Panel: John D. Mueller – Lehrman Institute Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Steve Smoot –
Family First Foundation, Christopher Carmouche – Grasstops USA, Eric Teetsel – Manhattan Declaration
The Family: A Proclamation to the World concludes with these solemn words, “…we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.”
This panel lecture and discussion focused on the negative economic and social effects harming not only the family, but societies in general, bought about primarily through the low birth rate and abortion. Following are just a few drops from the fire hose of research, not opinion, that we were favored with:
1 – “The Success Sequence”
Graduate from High School
Get a job
Census data shows if every American followed this pattern at a rate they did in 1970 the poverty rate would be reduced by 70%.
2 – Millennials
Many Millennials view marriage as less the cornerstone of their life, but as more the capstone. They value, education, personal fulfillment, career advancement and stability. These things are to be attained and enjoyed before a marriage.
Arthur Brooks, from the American Enterprise Institute, has said, “Here’s a newsflash—marriage matters. All the latest evidence confirms the ancient wisdom: the institution of marriage is a key to productive adulthood, the cornerstone of a stable family, and the basic unit of a healthy community. Its effects go well beyond the married couple. It shapes our whole society, from workforce participation to economic inequality to the effectiveness of education. Children raised by married parents have better odds of succeeding in school, excelling at work, and building a stable relationship of their own.”
3 – Children
They are the life blood and human capital needed for a thriving, growing community. Birthrates have dropped 50% over the past 50 years. If that wasn’t enough data for concern consider the following:
In 1940 the illegitimate birth rate was at below 4%, today it is at a whopping 40%; and in the black community is at a staggering 72%. With a sharp decline in live birth rate coupled with the high percentage of children born strapped with the research proven disadvantage of illegitimacy, the hard dollar cost to communities to provide not only the funds for Social Security and financial safety nets needed but are crippling to society.
”We declare that God’s commandment to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force” and “Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony…” Yet again, the Family Proclamation points the divine way to avoid these calamities.