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Life and Family Issues; Revisited
April 2003, Halifax, (Rosalie and I) as "Life and Family Reps", presented to the Parliamentary Justice committee on justice, our views on the discussion paper re: "Marriage and the Legal Recognition of Other Unions", it was a presentation in support of the natural traditional family.
We pointed out that many organizations recognize the intrinsic value of life, the societal interest and the necessity for the protection and enhancement of the traditional family. Kerby Anderson1 of Probe Ministries has written on this subject along with many references. In main it was stated that civilizations are born and then decline. The symptoms were highlighted and foretold by the decline in spiritual and moral values. Many societies collapsed were preceded by sexual revolutions, where marriage and family were not longer accorded value. Truly we can attest to the phrase, "As the family goes, so too goes the nation."2
Looking at the patterns throughout history we can see that the moral decay has fostered a cheapness of life itself, with the slaughter of unborn babies and now the advent of physician-assisted suicides for all ages. It wasn't that long ago pointed out by the pro-life movement that it would be hard to condemn the disposing of old people who become a burden to society and/or their families for if one could destroy life at its beginning, why not at its end for the same reasons? Are we not seeing a slight shift in public opinion as well as the courts?
In the past as nations fell into decline, life became cheap, infants were strangled, exposed to the elements, or sold into slavery. Others were sacrificed to pagan goddesses in order to ensure productivity or a long life. Today life has become cheap. At one end of the spectrum, unborn babies are aborted. At the other end, physician-assisted suicide is becoming acceptable for the aged.3 The occurrence of babies being found in dumpsters, lockers etc., or left in garbage bags has become more frequent, not to mention the destruction that takes place in hospitals.
We are on the path of so many failed societies as if we cannot change the course to destruction. In his essay he points to a book by Jim Nelson Black When Nations Die. Black looked at 3000 years of history of nations that are conquered by other nations of collapse into anarchy. He too has noted that the decline was a social decay, cultural decay followed by a moral decay. We can see this in some stories of the Biblle, i.e., Sodom and Gommorah, the fall of Gibeah and again the book of Hosea, when Israel was overrun by Assyrians. It would be difficult to name societies that have survived longevity.
Russell Kirk, an American, writer and thinker, sums it up,
"It appears to me that our culture labors in an advanced state of decadence; that what many people mistake for the triumph of our civilization actually consists of powers that are disintegrating our culture; that the vaunted 'democratic freedom' of liberal society in reality is servitude to appetites and illusions which attack religious belief; which destroy community through excessive centralization and urbanization; which efface life-giving tradition and custom."4
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1 Kerby Anderson is the president of Probe Ministries International. He received his B.S. from Oregon State University, M.F.S. from Yale University, and M.A. from Georgetown University. He is the author of several b ooks, including Genetic Engineering, Origin Science, Living Ethically in the 90s, Signs of Warning, Signs of Hope, and Moral Dilemmas. He also served as general editor for Marriage, Family and Sexuality.
4 Russell Kirk, "Can Our Civilization Survive?" address to Heritage Foundation, 24 July 1992. and quoted by Kerby Anderson.
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Campaign Life Coalition and Fireside Kitchens
Fireside Kitchen is a vocational training and work
experience center for intellectually challenged adults.
These rich dark fruitcakes are made at the center
from scratch, soaked in sherry, covered with
almonds, walnuts and cherries and are full of fruit.
They make wonderful gis for Christmas giving!