PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release: 15 March 2005, Rockford, Illinois

CONTACT: Larry Jacobs, Vice President, 1-800-461-3113 or (815) 964-5819,




A Plan of Action To Help Children, Women and Families,
Tuesday March 15th – 1:30pm National Press Club, 13th Floor, Frank Holeman Lounge, Washington, D.C.

PLEASE CLICK HERE: today at 1:30 pm EST for live press conference broadcast via the internet radio station, Crusade Radio.

Allan C. Carlson (President of The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society and International Secretary of The World Congress of Families) and Paul T. Mero (President of the Sutherland Institute) will release a declaration for the Community of Family and Faith – The Natural Family: A Manifesto – on March 15, 2005, 1:30 pm at the National Press Club. The Manifesto has already gathered favorable reactions from people of diverse political and religious views.

Some of the Participants Include:

Dr. Allan Carlson (President, Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society; Distinguished Fellow, Family Research Council)

Paul Mero (President, Sutherland Institute)

George Marlin (Chairman, The Philadelphia Trust Company; Author, The American Catholic Voter: 200 Years of Political Impact)

Dr. Janice Crouse (Janice Shaw Crouse, Senior Fellow, Concerned Women for America)

Patrick Fagan (William H. G. FitzGerald Research Fellow in Family and Cultural Issues, The Heritage Foundation)

Dr. Paul Schenck (Pastoral Associate with Priests for Life and Director of Gospel of Life Ministries)

Cristina Vollmer de Burelli (Executive Director of the Alliance for the Family)

Statements will be also shared at the press conference from Gary Bauer (American Values), Phyllis Schlafly (Eagle Forum), Rabbi Daniel Lapin (Toward Tradition), Phillip Longman (Author, The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity), Father Frank Pavone (Priests for Life), Dr. Jerry Falwell (Liberty University) and Pastor Rick Warren (Author, The Purpose Driven Life).

Yesterday’s news further highlights the need for a Family Manifesto and family-friendly culture. Yesterday, a California Court struck down a proposition defining marriage as between and man and a woman (see the news story at This was done despite the approval in 2000 by 61% of California voters. Concern about preservation of the traditional -- or natural -- family has never been higher. Threats to family stability from divorce, promiscuity and the redefinition of marriage have never been more daunting.

In contrast, the power of family and faith was never more apparent in action than in yesterday’s news story of Ashley Smith, a widowed mother in Georgia. Ashley, who was held captive for 7 1/2 hours Saturday by the man accused of killing an Atlanta judge and three others, told interviewers Monday that she shared her faith, bible verses and read a chapter from the Christian book, The Purpose Driven Life. This seemed to persuade her captor to set her free. She then alerted police leading to the capture of Brian Gene Nichols without further violence ( see the story in the LA Times -

The Family Manifesto recognizes the power of family and faith and offers a concise (36-page), coherent, compelling case for the family -- a pro-family worldview -- and action program. It tells the story of the family -- how society advanced in tandem with the natural family -- places our current family crises in an historical context and, finally, offers a vision – a set of principles for developing the pro-family political/cultural agenda of tomorrow .

Copies of The Natural Family: A Manifesto – as well as additional background material – will be available at the press conference. After the press conference, the Manifesto will be available for download at, or


About The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society

The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society is an independent, non-profit research and education center that strives to be the leading source of fresh ideas and new strategies for affirmation and defense of the natural family, both nationally and globally.  The Howard Center is also the founder and organizer of the World Congress of Families project which unites people of goodwill who recognize that the family is the fundamental unit of society and coordinates the efforts of pro-family groups from more the 60 countries worldwide.

In terms of function, The Howard Center:

  • Shapes new ideas about the nature and status of the family and faith

  • Makes fresh scientific research on the family accessible and useful to family scholars

  • Creates effective national and international networks of family advocates

  • Magnifies ideas and influence through all forms of media

  • Provides expert opinions to public policy makers

Specific programs include:

  • Publishing three monthly periodicals (Family in America, New Research, and The Religion and Society Report)

  • Publishing weekly The Family Update, Online! a free email newsletter

  • Serving as administrator and co-convener of the World Congress of Families (WCF# 1 in Prague, 1997, WCF# 2 in Geneva, 1999, WCF# 3, March 29-31, 2004 in Mexico City, and WCF# 4 scheduled for 11-13 May 2007 in Warsaw, Poland)

  • Building the Swan Library of Family and Culture

  • Maintaining three active websites The Howard Center (, The World Congress of Families (, and The Family Manifesto (

  • Convening periodic lectures and special conferences

  • Sponsoring “The Kohler Fellows Program”, in support of young scholars

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