The family essentially undergirds a peaceful social order, and so among the government’s many roles, supporting families is paramount. The Romans knew this, for example, and in its apogee, the Empire exhorted her citizens to practice fidelity to their spouses, to beget many children and to educate them well. When the emperors and senators began cheating on their wives, aborting their children, and practicing homosexuality, the empire began to weaken, and eventually collapsed.
Who or what can provide necessary family support in our day? Public education, the entertainment industry, and politics have all demonstrated their indifference to family life. Our government too is faltering in its essential duty — its promotion of same-sex “marriage” manifests even an enmity towards marriage and family life. The government needs a power greater than itself, a perspective broader than its own, to accomplish this task. Good religion, which is non-partisan and non-political, exercises an irreplaceable role in our Republic. George Washington wrote that “While just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government its surest support” (my italics).
I have been asked to deliver an address this Friday, June 8, at a Freedom Rally in San Francisco to protest the government’s incursions on our First Right in the Bill of Rights — the right to Freedom of Religion (see back page). We must call the government back to our founders’ respect for religion, to their acceptance of the support only religion can offer. We are preparing for the national Fortnight of Freedom, about which I will speak next week.