Whom to watch at the World Congress of Families

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  • Contrariusiest mid-state, TN
    Oct. 29, 2015 12:57 p.m.

    @Groucho Marks --

    "How dare you ask us to actually attend the conference and judge from there instead of flinging personal invective in the comments section? "

    The only invective I see is coming from the anti-equality crowd. Imagine that.

  • Groucho Marks L, UT
    Oct. 29, 2015 12:40 p.m.

    Idahofisherman,

    How dare you ask us to actually attend the conference and judge from there instead of flinging personal invective in the comments section? Where's the fun in that?

  • Idahofisherman SHELLEY, ID
    Oct. 28, 2015 1:14 p.m.

    I attended this conference yesterday and surprisingly I did not hear all the hate speech that so many on this comment line seem to think is coming from this group. I did hear that we should love each other, love our neighbors, raise strong families, love our spouses, love God and fight for freedom of worship. There are many different faiths represented at this conference and they all support the traditional family. The people talking about hating gays and adoptive parents must be speaking later, I guess, or they were in another building. maybe they were saving them for the closing ceremonies. Really I think sometimes when you go to an event like this with an agenda you will come away feeling that you are validated in your agenda. but like I said I must be new to all this. I am just a father of 4, married 23 years, son of good parents and brother to 6 siblings that are raising good families and yes some are adopted. open your hearts and minds people.

  • AuContrarius mid-state, TN
    Oct. 28, 2015 1:08 p.m.

    @Counter Intelligence --

    "The Southern Poverty Law Center is the consummate example of politically correct fundamentalism"

    It doesn't really matter what the SPLC does or does not say about the WCF.

    The WCF dismisses any nonbiological family as "meaningless" -- and that includes straight adoptive families. They invite speakers who actively work to deny rights to LGBTs -- including those who work to get laws passed in other countries that send LGBTs to prison or even execution. The WCF also associates with people who clearly state that they don't even believe in freedom of religion.

    A person or organization is known by its friends. And these friends are nobody the WCF should be proud of.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 28, 2015 11:10 a.m.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center is the consummate example of politically correct fundamentalism which has devolved into the personification of everything they claim to despise: Being labeled a "hate group" by the SPLC is, at best, ironic. The World Congress of Families should view the SPLC's duplicitous contempt as a badge of honor (if they pay attention to it at all).

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    Oct. 27, 2015 1:07 p.m.

    @HappyDad writes, "The WCF proves that there are good men and women out there who are trying to steer public discourse in the right direction--who are more concerned about finding and disseminating truth than appeasing people by condoning decisions that cannot lead to lasting peace and happiness. Not everyone is lost in a sea of relativism and moral anarchy."

    My daughter and her wife seem to have a happy life, with fulfilling jobs, friends, a modest home with a peach tree in the back yard and solar panels on the roof, and a welcoming church. But you say this "cannot lead to lasting peace and happiness". They've been married 15 months and do seem happy together. But you are certain that this is going to end. Can you give me a rough timetable?

  • Testimony Philadelphia, PA
    Oct. 27, 2015 12:21 p.m.

    The only "World" anything I'm interested in that starts today is the World Series.

    And there's nothing better for family life than enjoying something together as a family!

  • Testimony Philadelphia, PA
    Oct. 27, 2015 12:16 p.m.

    Bluto,

    "... tactics of declaring anybody who disagrees with them [LGBT] as hateful ..."

    I could understand you objecting to the semantics or the word itself, but let's start here:

    FACT: LGBT people are people first.

    FACT: People have certain rights.

    FACT: Anti-LGBT groups think LGBT people have too many rights and want to take some away.

    How am I doing so far?

    So, then we're left with what to call this position. I agree that "hate" is a little simplistic. But, the anti- position mimics that of the KKK and its supporters regarding black civil rights, and that's how they were characterized, which is why the word carries forward.

    "Opposition Group" falls a little short of the mark, because it doesn't describe what taking away human rights does to people, or the animus that motivates it. And, you can't simplistically have "Christian" because I'm a member of a Christian denomination that works FOR inclusiveness and equality.

    So, if you have a better word that describes not just wanting, but working to exclude disliked people from society to their detriment, let's hear it.

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    Oct. 27, 2015 11:45 a.m.

    Considering some of the things you allow to be said about GLBT people in your comments it's interesting that you can't even acknowledge that the World Congress of Families is considered a hate group.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 27, 2015 11:09 a.m.

    Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, is particularly controversial for
    including this statement in an August 2011 fundraising letter:

    "When you knock over a core pillar of society like marriage, and then try to redefine Biblical views of marriage as bigotry, there will be consequences. Will one of the consequences be a serious push to normalize pedophilia?"
    (NOM blog August 18, 2011)

    In an interview on CNN in 2012 Brian Brown was asked about a similar statement made by the Family Research Council: "One of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the "prophets" of a new sexual order."

    "When pressed further on whether or not it is a hateful statement, Brown had this to say:
    No, I would disagree...I mean, again, you can agree or disagree with the position, but saying it's spewing hate and that we are therefore going to label you a hate group, that's totally irresponsible, and I think the American people understand this, and this tragedy highlights how irresponsible something like this is."

  • HappyDad Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 27, 2015 10:55 a.m.

    Bumperboo, may God bless your beautiful family and help you all work through this messy thing called life--as I pray He will for my family too. We sure all need His help.

    A prerequisite to finding lasting happiness is to know which direction to go. Not all paths lead to good things. The WCF proves that there are good men and women out there who are trying to steer public discourse in the right direction--who are more concerned about finding and disseminating truth than appeasing people by condoning decisions that cannot lead to lasting peace and happiness. Not everyone is lost in a sea of relativism and moral anarchy, and that is encouraging. Keep up the great work, World Congress of Families!

  • Misty Mountain Kent, WA
    Oct. 27, 2015 9:27 a.m.

    @Justiciaparatodos, unless you are suggesting that gay adults marry opposite sex people, there will be no "family" that includes them unless they marry a same sex person. Do you think it is best for society if gay adults live alone? If you have some other suggestions, please make them. But I don't see you offering any other options.

  • Bumperboo Polson, MT
    Oct. 27, 2015 8:49 a.m.

    Happy Dad- I also believe the best scenario for the perfect eternal family is mommy, daddy, six kids- three girls and three boys, 25 grandchildren- 14 girls and 11 boys, and eight great grandchildren- 5 boys and 3 girls. All go on missions and get married in the temple, stay active in the church, and none are gay or transgendered. And you all live happily ever after! I've just described my own amazing family!!! Except we are not perfect. All are not active in the church. Some have experienced divorce, remarriage, infertility, used donor sperm and adoption. We have step grand and great grandkids. We have substance abuse issues. We also have eagle scouts, missionaries, and temple marriages. We have a grand son-in-law who grew up in polygamy and has extended family who are polygamists with whom he remains close. We have democrats, republicans, and even a few crazy libertarians. We are a close knit and happy family! My point, Happy Dad, is that our family is not perfect in your eyes I'm sure or in the eyes of this conference, but to me they ARE perfect! I believe gay couples have the civil right to create their own perfect families.

  • Frank Fourth New York, NY
    Oct. 27, 2015 8:15 a.m.

    Is birth control part of the natural family?

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 27, 2015 7:19 a.m.

    Sigh.

    I am ashamed (again) and saddened at my church leaders involvement with this organization and conference.

    Two steps forward, five steps backward.

    This just may be the final straw for me.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Oct. 27, 2015 6:04 a.m.

    @ mpartial

    The Southern Poverty Law Center is in itself, a liberal hate group.

    The LGBT's Saul Alinsky tactics of declaring anybody who disagrees with them as hateful is well designed.

    The LGBT community is just going to have to get over the fact that some people will not embrace their lifestyle and that is okay.

    To bully those who have a different opinion, with pejorative insults is childish, yet effective, in our PC World.

    It is very important for people to see through their gamesmanship.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 11:18 p.m.

    We have a disintegrating society, but the speakers at this event have it all wrong as to cause. The disintegration of the family is not a cause, but rather is a symptom. It is capitalism that is disintegrating, placing enormous economic pressure on the family, and the family can't take much more.

    To the degree Utah is an exception, it is just a temporary exception. At some point in the near future the entire system will collapse, suddenly. And yes, family structures will be more important then ever. Our survival will in large part depend on the stability of families, nuclear and extended. But family stability will not prevent the collapse, rather it might allow us to survive it.

  • Red Corvette St. George, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 10:03 p.m.

    @Quaker

    Re: "Awesome! Since 8:43 this morning, my comment pointing out the prevarication of this newspaper on the subject of whether the WCF is a "hate group" garnered at least 15 'likes,' and then poof! it's gone, retroactively 'denied' 8 hours later."

    Welcome to my world. They do that to me all the time too. Only goes to show that we are making valid points that get under their skin.

  • Bumperboo Polson, MT
    Oct. 26, 2015 8:46 p.m.

    Sorry for all the misspellings in my original post. Will try to be more careful. Thank you Lagomorph for bringing up the fact that gays in many African countries are not just discriminated against but often killed. The West cannot be blamed for "creating" a gay "problem" in other countries. We could however have an influence on other countries in how to treat LGBT individuals with acceptance and assurance of equal civil liberties. We consider ourselves enlightened and Christian. As such it is not our job to judge but to accept even those with whom we might disagree. God created us all and made each of us unique. We should embrace our differences. If this conference were about celebrating and supporting the family, in all it's different manifestations, I would be writing a different comment!

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 7:18 p.m.

    For a more in-depth analysis, see the trib's opinion piece on the WCF.

  • Contrariuser mid-state, TN
    Oct. 26, 2015 6:49 p.m.

    @Jimbo Low --

    "Grandpa who loves God is quoting straight from Mormonsandgays.org"

    That doesn't change the truth of my statement, Jim.

    Remember, less than 2% of the population is Mormon. The rest couldn't care much less about the beliefs of the LDS church -- and all those other Christians of other denominations have just as much right to claim knowledge of God as you or the Mormon church do.

    @HappyDad --

    "advocating for the ideal of two-biological-parent families has nothing to do with hating orphans..."

    If the WCF would actually stick with advocating for two-biological-parent families, then few people would be upset with them.

    Unfortunately, that's not at all what they do in reality.

    The WCF dismisses any nonbiological family as "meaningless" -- and that includes straight adoptive families. They invite speakers who actively work to deny rights to LGBTs -- including working to get laws passed in other countries that send LGBTs to prison or even execution. The WCF associates with people who clearly state that they don't even believe in freedom of religion.

    A person or organization is known by its friends. And these friends are nobody the WCF should be proud of.

  • HappyDad Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 5:49 p.m.

    The straw-man arguments of those angry with anyone opposing same-sex marriage are really sad. The same small contingency of pro-gay advocates attempts to swamp the comments sections on every story that mentions the topic and then they all like each others' comments to try to give some false impression that their views are widely held among Dnews readership. Well, it doesn't work. Most readers of the Dnews are intelligent enough to know that advocating for the ideal of two-biological-parent families has nothing to do with hating orphans, single parents, or the LGBT community. It has everything to do with loving children and advocating what is very best for them, our families, and society as a whole. Ask any divorced parent whether he/she wishes they had been able to have a stable, happy, traditional family. We advocate for the ideal, and try to help less-than-ideal situations move in the right direction. This conference is about love and family and societal preservation in a world of crumbling values. We need so much more of this type of thing.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 5:47 p.m.

    @Cats 7:09 a.m. Oct. 26, 2015

    These people are swimming against a tide of evil in today's world and I wish them all the best.

    ------------------------

    They're not the ones who are "swimming against a tide of evil in today's world" -- they're the ones who are promoting the evil through their hateful rhetoric and actions.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 5:39 p.m.

    @Laura Bilington 2:15 p.m. Oct. 26, 2015

    YOU and your husband aren't the evil ones. That title is reserved for the ones who would work against the good that you do for your families, and the families for which you advocate. You're the type of person whose ideas need to be promoted, not the narrow and exclusive and hurtful balderdash the WCF spews. Good for you!

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 4:34 p.m.

    Families are great, but I'm disappointed, and frankly, shocked, that Utah's Governor and the LDS Church are welcoming this group and participating in its convention. The WCF has been named as a hate group by the FBI, the Human Rights Coalition and the Southern Poverty Law Center. It has been involved in advocating laws in other countries that punish--and even kill--gays. That's simply evil, and nothing that Utah or anyone should support.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 4:16 p.m.

    You wouldn't think you'd need to tear down the idea of same sex families in order to build up 'traditional' ones.

  • A Quaker Brooklyn, NY
    Oct. 26, 2015 4:10 p.m.

    Awesome! Since 8:43 this morning, my comment pointing out the prevarication of this newspaper on the subject of whether the WCF is a "hate group" garnered at least 15 "likes," and then poof! it's gone, retroactively "denied" 8 hours later.

    Of course, other comments posted about scheduled speakers who seek to marginalize and exclude gay people from society (a clearly hateful act) remain, so perhaps the trigger was my observation that the worst thing gay people do to families is cause them to rip themselves apart, when families choose church dogma over filial love and kick them out.

    Did I perchance touch a raw nerve of someone on staff? If so, I apologize.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 3:35 p.m.

    [At the 2012 World Congress of Families, hosted in Madrid, Okafor gave a speech in which she speculated that Western gay rights activists may be conspiring with Boko Haram to "silence Christians." In that speech, which drew criticism from LGBT advocacy groups, Okafor also said that "attacks on the natural family" had driven Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda "to actually put in place a ban on homosexual unions."]

    At least the article doesn't hide the fact that there are very... shall we say... controversial viewpoints at these meetings.

  • Contrarius mid-state, TN
    Oct. 26, 2015 3:26 p.m.

    @Justiciaparatodos --

    "There will always be a small minority of citizens who feel it is best for them to engage in un-natural behaviors and family structures."

    "Unnatural behaviors"? Remember, many opposite-sex couples enjoy the very same behaviors that same-sex couples do.

    And remember, "unnatural family structures", according to the WCF, includes all STRAIGHT adoptive families as well. Do you agree with them that adoptive families are unnatural?

    "Some individuals who have homo-sexual inclinations feel they must denigrate and criticize other citizens who promote natural families."

    Who?

    I've never yet seen anyone denigrating "natural" families, nor people who truly try to support them. If you believe otherwise, please provide some examples.

    Be specific.

  • Jimbo Low PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 3:08 p.m.

    @Contrarius:
    "No. Homosexuality is against **your personal beliefs about God's law**."
    Actually--Grandpa who loves God is quoting straight from Mormonsandgays.org which you seem to like to quote. The website states:
    From a public relations perspective it would be easier for the Church to simply accept homosexual behavior. That we cannot do, for God’s law is not ours to change. There is no change in the Church’s position of what is morally right.
    So your selective understanding of this website is mistaken--you like to quote from it when it suits your purpose. It is actually correct when it states we cannot accept homosexual behavior.
    Yet again--the laws of God are unchangeable regardless of where "modern" thought and beliefs and the winds of acceptable behavior take the world.

  • From Ted's Head Orem, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 3:02 p.m.

    It's likely that within the broad spectrum of "traditional families" and "alternative families" there are both the very good and the very bad. Trying to compare specific families is a fruitless task as there is no definitive definition of a "good" family. However, for LDS folk, who in believing that the family structure can exist beyond this life, are in the minority and yet that belief in an eternal family structure is part of what fuels the whole anti-gay marriage push. What goes unsaid is that (in my opinion) a very small percentage of "traditional" marriages will qualify to be eternal family units according to LDS Doctrine. Regardless, the opportunity is there for traditional family units and not there for gay marriages, hence the opposition from the LDS Church. I suspect there will be lots of sorting out to be done in the next life. For those who don't believe in life after this one, or in the possibility of being a family unit in heaven, then we believe fundamentally different things and our viewpoints of traditional families and solutions to the challenges of the day will likely be different, too.

  • appdancer murfreesboro, rutherford co., TN
    Oct. 26, 2015 2:44 p.m.

    As various posters have pointed out, this "world" congress is out-of-step and out-of-date. Instead of being inclusive, they are excluding large groups of folks in the world who are raising ( most quite well, I assume) children and forming "families". To exclude is not to be successful. I hope this is the last of this type event to occur in the modern world.

  • Red Corvette St. George, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 2:33 p.m.

    Perhaps instead of giving speeches and vilifying others who may be different from them, this group should consider listening to them and try to better understand. Throwing stones "in defense of natural families" is not what I consider positive or beneficial to anyone.

  • Justiciaparatodos Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 2:13 p.m.

    Very happy this conference is featuring such outstanding experts and scholars on many important topics. It behooves citizens to understand the many, many advantages that the natural family brings to our societies on so many levels.

    There will always be a small minority of citizens who feel it is best for them to engage in un-natural behaviors and family structures. Some individuals who have homo-sexual inclinations feel they must denigrate and criticize other citizens who promote natural families. We must educate ourselves and our youth to understand the many differences between natural families and other "alternative family" models so that they can be best positioned to make intelligent and wise family structure choices in life.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    Oct. 26, 2015 2:15 p.m.

    @Cats wrote, "These people are swimming against a tide of evil in today's world and I wish them all the best."

    My husband and I have been married 36 years. We have four home-made children and ten adopted children.

    I never thought of us as being part of the "tide of evil". But apparently we are. I mean, our twin girls could have been raised by their biological mother and father--and evil us, we prevented that by adopting them. Of course, the fact that they were abandoned on the side of the road at the age of two days--joining over a thousand other baby girls that year alone in that (Asian) city---was irrelevant.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 2:07 p.m.

    @Summit Sending gay family members to prison does nothing to strengthen that family. The WCF pushes laws like that. I hope much about the hate these people spew is written in the media.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 2:05 p.m.

    @Cats;

    These people are the ones who are PROPOGATING evil in this world; bigotry and discrimination are evil!

    @Grandpa;

    "The truth is that homosexuality is against God's law ..."

    --- How do you know that? Have you bothered to even ask your god about it? Or, like most others with that opinion, do you simply rely on the opinions of bigoted religious leaders? My guess is the latter.

    @Marxist & Lagomorph;

    Why the surprise? They're also saying that LGBT are the cause of nearly every disaster known, natural or otherwise. Their credibility is sorely lacking.

  • Summit Park City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 1:52 p.m.

    Looks like a terrific conference on strengthening families. Strengthening families may be one of the most important things that can be done to help solve world problems.

    Wish I could attend. I hope much is written of the conference / talks and shared through media outlets.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 1:43 p.m.

    It is wonderful to host such a great conference celebrating the traditional family unit. Hopefully this conference will get bigger every year. The father+mother+children family unit with a foundation of faith is the core of a healthy society and statics show it. As the secular society crumbles to the ground the tradional family unit will not only survive but thrive.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 1:25 p.m.

    This is not something to be proud of. Speaking at this conference should be something to be embarrassed about.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 1:19 p.m.

    marxist: "Say what?"

    Yeah, I marveled at that statement, too, which desperately screams for elucidation, confirmation, and, well, some supporting evidence. It makes absolutely no sense that gays would partner with folks who are a bigger threat to them than the Christians are.

    Article: ". . .Okafor also said that 'attacks on the natural family' had driven Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda 'to actually put in place a ban on homosexual unions.'"

    This claim, too, could use some elucidation. What kinds of attacks is she talking about? Physical violence? And how are the attacks prevented by 'a ban on homosexual unions'? The latter, by the way, is remarkably charitable euphemism for saying that gays are being beaten, imprisoned, and killed simply for being gay.

    Article: "Okafor has been critical about what she said is the effort of Western countries and international organizations to impose their values on African countries."

    But the efforts by American religious fundamentalists to push their rigid moral agenda and influence African legislation to oppress gays are not a form of colonialism and imposed values?

  • UTCProgress American Fork, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 1:00 p.m.

    What is exactly is "Pro-Family" and who, by the group's definition is "anti-family"? Are not LBGT communities interested in creating loving family bonds as well? The need to create an enemy or a monster of those who disagree with you is as old as time.

    Can we not simply state that all rational people are "pro-family"? It is slanderous to state otherwise, regardless of the sexuality of the people in question. If this organization wants to make the world a better place they should spend their "pro-family" time trying to help solve real issues instead of taking so much time making ideological stands.

    Here are a few topics they could cover instead:
    - How can we strengthen the middle class so that they can provide opportunities for their children
    - What steps can be taken to reduce world poverty to help address hunger and housing issues affecting families
    - How can we make medical care universal to ensure a quality of life for families, regardless of income level

  • Contrarius mid-state, TN
    Oct. 26, 2015 1:04 p.m.

    @Grandpa who loves God and you --

    "homosexuality is against God's law"

    No. Homosexuality is against **your personal beliefs about God's law**.

    Yet again -- many LGBTs are Christian, and many straight Christians support full equality for all. And they have just as much right to claim knowledge of God's law as you do.

    "counseling similar to what is given to others having to deal with addictive behaviors."

    From the Mormons and Gays website: "Attraction to those of the same sex...should not be viewed as a disease or illness."

    Do you disagree with the LDS church?

    "We should also prohibit adoption among couples of same-sex marriages."

    Would you rather have kids growing up with NO parents?

    Remember, thousands of kids age out of the US foster care system every year because nobody wants to adopt them. And LGBT couples adopt these kids at higher rates than straight couples do.

    Is it better to have same-sex parents, or no parents at all?

    Also remember -- Utah was happy to legally adopt to SINGLE gay parents for years before same-sex marriage became legal. Is one parent better than two?

  • Grandpa who loves God and you North Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 12:16 p.m.

    The fight against the LGBTQ community is really not worth pursuing in my opinion because of the continual hate that continues to escalate. Rather we need to focus on what families need to do to educate our children to live morally. The truth is that homosexuality is against God's law and will only result in an eternity of remorse not only for those in such relationships, but also their parents and siblings who are suffering greatly. Those who have same-sex attraction tendencies should receive counseling similar to what is given to others having to deal with addictive behaviors. We should also prohibit adoption among couples of same-sex marriages. Hopefully the conference will also encourage adoption of babies to good husband-wife marriages rather than abortion, which is simply murdering the unborn. More needs to be done in our families to teach our children to live moral lives so that abortion never becomes an issue. Somehow we need to move the nation, the Congress and courts in particular to prohibit partial-birth abortion.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 10:38 a.m.

    "Okafor will speak at a session on African perspectives on religious freedom and the breakdown of the family. ... At the 2012 World Congress of Families, hosted in Madrid, Okafor gave a speech in which she speculated that Western gay rights activists may be conspiring with Boko Haram to "silence Christians."

    Say what?

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 8:55 a.m.

    The WCF has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. No other US City would host them. Many European countries refused them as well. To have our Governor attend & welcome them is a disgrace to Utah.

  • Bumperboo Polson, MT
    Oct. 26, 2015 8:37 a.m.

    As an active LDS AND a Progressive, I see both the postive and the negative of this conference. Having a speaker who rescues viuctims of the sec trade is definitely a good thing. Pushing the agendas of anti-gay marriage and other light civil rights, not so much. Making it a republican versus democratic gathering seems counter productive. But what affects me personally is the speaker who is in denial of the pain of infertility. A daughter and husband,being unable to have children, made the decision to use dinar sperm and produced two amazing young women, both active in the church and one is now a living mother herself. These girls knew from an early age where they came from and are well adjusted individuals. It angers me than some stranger can say they should not exist. Shame on these people for much of their self righteous and destructive agenda!

  • Contrarius mid-state, TN
    Oct. 26, 2015 8:15 a.m.

    "The mission of the conference, which has been held annually since 1997, is to exchange ideas to strengthen the "natural family,"

    Note that, by their own mission statement, these people dismiss as meaningless even **straight** adoptive families, along with straight infertile couples and the families they create through surrogacy and/or artificial insemination.

    The presence of people like Okafor and Brown reveal the true goals of the group, no matter what happy-smiley spin the WCF may try to put on their efforts.

    Unfortunately, they waste what could be a very good opportunity to reach across political boundaries. Imagine the good they could do if they really worked to strengthen ALL families, instead of just the subset of families that they happen to agree with?

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 7:09 a.m.

    These people are swimming against a tide of evil in today's world and I wish them all the best.

  • OneHumanFamily Provo, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 6:58 a.m.

    If this conference was TRULY about strengthening families, they would not have speakers like Brian Brown who have consistently shown animosity towards gay people.

    My brother and his husband are raising children and they are great parents. The kids are well-adjusted, caring, and happy. What else do you want?! Would the WCF rather have those children go back to a broken foster care system? Gay people are not the only ones that pay a price with homophobia.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 5:04 a.m.

    I want to watch the person who will speak to the equal merits and benefits of ALL families, regardless whether headed by single parents or by opposite-sex or same-sex parents, regardless whether there are no children or a responsible number of children or an excessive number of children, regardless how the children came into the family (parental breeding, step-parenting, adoption, surrogacy, fostering, etc.). Oh, wait -- there isn't going to be anyone who will do that because they only care about a very narrow and exclusive definition of "family" and have no use for any other real family structure or creation.

    This group has no business purporting to be a "World Congress of Families" because that implies inclusion, and not the exclusion they want to claim and practice. It's time they be truthful, and at the very least change their name to the "World Congress of Narrowly Defined Families". It would be nice to see truth-in-advertising on their part. Either that, or they start doing what they should be doing and, by its name claim to be doing -- celebrate all forms and definitions of family equally. Sadly I don't see that happening.

  • Wilf 55 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 26, 2015 4:24 a.m.

    The better question would be "What to watch". Will we hear about the challenges of health care insurance for poor families, social and economic injustice to women, pollution affecting our children, the loving handling of LGBT children, or violence in homes? And will the message to representatives from East-European and African nations, as well as Muslim countries, again recommend to promote laws that will entice people to bash, persecute, and imprison our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters? WCF's record is already abysmal in that respect.

    As a Mormon, I am ashamed that my church is involved in this event -- unless Mormons speaking at this conference will take this opportunity to help change the WCF.

  • Frank Fourth New York, NY
    Oct. 26, 2015 1:24 a.m.

    I wonder who will take home the gold.