Tuesday, 03 November 2015 02:43

Hanging with the Haters: Four Days at the World Congress of Families IX

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WCF9, world congress of families, pro-life, pro-family, familyHaters are gonna hate, and there I was, unbeknownst to me, smack dab in the middle of “them.”

When I took the single seat a few rows back from the rope and just to the right of the camera/sound booth, I had no idea who I was sitting with. The day's opening session was about to begin, the theme: “The Natural Family.” I was looking forward to hearing the latest legal issues, research, social science and commentary on an incredibly important topic.

In between announcements and presentations, I started visiting with the man sitting next to me. He was friendly, soft-spoken and kind. Throughout the session we shared thoughts about the presentations and talked about our lives. We exchanged business cards. At one point, he asked if I was part of “the group.” Not knowing what he meant, he told me the name of the group he was with, explained a little bit about them, and pointed out that pretty much everyone sitting around me were part of this little group. I still didn't think much of it. But when one speaker, the most bold I heard the entire conference, went on with his presentation about traditional marriage and why kids need a mom and a dad, those around me became increasingly agitated. They weren't clapping at all. Instead, they were furiously taking notes, texting, tweeting, blogging and chatting non-stop. It started to become very clear who “the group” was and they definitely seemed angry---really angry. I think it's fair to say they hated what they were hearing from that stage.

Later that night I read some of the articles and posts they had written about their day at the World Congress of Families; their time “deep in the belly ... of the anti-gay conference.” By those accounts, had I not sat there, right in the midst of them, I would not have believed we were at the same conference. Not from the speakers or in any hallway conversation did I even once hear an expression of hate for people of the LGBT community. But I kept reading about the haters. One angry, bitter, insulting, demeaning, slanted, sexist, bigoted article, post, and tweet, after another.

So I concede – the conference had plenty of haters.

And since I was there for all four days, not just the one day that was themed “The Natural Family” (like most from “the group” who had only bought a single day ticket, for that particular day – wow, what a coincidence), I can speak from a broader perspective and experience. Because I was there and heard for myself hours upon hours and days upon days of presentations, I can speak to their claims of “hate”. So yes, 3,000+ World Congress of Families pro-life, pro-family attendees hate that there are:

  • 58 million babies killed through abortion since 1973

  • 24 million children growing up without a father in the home (fathers in the home are one of the best deterrents to violent behavior)

  • 2 million children held in captivity, victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation fueled by the porn industry

  • 78 million Chinese men who will never be able to marry because of anti-growth “One Child Policy” (these men referred to as “Broken Branches”)

  • 47% of U.S. high school students report to have had sexual intercourse

  • An estimated 420 million porn web pages are online

  • American teens consume 7.5 hours/day of media

  • One in five teens do not graduate with their peers

  • 1.3 million homeless youth in the U.S.

  • 1.2 million “Street Children” in Brazil, most addicted to cocaine

  • 16 million children in the U.S. living in families below the poverty level, more than 56% of these children are being raised by single mothers.

  • Afternoon hours are the peak time for juvenile crime, with an increase of 48% over the last decade

  • Women are four times more likely to be victims of domestic violence in a lesbian household, (married women in traditional families experience the lowest rate of violence compared with women in other types of relationships)

  • Comprehensive sex ed curriculum being introduced that teaches that children are sexual from birth.

  • The average homosexual relationship lasts 18 months, by comparison more than 2/3 of heterosexual marriages in the US last longer than ten years.

  • 43% of male homosexuals have over 500 sexual partners, 28% have 1,000 or more

I don't see a lot there to fall in love with. Haters are gonna hate.

So I guess I'm going to hang with the hated. And I’m okay with it.

Last modified on Thursday, 28 January 2016 22:45
Carol Rice

I grew up in a home rich with family heritage. My mom loved genealogy and knew how to breathe life into dusty documents and color to faded black and white photos - my mom told me stories.

As a grown woman with five children of my own, I've tried to do the same. For years I did it through scrapbooking. But it didn't take long to realize that it wasn't my artistic skills my children really cared about. They never stopped on a page and said, "Mom, you matched that paper to my shirt - perfectly!" Nope. What they did say as they leaned across my lap, pointing at photos is, "Tell me the story!" "Tell me mom about the day I was born... Tell me mom about the day I cried when everyone sang me happy birthday... Tell me mom about my grandma and her garden..."

Don't worry if you haven't done it forever, just start today. The consistency and cumulative effect of one good question - just sharing one story a day, adds up.

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