This past week, I served as the closing keynote speaker at the World Congress for Families, held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from October 27-30. This conference brought together approximately 3,300 people of different faiths from around the world to support something very simple: the idea that it is a good thing for one man and one woman to be committed to one another in marriage as they raise their children. Put simply, the World Congress for Families believes in the family. It believes our sons and daughters do best when they have confidence that their mother and father are committed to each other and committed to them. It believes people are healthier, countries are freer, and children are happier when a dad and a mom raise their own kids.
And for this controversial idea, the World Congress for Families has been branded a hate group.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) leads the great thinkers of the Left who say they can’t tolerate any conservative’s intolerance, as they rush to excoriate the World Congress for its terrible views. Showing its penchant for self-refuting fallacies, the SPLC bemoans the World Congress for Families for its belief in—shocking as it sounds—the “natural family.” The SPLC seems to believe it actually makes sense to belittle organizations such as the National Organization for Marriage, the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, the Center for Family and Human Rights, and Americans United for Life, for promoting marriage, focusing on the family, centering on individual rights, and uniting in the defense of every human being’s right to life.
The progressive/liberal Human Rights Campaign (HRC) follows suit by condemning the World Congress for “exporting hate.” Demonstrating its propensity for stifling any robust intellectual exchange, the HRC engages in name-calling rather than making any attempt to challenge their opponent’s ideas. Apparently it is “loving” to label those with whom you disagree as “radical,” “virulent,” “extremist,” “deeply divisive,” “destructive,” and full of “animus.” And conversely, it is apparently “hateful” for the World Congress for Families to encourage mothers and fathers to teach their children to avoid name-calling and instead focus on personal responsibility and traditional morality.
The pro-LGBTQ periodical, The Advocate, chimes in by condemning the World Congress for Families for its pro-family agenda. It is completely unacceptable, according to The Advocate, to even suggest that it is best for children to have a married mom and dad raising them. This terrible idea of promoting the virtues of the nuclear family is deemed as “phobic,” “extreme,” and “draconian” and, therefore, anyone even attempting to propagate such thoughtlessness is guilty of spewing hate-filled “propaganda.”
Yes, I did speak to a hate group last week. In fact, I spoke to several, but the World Congress for Families was not among them.
The bold-faced duplicity of those condemning those who love the family is indeed hateful. Intolerance in the name of tolerance. Bullying while decrying bullying. Exclusion in the name of inclusion. Dumbing down the human being while arguing for human rights. Pretending to be pro-woman while using women as pawns and products. Hate under the banner of anti-hate… These ideas do not come from love, but rather from disdain: Disdain for children, disdain for family, and disdain for truth. Such ideas come from a hateful people who hate anyone who dares stand in their way of hating God.