Family First has released its ‘Principles of Family’ – 11 principles highlighting the meaning and significance of the term ‘family’.
It has been adapted from “The Natural Family: A Manifesto” developed by the World Congress of Families. The World Congress of Families has been held since 1997 in Prague, Geneva and Mexico City, and will be held in Poland next year.
Each of these international Congresses produced Declarations for the protection, welfare and support of the Family, including a forceful reiteration of the leading international text on this subject, namely Article 16 (3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which had proclaimed as far back as 1948 that: “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by the society and the State.”
These Principles, slightly modified and simplified, and adopted by Family First Lobby, are:
We affirm that the natural family, not the individual, is the fundamental social unit.
We affirm the natural family to be the union of a man and a woman through marriage for the purposes of sharing love and joy, raising children, providing their moral education, building a vital home economy, offering security in times of trouble, and binding the generations.
We affirm that the natural family is a fixed aspect of the created order, one implanted in human nature. Through time it may grow weaker or stronger. However, the natural family cannot change into some new shape; nor can it be re-defined by eager social engineers.
We affirm that the natural family is the foundational family system. While we acknowledge varied living situations caused by circumstance or dysfunction, all other “family forms” are incomplete or fabrications of the state.
We acknowledge the tremendous contribution made by single parents and step-parents in society. We wish to ensure they receive appropriate levels of assistance, without denying the clear empirical evidence that the best environment in which to raise children is the natural two-parent, husband-wife family.
We affirm the marital union to be the authentic sexual bond, the only one open to the natural and responsible creation of new life.
We affirm the sanctity of human life from conception to death; each newly conceived person holds rights to live, to grow, to be born, and to share a home with his or her natural parents bound by marriage.
We affirm that the natural family is prior to the state and that the task of government is to shelter and encourage the natural family.
We affirm that the world is abundant in resources. The breakdown of the natural family and the consequential moral and political failure, not human “overpopulation,” account for poverty, starvation, and environmental decay.
10. We affirm that the complementarity of the sexes is a source of strength. Men and women exhibit profound
biological and psychological differences. When united in marriage, the whole becomes greater than the
sum of the parts.
11. We affirm that lasting solutions to human problems rise out of families and small communities. They
cannot be imposed by bureaucratic and judicial fiat. Nor can they be coerced by outside force.
“These principles will be the yardstick of our advocacy,” says Bob McCoskrie. “We can no longer allow government policy, liberal mindset, or lobby groups redefine family for their own purposes or to satisfy their ideology.”
“For the sake of our children and families, it is essential that we uphold the traditional meaning of family which has been shared by religions, societies and cultures throughout the world and throughout time.”
These principles will help end the confusion, and will bring us back to the core values of family.