World Congress of Families Appalled By Cancellation of Event At Dirksen Senate Office Building, Due To Pressure From Sexual Radicals
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2013 /Christian Newswire
/ -- World Congress of Families
Managing Director Larry Jacobs said he was appalled that U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R, Il.) bowed to the demands of radical sexual extremists and cancelled the use of the Dirksen Senate Office Building for a pro-family symposium.
Kirk's office had reserved a room at Dirksen for a Family in America
symposium titled "Family Policy Lessons From Other Lands: What Should America Learn?" The Senator caved in to pressure from the Human Rights Campaign – which promotes the redefinition of marriage for same-sex couples and special rights for so-called "LGBTQI" individuals including transgenders – and withdrew his sponsorship of the room at Dirksen.
Thanks to the timely intervention of House Speaker John Boehner, a room was secured in the Longworth House Office Building and the symposium went ahead as planned on November 15th.
Speakers included Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, and Austin Ruse, President of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. The moderator was Dr. Allan C. Carlson, Ph.D., President of The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society
(which publishes The Family in America
quarterly) and International Secretary of the World Congress of Families.
Jacobs commented: "HRC acted as if the forum was intended solely to support Russia's widely misunderstood 2010 child protection law which bans heterosexual indecency and pornography and whose amendments to add non-traditional sexual relations were enacted overwhelmingly by the Duma in June.” Actually, the presentations and the journal discussed, covered a broad range of family policy initiatives from all over the world to help the natural family, including the promotion of marriage and large families, parent's rights, the promotion of home-schooling, the encouragement of family-owned businesses, the benefits of religious faith, the protection of women and children from human trafficking, and the legal protection of life from conception to natural death – such as the Russian anti-abortion law passed in 2011 that bans abortion for babies older than 12 weeks and requires that 10% of advertising be used to warn women of the health risks of abortion, including infertility, cancer, and death."
For detailed analysis and research of many family policy issues in America and around the world, read the summer issue of The Family In America: A Journal of Public Policy,
online at www.familyinamerica.org.
Jacobs continued: "It is shocking that a United States Senator would bow to pressure from these militants and refuse to facilitate the discussion of vital issues affecting children, family, life, and the economy. Groups like HRC have set themselves up as arbiters of what may or may not be discussed at public forums. Instead of meeting us in the marketplace of ideas, they take the low road of smears and intimidation, seeking to foreclose the healthy debate that’s vital to a democracy."
"The Congress is part of the United States government, and – as such – should be open to all points of view. What other groups would HRC like to keep from exercising their First Amendment rights in this regard – the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention, most African-American churches, all of which disagree with the sexual radicals on one or more family issues?"
World Congress of Families urges its constituents and other concerned Americans to contact Senator Mark Kirk’s office – 524 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-2854 Fax: 202-228-4611– to protest his actions.
World Congress of Families VIII
with the theme "Every Child A Gift: Large Families, the Future of Humanity" will be held in Moscow, September 10-12, 2014. The opening session of WCF VIII will be in the Congress Hall of the Kremlin Palace. A special WCF parliamentary session will also be held in the Russian Duma and special scientific forum at Lomonosov Moscow State University. The closing ceremony will be held at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral – the tallest Orthodox Cathedral in the world . For more information visit the Russian websites at www.worldcongress.ru
What is the Howard Center? The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society (www.profam.org) is located in Rockford, Illinois and is an independent, non-profit research and education center that provides sound scholarship and effective strategies to affirm and defend the natural family, thus renewing a stable and free society. The Howard Center is the publisher of the journal, "The Family In America" and is also the organizer of the World Congress of Families (WCF) project which is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and inter-faith people of goodwill from more than 80 countries that seek to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the ‘seedbed’ of civil society (as found in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948). The WCF was founded in 1997 by Dr. Allan Carlson, President of The Howard Center. To date, there have been five World Congresses of Families – Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004), Warsaw, Poland (2007) and Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2009). World Congress of Families VI was held in Madrid, Spain in May 25-27, 2012. World Congress of Families VII was held in Sydney, Australia, May 15-18, 2013, www.wcfsydney2013.org.au. WCF VIII Moscow 2014 will be held September 10-12 in the Kremlin. www.worldcongress.ru