World Congress of Families Leadership Memo: April 14, 2018
- WCF Sends Letter to Congratulate Orbán on Election Win in Hungary
- Global Home Education Conference (Moscow & St. Petersburg) – May 15-19
- WCF Launches Petition to Barbados Government: Stand Up Against “Same-Sex Marriage” and Public School Indoctrination
- KCPF WCF International Day of the Family Events (Nairobi, Kenya) – Women’s Dinner (May 11), Conference (May 15-16) and Church Symposium (May 17)
- Uganda Christian University Conference on the Family – May 21-22
- Petition for Choose Life Postage Stamp Gathers Over 13,000 signatures
- Abortion Industry Targets Africa: New IPPF President Visits Uganda & Kenya
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WCF Letter to Viktor Orbán Congratulates Prime Minister on Historic Election Victory in Hungary
“Your victory is not only a victory for democracy and true liberty…not only a victory for friends of the Natural Family around the world…but also a beam of hope for Western Christian Civilization.”
International Organization for the Family (IOF) President Brian Brown and World Congress of Families Founder Dr. Allan Carlson issued a joint letter congratulating Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on his party’s stunning victory in Sunday’s elections, giving it a super-majority in parliament.
Viktor Orban with his wife and children
The Hungarian Government partnered with WCF in organizing World Congress of Families XI The Budapest Family Summit last May. Orbán gave the opening address.
The letter called the election “a victory for friends of the Natural Family around the world.” It noted the Prime Minister’s “commitment to demographic renewal, the promotion of natural marriage, and the protection of children from sexual predators.”
In his opening remarks at WCF XI, Prime Minister Orbán said his government’s goal “is to have as many children in Hungary as possible; because if there are children, there is a future.”
Global Home Education Conference 2018 to be held in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, May 15-19
The Third Global Home Education Conference (GHEC 2018) will take place May 15-19 at the Peterhof Hotel in St. Petersburg and the Holiday Inn Sokolonik in Moscow, Russia. The theme is “You CAN homeschool!”
The theme is “You CAN homeschool!” Previous conferences featured discussions of home education as a human right. In Russia, home education is legal and supported by a growing movement. Topics will include homeschooling in conflict –- how courts and legislatures are addressing the right of parents to homeschool –- a look at home education around the world –- issues for organization leaders –- a robust research track looking at how home education is working in a number of countries –- how to homeschool –- and information for policy makers. There will also be opportunities for home-educating leaders from all over the world to network, share experiences and encourage each other.
There are more than 75 invited speakers who are experts in the area of home education, policy makers, organization leaders, advocates, researchers, and others.
Confirmed speakers include: Home School Legal Defense Association Senior Counsel and Director of Global Outreach Michael Donnelly –- International Organization for the Family (IOF) President Brian Brown –- IOF Senior Fellow and World Congress of Families Founder Dr. Allan Carlson –- Russian Homeschooling pioneers Irina Shamolina and Alexey Komov (World Congress of Families Coordinator in Russia and the CIS) Founder of HomeschoolSupport.RU Guzel Gudrus –- UK education leader Tim Vince –- Senior Leader on the Family of the Russian Orthodox Church, Father Dmitri Smirnov –- Dr. Paula Rothermel (Author, Speaker and Researcher on Home Education) –- Author Andre Stern — Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO –- Director of Judicial Affairs for National Brazilian Home Education Association Alexandre Moreira –- Dr. Debra Bell, Author, Researcher and Founders of online school –- Classical Conversations CEO Robert Bortins & many more. HSLDA and Classical Conversations are both WCF Partners.
For more information on GHEC 2018 speakers http://www.cvent.com/events/global-home-education-conference-2018/speakers-ba9619d2acb14e89bc45845c939bc0ff.aspx
Among the sponsors of GHEC 2018 are the International Organization for the Family (WCF parent organization), Classical Conversations, Institute for Excellence in Writing, Home School Legal Defense Association US, HSLDA Canada, Canadian Center for Home Education, Homeschool Foundation, Russian Homeschool Support Center, Alliance Defending Freedom and Apologia. This is the third GHEC. The others were in Berlin (2012) and Rio (2016).
For more information and registration: http://www.cvent.com/events/global-home-education-conference-2018/event-summary-ba9619d2acb14e89bc45845c939bc0ff.aspx
World Congress of Families Launches CitizenGo Petition to the Barbados Government to Stand Up Against “Same-Sex Marriage” and Public School Indoctrination
World Congress of Families, International Organization for the Family, and WCF Caribbean Partner organizations have launched a CitizenGo Petition to the Government of Barbados and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. The petition urges the Barbados Government to stand up against elites and sexual radicals that are trying to force “same-sex” marriage laws and public school indoctrination on Barbados. The petition has already gathered over 4,500 signatures.
Human Rights Watch, a powerful and well-funded eltitist New York-based group with a radical agenda, is urging Barbados and other Eastern Caribbean nations to abandon their traditional cultures and Biblical morality, ostensibly to fight discrimination and improve health. Despite its name, Human Rights Watch refuses to endorse and support the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) signed by all member nations of the UN which declares the dignity and sanctity of all human beings from conception to naturlal death and states that the family is the fundamental and only sustatinable unit of society, and is entitled to protection by society and the state.
Human Rights Watch, besides decriminalizing sodomy, urges Barbados to promote what’s called same-sex marriage. Marriage between a man and a man (or a woman and a woman), is both biologically and morally impossible.
Also, in the name of promoting tolerance, it wants Barbados to introduce what it claims to be a “sexual education curricula” that is “scientific and evidence-based.” Evidently such comprehensive sexual education programs don’t work so well in Human Rights Watch home state of New York, where sexually transmitted diseases are at a 30-year high and where HIV is contracted at the 4th highest rate in the nation.
Besides increasing health risks, wherever and whenever such sexual education curricula has infiltrated the schools, it’s used to indoctrinate children in the dogma of the sexual revolution – e.g. that someone can change their gender, that all sex acts are valid, and that those who reject homosexual “marriage” are bigots who promote violence.
This is a particularly insidious way to brainwash the vulnerable and turn children against their parents. All human beings have the same rights, including freedom of speech and religion. “Gay rights” are used to attack both.
In the United States, they’ve been used to levy ruinous fines against individuals and businesses that refuse to participate in these ceremonies, based on religious principles.
Individuals should not be forced to choose between sincerely-held religious convictions and the law.
World Congress of Families urges the governments of Barbados and other Caribbean nations to stand with families, parental rights, and religious freedom by rejecting special rights for elites and homosexuals, legalizing same-sex “marriage” and forcing sexual indoctrination on school children.
The International Day of the Family Celebrations in Nairobi, Kenya (May 11 Women’s Dinner, May 15-16 Conference, May 17 Church Leaders Symposium)
The Kenya Christian Professionals Forum (a WCF Partner) is organizing a series of events in Nairobi to coincide with the International Day of the Family.
The Kenya Government and KCPF are hosting a dinner for 300 Women Influencers on May 11 at the Intercontinental Hotel. It is by invitation only and the Invitees include female governors, female members of parliament, and wives of governors and MPs. The guest speaker is Rev. Doctor Judy Mbugua.
On May 15-16, the main conference will take place at the Kenyatta International Conference Center. Kenya’s First Lady is confirmed as the guest of honor. There will be no registration fee.
KCPF hopes to launch its National Family Policy during the conference. World Congress of Families is a sponsor and will provide two international speakers – WCF African Coordinator Theresa Okafor and Coalitions Director/Regional Conference Coordinator Don Feder. All issues affecting the family will be discussed with no greater emphasis on any given topic. All of Kenya’s religions will be represented among the delegates, who will be drawn from government, religious organizations and professional bodies.
This will be the fourth conference KCPF is co-hosting with the Government. The first, held in May 2015, in conjunction with the Kenyan Ministry of East African Community, Labor and Social Protection, and was opened by then-First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. The theme of the 2016 conference was “Nurturing and Strengthening Youth as Crucial Members of the Family.” The theme of the 2017 International Family Conference was “One Family, One Nation.”
CHURCH LEADERS SYMPOSIUM
On May 17 – This will be the last event , hosted by KCPF, CITAM, Kenya Christian Lawyers Association, HESABIKA, Pan African Christian University in partnership with Kenya churches. It will take place at CITAM Valley Road, with an expected attendance of about 500. There will be modest registration fee. The symposium will emphasize advocacy on the issues relating to the right to life and the natural family. The goal is to share information, network and strategize. This event is designated as a WCF regional conference.
A majority of Kenyans are pro-life and pro-family. The last survey by IPSOS Synovate confirmed that more that 80% of the people of Kenya are against abortion and LGBTQ agenda.
The conference comes against the backdrop of a court case challenging the nation’s anti-sodomy law. The public needs to understand that this is only stage one for sexual radicals. If they achieve this goal, they’ll secure a beachhead. This will be followed by “gay rights” laws, the institution of same-sex marriage and, ultimately, the persecution of Christians.
2018 Uganda Conference on the Family at the Uganda Christian University, May 21 -22
Uganda Christian University is organizing a Conference on the Family scheduled for May 21-22, 2018 at its campus in Mukono, Kampala.
The theme is “THE FAMILY IN THE 21ST CENTURY: STRONG? IN CRISIS? CHANGING? What is the future of this foundational unit of life in community and nation?”
From the announcement of the organizing committee: “This conference will celebrate and affirm the declaration of 2017 & 2018 as the Year of the Family in Uganda (so designated by both the government and Anglican Church of Uganda). It is also strategically well-timed to continue and strengthen the spirit of the International Day of Families. It comes closely (just 6 days!) on the heels of the International Day of Families on May 15.”
Dr. John Senyoni, Vice Chancellor (President) Uganda Christian University
“The Conference is designed to provide an ideal opportunity for a good mix of key societal delegates – religious, political and governmental, non-governmental, and cultural leaders, researchers/educators, etc. – to come and reason together about the situation of the family (past, present & future) with focus on the African family, while drawing lessons from other cultures and histories. It will be an exciting and yet humbling time, an ideal opportunity, to listen, share, discuss and learn. More than 300 delegates are expected to attend. “
For more information: contact Mr. Hamilton B. Mbokureeba Conference Secretariat — firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition for a Choose Life Commemorative Postage Stamp Picks Up Support
Thus far, over 13,000 signatures have been collected on a petition to U.S. Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan for a “Choose Life” commemorative stamp to to honor the dignity of every human life and to counter the pro-abortion message in the USPS “Family Planning” Commemorative Postage Stamp.
The International Organization for the Family (parent organization of the World Congress of Families) working with WCF partners Heartbeat International, Human Life International, Population Research Institute, and CitizenGo launched the petition in February.
The “Choose Life Stamp” petition reads:
All over the world, fertility rates are plummeting. Worldwide, 56 million abortions are performed each year (900,000 to 1 million in the U.S. alone). The Declaration of Independence acknowledges the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Without the right to life, no other rights are possible.
Our society goes to extraordinary lengths to preserve life, in times of natural disaster and through the efforts of first responders every day.
As President Donald Trump said at the 2018 March for Life, the movement to protect life “is a movement born out of love: you love your families; you love your neighbors; you love our nation; and you love every child born and unborn, because you believe every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God.”
Background: The United States is one of only seven countries to allow late-term abortions. A fetal pain act was recently defeated in Congress.
Symbolism is important. In 1972, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp promoting “family planning” – the precursor to legalized abortion. It’s time to put America on record stating that we should choose and celebrate life.
The petition is sponsored by the International Organization for the Family (IOF), Heartbeat International, Human Life International and the Population Research Institute, and CitizenGo and posted on the CitizenGo site.
To sign the petition visit: http://www.citizengo.org/en/signit/155218/view
Please help us to circulate the petition to your friends and supporters. For more information, contact Larry Jacobs at email@example.com
Head of IPPF Abortion Industry Visits Africa – New Director of International Planned Parenthood Federation Targets Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria
As his first foreign trip as the new Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Dr. Alvaro Bermejo visited Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria (March 18-20).
IPPF founded by Margaret Sanger, is the world’s leading promoter of abortion, the sexual revolution, and small families under the guise of promoting sexual and reproductive health. The IPPF is financially supported by many governments including the European Commission and the United Nations Population Fund for special projects. Half of the balance of their funding comes from government development assistance programs purportedly to improve the health of women and children while actively focused on promoting abortion and non-normative sexual behavior through comprehensive sexuality education (CSE).
Watch the CSE documentary video from IOF/WCF partner Family Watch International, “The War on Children: The Comprehensive Sexuality Education Agenda” directed by Sharon Slater.
To achieve the goals of the abortion industry, the IPPF often collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The IPPF is a prominent lobbyist in the European Union: specifically, for the European Council and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is the only NGO to have Consultative Status with the Council of Europe which allows the IPPF to sit in on the Council’s Parliamentary Assembly.
Abortion providers, through IPPF, have long targeted Africa, since abortion is illegal on most of the continent. In the United States, the Planned Parenthood Federation, an IPPF affiliate, performs more than 320,000 abortions a year (34% of all of those performed nationwide).
In Africa, IPPF sells abortion as a way to improve women’s health and as a key to development through programs under the banner of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE). In truth, the way to improving women’s health in developing countries is better maternal care, not killing unborn children.
Many medical experts also disagree with IPPF’s spurious claims – “The real issue regarding maternal mortality in Africa and other developing countries in maternity care rests in the lack of trained and skilled birth attendants with access to emergency or higher levels of care. Reproductive rights (translated abortions) is NOT safe, actually has HIGHER rates of maternal mortality when compared by appropriate gestational age controls, is associated with INCREASED risk for breast cancer (in first pregnancies ending in elective abortion), is associated with INCREASED risk for preterm birth by 30-60%, is associated to INCREASED risk for death by all causes, and is associated with significantly INCREASED risk for psychological damage (including suicide and major depression).” Byron C. Calhoun, MD, FACOG, FACS, MBA, Professor and Vice-Chair Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, West Virginia University, USA.
The key to economic growth and development is a rising population, to grow the food and provide the goods and services for internal markets and export. Some of fastest growing and most economically prosperous places on earth have the highest population density, including Singapore, South Korea, India, Israel and Belgium.
A nation’s wealth starts with its people, especially the children. As Pope John Paul II said, “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”
Please sign the CitizenGo petition to remove abortion and comprehensive sexuality education curriculum from the United Nations’ Agenda. Stop the United Nations from using taxpayer dollars towards the killing of unborn babies and a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum designed to teach 3-year-old girls how to masturbate and to explore their sexuality.
World Congress of Families has held African regional conferences in Abuja, Lagos, Nairobi and Malawi. The next will be in Nairobi, Kenya, May 15-16, organized by the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum. Read more about WCF conferences and activities.
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