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World Congress of Families Announces Postponement of Regional Event in Melbourne Amid Threats of Violence and Vandalism

Pro-Family Group, a Recipient of International Peace Award, Targeted by Sexual Extremists

Contact: World Congress of Families, 815-222-2490, media@worldcongress.org; Communications Director, 508-405-1337, dfeder@worldcongress.org

ROCKFORD, Ill., Aug. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- World Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs announced the postponement of the WCF regional event in Melbourne.  Endeavour Forum will be the convener of the "Life, Family, and Freedom Conference" on Saturday, August 30 at the CTFM Auditorium.

"Radical threats of violence to speakers, participants, and organizers at three prior locations have now created a security risk for high-profile speakers such as Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke where it would be inappropriate to continue to the World Congress of Families event at a fourth venue," said Larry Jacobs.

Jacobs added: "Attacks on proponents of the natural family and marriage are part of a cynical campaign by sexual extremists to avoid an honest discussion by labelling those who disagree with them as 'hateful.'"

Unlike the protest groups targeting the World Congress of Families with threats and violence, the World Congress of Families is a recipient of an international peace award, "The Pax Urbis Award" given to institutions and cities in their work in promoting peace.  100 Cities for Peace presented this Peace Award to World Congress of Families in Madrid (2012).  100 Cities for Peace is an international movement that identifies and disseminates the practices of cities and social institutions around the world that are committed to promoting a culture of peace. The movement supports the values behind the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.  

Jacobs continued, "Much of the commentary about the Melbourne WCF Conference has been grossly misleading as sexual extremists have launched a smear campaign alleging that the WCF's goals to affirm the dignity of human life, the sanctity of human life and the importance of the natural family as the fundamental unit of society (from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN in 1948) is hateful and bigoted towards LGBTIQ individuals and mothers."

WCF is a positive group and always welcomes a civilized public debate and discussion on key life and family issues that help increase the health and welfare of women and children, such as:

Jacobs concluded, "The World Congress of Families looks forward to being part of a future event in Australia.  Australia has always been known as the land of the fair go. The lack of tolerance towards views that are not in line with elite opinion is deeply concerning."

For more information of the accusations of hate against WCF click here: worldcongress.org/files/5414/0659/3671/Is_WCF_Hateful__-_Questions_and_Answers_on_World_Congress_of_Families.pdf

Click here:  (worldcongress.org/files/9914/0873/5451/Melbourne_Pro-Family_Conference_Leadership_Petition_2014.pdf) for the International Pro-Family Leadership Open Letter to the People of Australia, including a list of signers and their affiliations.

To schedule an interview with Larry Jacobs, contact World Congress of Families at +1-815-222-2490 or media@worldcongress.org.