Sign this petition to help roll-back the assault on the "natural-family," This petition to the President of the United States and the Congress is to force the American political class to adopt a vision and public policies that focus on the breakdown of the "natural family" - the root of everthing that troubles the United States in modern times (poverty, unemployment, deficits, health care, and crime.) (www.profam.org)
Whereas “the 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, 1948]; and
Whereas “it is the life of the family, upon which in the last analysis the whole welfare of the nation rests” [President Theodore Roosevelt, 1903]; and
Whereas strong families result in healthier, happier, more productive, and more publicly engaged adults as well as produce happier, healthier, safer, and brighter children; and
Whereas most serious public pathologies—including crime, delinquency, illegal drug use, domestic abuse, long term poverty, and truancy – are closely associated with family breakdown and disorder…
Be it resolved that the citizens of the United States of America adopt the following vision as a guide to policy formation and public action:
We see a world restored in line with the intent of its Creator. We envision a culture – found both locally and universally – that upholds the marriage of a woman to a man, and a man to a woman, as the central aspiration for the young. This culture affirms marriage as the best path to health, security, fulfillment, and joy. It casts the home built on marriage as the source of true political sovereignty and liberty, the fountain of democracy. It also holds the household framed by marriage to be the primal economic unit, a place marked by rich activity, material abundance, and broad self-reliance. This culture treasures private property in family hands as the rampart of independence and liberty. It celebrates the marital sexual union as the unique source of new human life. We see these homes as open to a full quiver of children, the source of family continuity and social growth. We envision young women growing into wives, homemakers, and mothers; and we see young men growing into husbands, homebuilders, and fathers.
We see true happiness as the product of persons enmeshed in vital bonds with spouses, children, parents, and kin. We look to a landscape of family homes, lawns, and gardens busy with useful tasks and ringing with the laughter of many children. We envision parents as the first educators of their children. We see homes that also embrace extended family members who need special care due to age or infirmity. We view neighborhoods, villages, and townships as the second locus of political sovereignty. We envision a freedom of commerce that respects and serves family integrity. And we look to governments that hold the protection of the natural family to be their first responsibility.*
SIGNED: ______________________________________________________________________________ NAME (first, last) CITY STATE EMAIL ADDRESS
*Adapted From: Allan C. Carlson and Paul T. Mero, The Natural Family: A Manifesto, published in The Family in America—Special Edition, Volume 19, Number 3, March 2005, pp. 13-14.
The definition of natural family comes from a working group of the World Congress of Families representing the major civilizations, cultures, and religions of the world, crafted in May, 1998, in a Second Century B.C. room in the ancient city of Rome. It is informed both by the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and by the findings of social science. This definition reads:
“The natural family is the fundamental social unit, inscribed in human nature, and centered around the voluntary union of a man and a woman in a lifelong covenant of marriage for the purposes of: satisfying the longings of the human heart to give and receive love; welcoming and ensuring the full physical and emotional development of children; sharing a home that serves as the center for social, educational, economic, and spiritual life; building strong bonds among the generations to pass on a way of life that has transcendent meaning; and extending a hand of compassion to individuals and households whose circumstances fall short of these ideals.”