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Anti-Family advocate Allan Carlson does Amsterdam

This past week a new name popped up on my radar: Dr. Allan C. Carlson of The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society based in Rockford, IL.  I had never heard of the guy before, but apparently he’s been staging something called the World Congress of Families every two to five years, starting in 1997. This year it was held in Amsterdam.

The Howard Center’s manifesto can be found here.  It boils down to this:  There is something called “natural family”, which is one man and one woman married for life, having many babies that are forbidden sex ed or access to birth control and abortion so that they too will have many babies.  Homos are sick fucks and need not apply; Carlson links to numerous Paul Cameron works of anti-gay defamation on his website.  And he spake these words of Christian charity a few years ago

Governments don’t create families. They can recognize and nurture them, or destabilize and delegitimize them. Homosexual marriage is the most potent weapon yet devised for the latter.

He doesn’t much like feminists either.  Yes, I’m shocked too.Not surprisingly, World Congress of Families is co-sponsored by the usual suspects, including: Alliance Defense Fund, American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, Watchmen on The Walls and several Roman Catholic organizations.  LDS reps were also featured on the speakers list.

In 2004, Ms. Magazine summed up the mission of these conferences

The WCF is more than just a meeting place for likeminded conservatives to share their fears about gay marriage and abortion; its objective is to reverse progressive social initiatives on reproductive rights, gay rights and population issues, particularly those negotiated at the United Nations.

Ms. went on to describe how the Bush administration crawled into the womb of the 2004 conference.

At this year’s World Congress of Families, for the first time, the U.S. government gave its explicit endorsement of the so-called pro-family agenda, with [Ellen] Sauerbrey [then-U.S. representative to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women] speaking forcefully about Bush administration efforts to counter “attacks” on the “natural” family, including the nascent movement in favor of gay marriage.

Sauerbrey also announced that the U.S. is working within the U.N. to prevent documents that support the “family in its various forms” from being codified. Sauerbrey’s reference to “family in its various forms” was one of the conference’s more oblique allusions to the issue of homosexuality and gay marriage, topics that dominated many talks.

In stark contrast, Dr. Carlson doubtless was taken aback by the reception he got from members of the Dutch government representing Christian parties that he invited to speak at the 2009 conference in Amsterdam.  After reading a local newspaper report, one wonders if the conference organizers knew anything at all about their host country. [Note that this is my translation.  See link for original Dutch text.]

The CDA [Christian Democrat Party] in contrast defended before the controversial congress the liberal Dutch way of dealing with abortion, euthanasia and homosexuality and received an icy reception.  A painful silence fell in the RAI [conference center] when CDA parliamentarian Mirjam Sterk said that abortion must really remain available in some circumstances.

“Also if men and women of the same sex want to raise children together in loving, safe surroundings, we call that a family,” she said further in her brave speech.  Really she said exactly what D66 parliamentarian Boris van der Ham had wanted to hear Monday from minister [of Youth & Family] André Rouvoet in his opening remarks.  “It is a caricature that the elderly here live uncertain lives,” she said for example about euthanasia.  

Christian Union [a very conservative party] parliamentarian Joël Voordewind…remarked that the congress also needed to address the problems of single-parent families.  “Also single-parent families deserve our support.”

In all honesty, I was taken aback too.  Can any American imagine that members of a center-right Christian party would have platform positions that support marriage equality and access to abortion?  And now imagine them standing their ground and defending federal equality laws before a world talibangical conference.  Swoon!

By the way, Allan Carlson pays himself and his VP a VERY nice salary.  Gary Randall will drool over the numbers.  Here is the annual compensation for the President and VP of The Howard Center (EIN 54-1788267) for the past 5 years.  Compensation figures include salary, benefits and expense allowances.  Between 2004 and 2008, compensation for Carlson and his VP represented 29% of the annual total expenses (TE) for the organization, on average.  Yikes!  No wonder they can’t afford to throw their world party more often.

Year President Carlson’s Compensation ($) VP Lawrence Jacob’s Compensation ($) TE ($) Officers’ comp as percent of TE (%)
2004 155,582 85,467 837,724 29
2005 158,254 94,521 686,124 37
2006 136,936 87,298 816,206 27
2007 134,369 87,489 1,354,424 16
2008 133,214 98,486 619,533 37

By the way, the Netherlands does have at least one theocratic party, called the Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij.  The SGP currently holds two seats in the lower chamber of parliament.  When I tried to access their website this past Sunday, this is what I found:

Beste bezoeker,

Fijn dat u belangstelling hebt voor de SGP en de standpunten van onze partij.

Eén van die standpunten betreft de zondag. Dat is de eerste dag van de week, de dag van de opstanding van Christus, die we in het bijzonder wijden aan de dienst van God. Bovendien is de zondag een rustdag, een geschenk van God waar we dankbaar voor mogen zijn in een jachtige tijd als de onze. Een dag om op adem te komen. Tegen deze achtergrond is de SGP-site op zondag ‘gesloten’.

Uiteraard bent u van maandag tot en met zaterdag hartelijk welkom op onze SGP-site.

Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij

Didn’t quite get that?  Here’s my translation:

Dear Visitor,

We’re happy that you have an interest in the SGP and the positions of our party.

One of the positions relates to Sunday.  That is the first day of the week, the day of the resurrection of Christ, which we in particular dedicate to the service of God.  In addition Sunday is a day of rest, a gift from God for which we should be grateful in these frenetic times.  A day to catch one’s breath.  Accordingly the SGP site is “closed” on Sunday.

Of course you are most heartily welcome to return to our site Monday through Saturday.

Political Reformed Party

Have to give them credit though – they even kept their site closed on a Sunday before a major election in 2006.  I wonder if the candidates also refused all calls.

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Anti-Family advocate Allan Carlson does Amsterdam

This past week a new name popped up on my radar: Dr. Allan C. Carlson of The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society based in Rockford, IL.  I had never heard of the guy before, but apparently he’s been staging something called the World Congress of Families every two to five years, starting in 1997. This year it was held in Amsterdam.

The Howard Center’s manifesto can be found here.  It boils down to this:  There is something called “natural family”, which is one man and one woman married for life, having many babies that are forbidden sex ed or access to birth control and abortion so that they too will have many babies.  Homos are sick fucks and need not apply; Carlson links to numerous Paul Cameron works of anti-gay defamation on his website.  And he spake these words of Christian charity a few years ago

Governments don’t create families. They can recognize and nurture them, or destabilize and delegitimize them. Homosexual marriage is the most potent weapon yet devised for the latter.

He doesn’t much like feminists either.  Yes, I’m shocked too. (more…)

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