peddlers: War on the Unborn” (1971) and “Death Without
Dignity: Killing for Mercy”
(1982). He traveled to all fifty states and 90
countries, helping to found Family Life International in the U.K, Australia and
New Zealand, as well as the U.S. Population Research Institute, also a World Congress of Families Partner.
Pope John Paul II told him, “Fr. Marx, you are doing the most important work
Click here for Human Life International (a WCF
An international champion of the unborn, Fr. Marx will be missed.
Alveda King of Priests for Life Addresses the European Parliament
Dr. Alveda King, niece of legendary civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
told the European Parliament in Brussels on June 22, 2010,“Abortion, like racial discrimination, is an assault on human dignity.”
She continued, “In our hearts, we know this. For too long, though, we have looked the other way. We have not wanted to get involved. We have convinced ourselves that people will never change when it comes to abortion. I’m here to tell you that this is not true. I have seen change, in myself, in others, and in my nation. What happened with slavery and racism is now happening with abortion.”
Dr. King is a Special Representative for Human Dignity for the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (PNCI) and Priests for Life’s Director of African American Outreach. Priests for Life is a World Congress of Families Partner.
Gay Mitchell, MEP from Ireland, invited Dr. King to be the featured speaker at several well-attended events organized by Working Groups for Human Dignity. In addition to her address before lawmakers and staff in Brussels, she spoke at Parliaments in Westminster and in Dublin.
During her visit, Dr. King met separately with Members of Parliament including Nirj Deva, President of the International Committee on Human Dignity and a Member of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group which co-sponsored the event in Brussels. In Westminster, Dr. King was the guest speaker for the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Dignity.
Different Approach To Sex Education
Excerpts from the remarks of Louise Kirk at The Family Values Conference/World
Congress of Families Regional Congress (June 2-3, London)
makes practical as well as moral sense as soon as you look at the whole of
life’s progression. One speaker well known to the World Congress of Families is
Patrick Fagan. Had he been here I am sure that he would have told us how
marriage lifts children out of poverty. It is obvious that a married couple is
better off than a single mother, but did you know that a married man living with
his wife and family can expect to be 20-30% better off than a co-habiting man in
the same position? A large part of school education is designed to prepare
children to earn a good living, and on these grounds alone it does not make
rational sense to avoid teaching marriage.
Marriage also provides an answer to a second sexual crisis which we are
currently experiencing, one which I consider even more serious than that of
teenage pregnancy: I am talking about the crisis of adult loneliness. I predict
that the problems caused to society by teenage pregnancy will pale into
insignificance beside the problems coming to us from loose unattached adults. We
are beginning to hear about this in the press, but we haven’t even begun to meet
its seriousness when the current generation of promiscuous youngsters grows into
old age, having so messed up their lives that they are unable to bond into
lasting relationships either with spouses, partners or children. We know about
the financial problems of providing for pensions, but I am also talking about
the social problems of actually caring for such unattached elderly people. One
can understand why euthanasia has the potential to become as much of a scourge
as abortion if we do not do something to stop it.
So first, what are we going to teach? And second, how are we going to teach
1. The truth about relationships – We relate to others in our whole persons:
spirit, mind and body. Authentic relationships are formed when the language of
our bodies matches the language of our spirits and of our minds. Within marriage
and the family, warm physical relations are appropriate, but most relationships
in life are minimally physical. This includes the relationships we have with
others at school, at work and in society at large. These relationships are not
unimportant just because they are not physical. The reverse is true. The
relationships we have with others, both of our own sex and with members of the
opposite sex, are many and are extremely important and it is on them that the
strength of society also rests. This needs training, and it is appropriate in
youth to be shown how to relate well with others without thinking first of the
physical.” “It is by learning how to form good friendships and working
relationships with others that we forge the characteristics of a good husband or
wife and in the process become good citizens.”
“Part of understanding the physical side of sexual
relationships is understanding the truth of our fertility. This knowledge should
be imparted to children at the appropriate time and in an appropriate way. Here,
I want to say something very important: Society talks about ‘Reproductive
Technology.’ Add the word ‘Modern’ and we are given the impression that we have
made solid scientific advances in methods of family planning and birth control.
This is a sham. Using Modern Reproductive Technology we as a society have in
• Lost control of procreation – births occur out of turn and do not appear when
they are wanted; and
• Lost control of bonding – youngsters are bonding inappropriately at school and
then failing to make the lasting bonds necessary in their 20s and 30s to found
new families. Fascinating new knowledge of brain development actually shows us
how sexual relationships change the physical pathways of the brain. Bonding
really does happen, and if it happens inappropriately the capacity to bond again
in the future is damaged.
2. Values – In addition to teaching the truth of human relationships, we need
to teach that there are universal values, that there is such a thing as good
behavior and bad behavior and that this includes sexual morality.
3. Virtues – These are habits of good behavior, which require knowledge of
right and wrong but also strong willpower. The greatest of all the virtues is,
of course, charity, the emptying of the self to love and serve others.” How are
we going to teach
“One cannot preach: children are quickly enticed if only by curiosity to try
out the behaviors which are prohibited. One has to attract. Here we have to have
confidence that the resonance of truth can in itself go a long way to appeal to
children. But lessons must be fun and age appropriate, so that children want to
At this point, I return to Alive to the World. Christine Vollmer’s answer to
creating an enticing program (of moral instruction) was to return to the age-old
method of conveying moral truths, and that is by telling stories. The stories
are about two cousins, Charlie and Alice, who grow up through the books
alongside their readers, sharing the concerns typical of children of that age.
Subjects are introduced at the appropriate time and not according to government
diktat. The first book in our UK series, for age 7-8, talks about teamwork.
Beginning with school games and sport, it shows how what is learned about rules
and positions of responsibility on the games pitch also applies in the home, at
school and in the wider community. The books are attractive so that children
want to pick them up and read them. Because they are stories, there is no
invasion of privacy (as one finds with some government sex-education curricula),
and marriage and family life are portrayed very positively. The more intimate
facts of sex education are reserved in separate stories downloadable by teachers
from our website. These can then be printed out and given to parents to share
with their own children with all freedom at an appropriate time.
Before coming to a close, I want to draw attention to two features of Alive
to the World:
• By using stories, Alive to the World is able to set realistic scenarios
which show how difficult life can be and how it presents us with conflicting
priorities. The program is not based on sentiment, on general platitudes about
being kind and thinking of others. It puts before the children the reality of
temptation because, as we all know, virtue is forged by facing up to temptation,
falling into it, saying sorry and starting again.
• It is not a religious program, but it prepares the bed into which the seeds
of faith can be planted. In this room we represent many faiths and we have
talked about how we can co-operate in teaching family values. Alive to the World
is an offering to all faith communities, and I hope that many of us will be able
to work together in using it. Thank you.”
Louise Kirk is the U.K. Coordinator of Alive to The World
Click here for the
full text of her remarks
Click here for Alive To The World (www.alivetotheworld.co.uk)
ARGENTINA SAYS “SI” TO SAME-SEX “MARRIAGE”
On July 21, Argentina became the first Latin American nation to enact
same-sex marriage, when a measure which passed both houses of the legislature
was signed into law by President Cristina Fernandez, a supporter of gay
“marriage.” The law gives those involved in pseudo-marriages the same rights as
married couples, including the right to adopt. When the measure was before the
Argentine Senate, leaders of the Catholic Church held a rally estimated at
250,000, to affirm normative marriage. Catholics were joined by the Christian
Alliance of Evangelical Churches and the Evangelical Pentecostal Confraternity
Federation in rallying against the bill. Cardinal Primate Jorge Bergoglio called
the law “a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive
the children of God.” Seven countries have now instituted homosexual “marriage,”
as well as 6 of the United States. Nearly 40 states have constitutionally
defined marriage as “the union of a man and a woman,” most by referenda, on
which the pro-marriage vote averaged over 60%. On July 11, World Congress of
Families sent the following message of solidarity to the pro-marriage rally in
Buenos Aires: “World Congress of Families recognizes marriage, founded on the
natural family, as the life-long union of a man and a woman, joined in love and
tradition, for the purposes of companionship, mutual support and raising
children. Marriage substitutes undermine marriage and the natural family.
Children need both a mother and a father, as affirmed by the findings of social
science. Those raised by two men or two women are psychologically and socially
SPAIN’S GOVERNMENT LEVIES 100,000-EURO FINE FOR PRO-FAMILY AD
Spain’s socialist government has slapped a fine of 100,000 Euros ($130,000
U.S.) on Intereconomia, a Catholic media group that broadcast an ad opposing the
homosexual agenda. The ad, which shows scenes from Spanish Gay Pride parades,
poses a series of questions to viewers: “Is this the type of society you want?”
and “Are these the examples you want for your children?” The government claims
the ads violate the nation’s broadcasting code, which prohibits discrimination.
The European Centre for Law and Justice decried the fine, stating, “The decision
of the Spanish government goes directly against international standards
protecting freedom of expression and freedom of thought, conscience and
religion.” The Centre argues: “Freedom of expression applies not only to
information and ideas that are favorably received or regarded as inoffensive or
indifferent, but also to expression that may offend, shock or disturb the State
or any sector of the population.”
Click here for the website of The European
Centre for Law and Justice.
ROYAL COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGISTS ISSUES REPORT ON FETAL PAIN
In the United Kingdom, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG)
produced a report on fetal pain which maintains the unborn child can not
experience pain before the 24th week of development. Family Research Council, a
World Congress of Families Partner, calls the report flawed and possibly
politically motivated. (There is a growing movement to reform Britain’s abortion
law, which allows abortions up to the 24th week.) Jeanne Monahan of FRC’s Center
for Human Dignity observes: “A number of experts in the field of fetal
development, who were not consulted for this report, have refuted the idea that
the cortex needs to be fully developed for an unborn baby to feel pain. On the
contrary, it is possible that unborn babies between 20-30 weeks of development
can experience greater pain than a full-term newborn or older child. At 20-30
weeks, an unborn child possesses the highest number of pain receptors per square
inch he or she will ever possess, and the baby’s nerve fibers are located
closest to the surface of the skin.” Monahan added that the Royal College “is
trying – but failing – to dehumanize the baby to make abortion somehow appear
Click here to download the Family Research Council’s response to the RCOG
BRAZIL’S PRESIDENT WANTS TO OUTLAW SPANKING
In mid-July, Brazil’s President Luiz Lula da Silva said he’d seek to change
his country’s Children and Adolescent Statute to prohibit parents from spanking
their children. Parents found guilty of physical discipline could be ordered
into counseling. (In the past, Lula has described opposition to homosexuality as
“perhaps the most perverse disease impregnated in the human head,” which he also
wants to criminalize.) Antonio Carlos Gomes da Costa, one of the architects of
the Children and Adolescents Statute, disagrees with the proposal, observing: “I
would say that spanking, if it is applied with judgment and moderation, is not a
violation of human rights.” Gomes cited the example of a child who persists in
dangerous behavior which can be deterred in no other way. Focus on the Family
founder and child psychologist Dr. James Dobson recommends the spanking of
children of up to eight years old for serious misbehavior, but warns that:
"Corporal punishment should not be a frequent occurrence" and that "discipline
must not be harsh and destructive to the child's spirit …. It is not necessary
to beat the child into submission; a little bit of pain goes a long way for a
young child. However, the spanking should be of sufficient magnitude to cause
the child to cry genuinely." From his book, “Dare To Discipline.”
Click here to order. “Dare To Discipline.”
World Congress of Families:
Profiles in Leadership
This continues our regular feature celebrating the women and men
who have contributed to the growing success of the international pro-family
Mike McManus is President of Marriage Savers, a nonprofit
organization which has helped 10,000 clergy create Community Marriage Policies
in 229 cities in the United States over the last 25 years. These cities have
subsequently reduced their divorce rates by an average of 17.5% over seven
years, cut cohabitation rates by a third from 1990-2000, and raised their
marriage rates. For detail see
According to a study by the Institute for Research & Evaluation, divorce
rates dropped in the first 114 cities with a Community Marriage Policy saving
30,000 to 50,000 marriages by 2001. With eight more years and 100 more CMP
cities, perhaps 100,000 divorces have been averted.
Mike also co-authored with his wife, Harriet, the 2008 book, “Living
Together: Myths, Risks & Answers.” It suggests a strategy any church could use
to help its cohabiting couples. Also in 2008, Mike wrote and published “How to
Cut America’s Divorce Rate in Half: A Strategy Every State Should Adopt.” Since
4 of 5 divorces are opposed by one person, Mike suggests that couples with
children develop a Mutual Consent on any divorce, unless one proves the other
guilty of adultery, physical abuse, etc. Among his earlier books are “Marriage
Savers: How To Help Your Family and Friends Avoid Divorce” (1995).
A former TIME magazine correspondent, Mike has written Ethics & Religion, a
weekly newspaper column since 1981 (www.EthicsandReligion.com), completing more
than 1,500 weekly columns. In April his column won an Amy Writing Award, his 4th
such award. Stories about Marriage Savers appeared on The 700 Club in 2008 and
2010, on ABC World News in 2007, Oprah, O’Reilly, NBC Nightly News, CBS Early
Show and 48 Hours, and Focus on the Family. Articles quoting Mike and Marriage
Savers have been published in TIME, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The Wall
Street Journal, USA Today and hundreds of local papers.
Mike and his wife Harriet McManus have been married 44 years and have three
married sons and seven grandchildren.
Click here for Marriage Savers website
Click here to order “Living Together: Myths, Risks & Answers” and “How to Cut
America’s Divorce Rate In Half”
Paul Diamond Paul
Diamond is a barrister who practices religious liberty law. He is one of
Britain’s and Europe’s foremost attorneys in this field. He has been involved in
some of the most controversial cases; for example, the case of the British
Airways employee who was prevented from wearing a Cross (while other religious
groups were permitted to manifest their faith), the right to free religious
speech during a General Election by the Pro-Life Alliance, and in cases over the
repeated clash between the religious rights of individuals and the same-sex
agenda. In his recent major case, on the right of a Christian marriage counselor
to be exempted from the counseling of same-sex partners, he acted on behalf of
the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey. Paul’s counsel is sought by a
number of religious leaders and organizations.
The rapid growth of the militant secular agenda, which seek to remove
religious values from public life, has turned a rather specialized area of law
into the front lines in the battle to maintain Judeo-Christian values.
After studying Middle East Government, Paul studied law at Magdalene College,
Cambridge. From there, he won a scholarship to the Hague Academy of
International Law, The Netherlands. An early article by Paul attracted the
attention of Lord Denning (the most famous British Judge) who openly supported
Paul’s arguments. He commenced practice thereafter and has appeared before all
levels of court including the House of Lords.
Early in his career, he became the barrister to the Keep Sunday Special
Campaign (until the mid 1990s, Britain had a ban on Sunday trading and the
campaign sought to keep Sundays as a “day of rest”). As standing Counsel, Paul
handled many leading controversial cases and built a reputation for his future
work in religious liberties. The issue of Sunday working was one that directly
affected family life as the pressures on low-income families to work have become
relentless in recent years.
Paul also has represented the ProLife Alliance in their clash with the BBC
over censorship of anti-abortion views. In 1997, he gained the first injunction
under the Abortion Act 1967 to prevent an abortion.
Paul is actively involved with Christian Concern For Our Nation and the
Christian Legal Centre, where he is Standing Counsel. He spoke at The Family
Values Conference/World Congress of Families Regional Congress (June 2-3 in
London) on “The Law; Friend or Foe of The Family.” Paul lives in Cambridge
(U.K.) with his family.
Click here for the website of Paul Diamond
Click here for his remarks to the WCF London Regional Congress
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