Government & Families

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The Deseret News reported a vacation guru is calling for a boycott of Kanab, Utah, for the following reason:

[Kanab] city leaders passed a “natural family” resolution expressing support for “upholding the marriage of a woman to a man, and a man to a woman as ordained by God. The resolution, approved in Kanab in January and drafted by the conservative Sutherland Institute, goes on to encourage homes to be open to a “full quiver of children” and young women to become “wives, homemakers and mothers.”

I’m not so sure municipal governments should be getting into the business of mandating family sizes and career options for women.

11 thoughts on “Government & Families

  1. Are you sure “mandating” is the right word? I don’t see any mandating going on here.

  2. No, it doesn’t look like they have. Are you seriously asking me to believe that every resolution is a mandate? Even the wording in the pink box makes it clear this isn’t so: “expressing support for” and “goes on to encourage.” Expressing support and encouraging aren’t the same as mandating. If they had wanted to pass a mandate, they would have done so. They would have passed an ordinance that actually requires people to do something and attaches penalties for not doing so. That’s a mandate. Here, they’ve only voiced their moral support and encouragement.

    I’m not saying they were right to do what they did. I’m saying that what they did isn’t a mandate.

  3. ltbugaf

    But I have to wonder how single mothes who have no choice but to go out to work to support their families, feel? or homosexuals who already feel outcasts from society feel?

    i support the family, i support the CHOICE women have to stay home if they so desire. but I do not for one minute think that a municapal government has a right to set moral standards. it may not be exactly mandating, but it seems like they are saying “we support this idea, and none other”. municipal government is not a moral government and doesn’t have a rewsponisbility to place moral standards like this. their responsibility lies in making the town/city a safe, liveable place for all local citizens. not for deciding what type of lifestyle such citizens should have.

  4. Joe Tucker, U.S. Congressional candidate for Utah’s 2nd District, supports the City of Kanab’s endorsement of the Natural Family:

    “We have been preached separation of church and state by secularists for so long that we begin to believe that our moral beliefs have no place in government. To the contrary, many of our laws are based on moral belief. Clearly Utah has a religious majority. Religion influences our moral beliefs as it should. Standing up for our moral beliefs is not forcing our religion on anyone. I admire the courage of the Kanab city council in endorsing the Natural Family. I hope they don’t give in to fear as a few loud voices express their anger. We need civic leaders with the courage to stand up for morality and the family. The Kanab city council has my support.”

    The Natural Family resolution begins: “We envision a local culture that upholds the marriage of a woman to a man, and a man to a woman as ordained of God.” It ends with: “And we look to local government that holds the protection of the natural family to be their first responsibility.” The NF resolution brazenly states an elected official’s first responsibility is to people who believe in God, specifically a God who ordains heterosexual monogamy. Atheists, Buddhists, secular humanists and plain old Pagans are thus relegated to what? A government’s “second” responsibility? Third? Fourth?

    Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor created a simple criteria for situations like this: “A law is unconstitutional if it favors one religion over another in a way that makes some people feel like outsiders and others feel like insiders.”

    Amen, Sister O’Connor.

    Joe Tucker, however, supports the NF resolution because, “Standing up for our moral beliefs is not forcing our religion on anyone.” He further hopes Kanab’s city council won’t rescind the resolution and thereby give in to “fear.” Eh? The council members have passed a resolution which clearly makes God’s ordained spouses their first responsibility. With Heaven on their side what in Hell do they have to fear?

    Joe Tucker also states on his website that separation of church and state is NOT in the U.S. Constitution. This refers to the semantic debate over the “establishment” clause of the First Amendment which has been raging for decades. Mr. Tucker states, “We have been preached separation of church and state by secularists for so long that we begin to believe that our moral beliefs have no place in government.” Briefly, then, Mr. Tucker feels secularists hinder morality in government. His feelings are validated by the fact that one-hundred percent of the major political scandals in U.S. history have centered around people who belonged to one organized religion or another.

    Mr. Tucker also explains why a citizen’s right to brandish a lethal weapon IS embraced by the U.S. Constitution: “We have just seen in New Orleans how quickly civilization can deteriorate into lawlessness in a crisis. As a member of Congress I will fight to insure that the right of good citizens to bear arms is not infringed.”

    Which is why I say, vote JOE TUCKER for Congress. We’ll never get a Democrat elected in THIS district so our next best strategy is obvious: Elect a Republican who openly supports both the Natural Family concept as well as city-wide gunplay following a natural disaster.

  5. Unless you’re one of the 7 million non-US residents who are members of the Church and cannot vote for the US congress.

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