United Families International: The Blessings of the Family

Painting Title: Family Tree
Patricia LeBon-Herb

The Blessings of the Family for Nations and Homes

It is a difficult and dangerous time for the family. Yet during this Holiday Season, as so many turn their thoughts towards family and loved ones, it is important to step back from the fight and remind ourselves why the family is so worthy of defense-why we, as individuals, communities, and nations, cannot survive without the blessings of this indispensable structure.

The Importance of the Family

The family is the basic unit of society through which every individual is blessed, by which every generation is raised, and upon which every nation is built.

Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, once said, “”The family is the building block of society. It is a nursery, a school, a hospital, a leisure center, a place of refuge, and a place of rest.”

This statement captures the profound and varied blessings provided by a loving and healthy family. These are not simply pleasant gifts that can be substituted with alternative and varied relationships. The traditional family-with a loving father and mother caring for their biological children-is uniquely structured to best provide the love, support, acceptance, and stability necessary for individuals, children, and societies to thrive.

The Blessings of the Family for the Individual

Both men and women are blessed by stable marriages and families. Research consistently shows that individuals within strong families are happier, healthier, safer, more financially sound, and more productive. They experience less depression, take better care of themselves, are happier at their jobs, find more fulfillment in life and experience less illness.

Additionally, marriage and families provide innumerable intangible blessings-such as love, belonging, security, self-sacrifice, and purpose-that are not found or developed as fully in any other relationship. Individuals are at their most loving and self-sacrificing within families.

The Blessings of the Family for Children:

The evidence in support of the family is in no place more unanimous and convincing than in research on the importance of family for the development and happiness of children. Study after study indicates that strong families-with a married biological mother and father-are the best environment for rearing children.

Children raised in traditional families have fewer psychological problems, do better in school, have higher self-esteem, are less likely to use illicit drugs, build stronger relationships, and have fewer behavioral problems than children from broken or single-parent homes. Although the ideal relationship between a married, biological mother and father cannot always be met, all evidence indicates it is an ideal worth striving for.

The Blessings of the Family for Society:

Theodore Roosevelt once captured the importance of the family when he said, “[I]t is the life of the family upon which in the last analysis the whole welfare of the nations rests. . . . The nation is nothing but the aggregate of the families within its borders.”  Strong nations are built out of strong families, not the other way around. No government policy or community program can ever replicate its structure or fulfill its manifold functions.

The family provides the ideal structure through which the most natural and ennobling human affections are focused to promote the safety, welfare and development of all involved. It channels biological drives towards love of others, ensures the well-being and education of children, ties every generation to the next, and secures the welfare of every individual by providing a familial safety net. Government can never create enough programs to compensate if this structure fails.

Strengthening Families:

As the New Year approaches let us all recommit ourselves to strengthening and enjoying our own families. We cannot stave off the attacks of those who would see the family erased from society unless our own families are vibrant and strong.

This simply means we must continue doing what so many of us already do: spend time together, communicate, sacrifice for each other’s welfare, and promote the happiness of spouse and children. These simple acts not only bring happiness and fulfillment to our own lives but literally strengthen our nations and bless our posterity.

United Families International

Voice of the Nation—Taking A Stand

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Family Values Blog Talk Radio


If you don’t stand and help in the fight who will? “  —Mike Duff

On Thursday– Join us on “Voice of the Nation” today as we talk with United Families International President Michael N. Duff about the urgent need to stand for the family.  Everyday new attacks on the family surface and we cannot stand aside any longer.  If we don’t stand and help, who will?

Guest: Michael N. Duff –  Michael N. Duff has spent his professional career in government, politics, international trade, economics, and pro-family advocacy.  He has experience in the United States Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and was appointed by former Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush to work in their administrations.  He also served under Vice President Dan Quayle on the National Space Council.  Mike has managed political campaigns for various elected offices and operates a government relations consulting firm.  He and his wife Kandi have been married 26 years, are the parents of six children, and grandparents of one.


The Family Values Blog Talk Radio show is a joint effort between United Families International, the Digital Network Army, and other Pro-Family organizations in highlighting current issues facing families in the Pro-Family Movement.

Call in to VOICE OF THE NATION every Thursday at 2pm PST.  The call-in number is

347- 215-6801

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Voice of the Nation Welcomes Heather Sandstrom!

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On Thursday–Voice of the Nation welcomes Heather Sandstrom to the show!  Heather serves on the Board of Directors for United Families International and is a former TV newscaster, reporter and talk show host.  She has 5 children and previously hosted an internet radio talk show on parenting until she had brain surgery 9 months ago.  She is doing much better, and we are excited to have her join with us in protecting and preserving, life, marriage, family, and freedom.

Guest Carol Soelberg– Our guest this week is Carol Soelberg, President of United Families International.  Carol just returned from attending the World Congress of Families.  Come listen to her report on what went on there, and how we can help in preserving marriage and families.  The strength of our nation lies in the strength of its homes and families.


The Family Values Blog Talk Radio show is a joint effort between United Families International, the Digital Network Army, and other Pro-Family organizations in highlighting current issues facing families in the Pro-Family Movement.

Call in to VOICE OF THE NATION every Thursday at 2pm PST.  The call-in number is

347- 215-6801

The Rest of the Story—One man stood for us.


Yesterday on Voice of the Nation, we talked with Laura Knaperek, a United Families International representative who was at the United Nations last week to help support and protect the family.  Our time ran out on the show before she was able to tell us the conclusion of what happened during the last day of their time at the U.N., this is from their official report:

“The final three days were blurred into one long day as the delegates worked until 2 a.m. on Wednesday and until 7:30 a.m. on Thursday. The delegates, and those of us who had stayed up all night with them, had only two hours to prepare for the final round of negotiations on Friday. Negotiations became so intense on Thursday night that delegates from pro-family nations would need to leave the room to get rejuvenated by the support and nourishment brought by our small coalition of pro-family organizations. The large International Planned Parenthood Federation had employed a large, imposing man to represent them. Several times United Families International representatives had to block the door to the negotiating room so he would not enter to influence the proceedings.

It was amazing to watch the intimidation tactics that were used in an attempt to force small countries, who want to protect families and the unborn child, to change their votes. It was apparent that the European Union and the United States were attempting to use various persuasive means to convince smaller, pro-family countries to join them in supporting abortion language.

One delegate from a small country told us that he finally yelled at the other delegates, “I cannot join you! It would go against the instructions from my capital! It would go against ideals of the people in my country! And, it would go against my own personal beliefs! I will not change my vote!”

This brave delegate continued to stand strong despite the agonizing, tortuous attacks he was getting. At times, he came out of the room to talk to us and to vent his feelings before going back in to face the opposition again.

During the two weeks of CSW, we saw many delegates abandon the principles of their country and their citizens. We saw delegates fawning over the EU and the US in an attempt to gain favor and money from them by supporting their ideas. We also saw delegates who came from small countries stand up against the tidal wave of pressure that was exerted against them.

The Commission on the Status of Women lasts for two weeks. It is hard to believe that in two weeks so much can happen that affects families. There were many tears shed at the conclusion. It is wonderful to know that because a small group of pro-family organizations teamed up with a small group of pro-family delegates, the family was protected one more time.”  —Beverly Rice, UFI

I used to think that what happened at the U.N. stayed at the U.N. but in becoming an active participant in the political conversation I have learned otherwise.  We in the United States need to give closer heed to the goings on in this group or it will be hijacked for purposes against our interests.

The Obama Administration is the first to take this body seriously and is in the process of pushing through treaties formed years ago including the UNCRC which usurps parental rights  and CEDAW which takes direct aim at the core of the family through it’s mothers.

Barbara Boxer is currently pushing for both of these treaties to be ratified by the United States Senate.  She believes she has the votes or the muscle to force these treaties through.  If she succeeds and these treaties are enacted into law, they will supercede all state and federal laws.  Even the Constitution will have no protection for us because as it says in Article VI, paragraph 2:

“…all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution [of any State] or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

This my friends, is what a ticking time bomb looks like.  The adoption of these treaties would take away the sovereignty of our nation and hand it over to world body consensus.  Handing over our sovereignty voluntarily?  Pressuring smaller nations into giving up their moral convictions? There is nothing about the United Nations that I want.  Europe is morally bankrupt, why would I want my beloved country to answer to their views?

To the one man who spoke out for families and the small handful of delegates who stood strong against the belligerent tide, you have my complete respect, thanks and admiration.  You are heroes.

I first heard this story early this week and have not been able to get the picture out of my head since.

As Laura said.  We are in the fight of our lives.

—Beetle Blogger

Feminists Fail Women and Families

by Serge Melki

"Mother Rose" photo: by Serge Melki

See this from Beverly Rice of United Families International—Beetle Blogger

The Feminist Movement Hurts Families

The feminist movement has done more damage to the family than any other cultural movement in recent memory.  Because of the feminist movement, we have legalized and subsidized abortions all over the world.  Because of the feminist movement, mothers have been encouraged to leave their children to be raised by “a village”.  Because of the feminist movement, men have lost their sense of identity and masculinity.  Because of the feminist movement, fathers have left their homes and families.  Because of the feminist movement, men have sought companionship with other men; and women have sought it with other women.  Because of the feminist movement, religious beliefs have been questioned as “outdated” and “unlawful”.

Each year United Families International joins with their pro-family partners at the United Nations for two weeks for the Commission on the Status of Women(CSW).  This event is where the radical feminist leaders seek to create a document which will help them further their cause.

This year the focus of the Commission will be on HIV/AIDS and its impact on women.  Don’t be fooled though.  They will attempt to suggest that abortions need to be available on demand in order to fight HIV/AIDS.  They will attempt to say that prostitution should be legalized so that proper medical care and safeguard can be given to women who choose this career.  They will attempt to say that the idea of “Gender” is not biological but sociological and that women should not be forced into one gender or another.  They will attempt to say that children should not be forced upon women but that children should be raised by others so that women can pursue their dreams.

Their message will be that a “genderless society” is what people all over the world deserve.  Their message will be that gender is what is holding everyone back.  Their message will be that choosing your gender should be a human right.

In the Phillipines this week they are arguing this very topic.  The Phillipines Senate is voting on a bill that includes language such as, “Gender refers to the physiologico-social differentiated roles, characteristics, and expectations attributed by nature and culture to women and men.” and “No one shall invoke religious beliefs or customary norms as a means of evading compliance with this Act.”

Defenders of the family criticize the bill because they say it has been drafted by members of the radical feminist organization CEDAW Watch Philippines, several of whose members have been affiliated with the CEDAW committee and the UN Development Fund for Women, also known as UNIFEM.

These are the people we find at the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women.  These are the women who seek to change the world as we now know it.  These are the women who have already taken away many of the safeguards which were used to protect the family.

This is a very important time for us.  Obama’s new UN Ambassador will be there to provide support to these women.bev-rice

However, if you could walk the halls of the United Nations during those two weeks, you will see a handful of women who have a different mission.  Their mission is to protect and defend families, parental rights, sanctity of life and religious liberty.  You would see a group of men and women who believe in the family and are willing to do all they can to prevent the others from achieving their goals.

We have been successful in the past.  We hope to be successful this year as well.  Watch for our reports.  Read our blogs and get our updates on Twitter.  And if you can, donate now to support our efforts to protect your family.

Thank You,
Beverly Rice

Feminists Fail Women and Families

Just one short generation ago, the family ruled. It was fashionable to be from a large family where roles were clearly defined. Father knew best and mother was always there to feed, comfort and rely upon. For the most part, dad was the breadwinner, mom the nurturer. Children were expected to be the product of marriage and marriage was only between a man and a woman. Divorce rates were low and the majority couples stayed married for most of their lives. Welfare roles were almost non-existent as were out-of-wedlock births. The family might not have been perfect, but it was intact and the lack of social programs and crime reflected it.
In order to follow the history of the changing family, one must only follow the history of the feminist movement. The correlation between the two clearly outlines the influence radical feminism has had on the breakdown of the family.

For over forty years, the family has been under scrutiny and attack that was brought on by the U.S. radical feminist movement that started in the 1960s. Today the family is certainly different than what it once was.

The Beginning of Radical Feminism

There are three types of women in the world: radical feminists, mainstream feminists and the majority.

Modern feminism, or what has been coined radical feminism, has its roots in the American culture that dates from late 1960s to the early 1970s. Before this time, women who fought to change cultural norms did so with no intention of breaking down the family. They were clearly not anti-marriage. They just wanted women to have more choices in their lives.

By 1969 noted University of Chicago sociology professor Marlene Dixon brazenly declared, “The institution of marriage is the chief vehicle for the perpetuation of the oppression of women; it is through the role of wife that the subjugation of women is maintained.”  Marriage was referred to “as a slavery-like practice” that needed to be destroyed to bring about equality between men and women.  The “heart of radical feminism” designed to save women, was now on a mission to destroy not only marriage, but in the process – families.

Mainstreaming the Anti-Marriage Message Around the World.

Since the 1970s, the radical feminist message was mainstreamed throughout the American culture, having a detrimental influence on the intellectual formation of millions of students. The next generation of radical feminists have in turn taken up the cause and taken the battle to the halls of the United Nations. The United Nations process becomes the catalyst to spreading the anti-marriage, anti-family message internationally through official documents and treaties, like CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Discrimination Against Women.  If signed and ratified, nations become enslaved by appointed councils that demand the radical changes espoused by those whose ultimate goal is to destroy families and those who stand in the way. Women’s rights are promoted as human rights and include abortion – disguised as a health and reproductive right.

In a world where developing countries continue to experience higher than normal rates of death during delivery, lack of education for women, female infanticide and sex-selective abortion, radical feminists prefer to mainstream “genderless societies” to vulnerable and often unaware nations.

As an example, recent women’s rights legislation, masquerading as the “Magna Carta of Women,” is making its way through the Philippine Congress. UN radical feminists, rumored to have written most of the language, have managed to inject anti-family and anti-life policy that conflicts with the Philippine Constitution that protects “the sanctity of family life” as well as protecting the “life of the unborn from conception.”  The language in the Magna Carta is almost exactly what was used by CEDAW Compliance members in a 1994 UN report that creates confusion between the nation’s culture, laws and constitution and this new law regarding women’s rights.

The radical feminist movement of false truth would have the women of the world believe that men and religion are corrupt, marriage is slavery and bearing and raising children is beneath them. The reality is most women agree and want the right to be educated, vote, own property and be treated as an equal in marriage by the law. But, the feminists have taken the battle of women’s rights to a new low. Their agenda does not take into account that women are part of a family and families are the bedrock of a good and healthy society.

The Truth About Marriage and Family

While radical feminists see marriage as a “patriarchal” institution that harms women and children, the facts are mothers who give birth and raise children outside of a stable marriage are seven times more likely to live in poverty.

  • Over 80 percent of child poverty in the United States is within divorced or single-family households.
  • Domestic violence is most common in cohabiting households. And mothers who do not marry are twice as likely to suffer from domestic violence as mothers who are or have been married.
  • Social science research continually confirms that the effects of marriage and intact families are overwhelmingly positive for men, women, children, communities and society.
  • Some of the benefits of intact families are: greater health, longer lives, more education, and higher income, less domestic violence, less poverty, less crime, less addiction, less teenage pregnancies, and less depression.

So, the question remains, has the feminist movement advanced the cause of women by bringing greater equality and freedom to dissolve unhappy marriages and independence in family life, and more career opportunities – or not?

The answer is simple and devastating. Divorce has generated new forms of inequality for women by way of greater economic insecurity and poverty. Divorce has transformed women from haves to have-nots. Divorce has not moved women closer to the social goal of gender equality. Instead, women now bear double responsibility for breadwinning and child-rearing – and most do it alone.  Women are now working harder and falling further behind. Divorce rates have increased as have welfare rolls.

Between the years 1950 and 1996, the annual divorce rate increased by 89 percent, while the annual marriage rate among unmarried women age 15 and older decreased by 45 percent.

  • States with a lower percentage of single-parent families, on average, will have lower rates of juvenile crime. State-by-state analysis indicates that, in general, a ten-percent increase in the number of children living in single-parent homes (including divorces) accompanies a seventeen-percent increase in juvenile crime.
  • Married couples and their families have much higher incomes and greater assets than do single adults or single-parent households
  • Women want to be a functional part of a healthy, good society where they can learn and grow and raise a family. They do not want to be misled by the radical agenda of a few who would rather destroy the family.

United Families International will be attending the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) in March. It is there that we will be fighting again to promote and protect a future for the family. The radical feminists will be out in force and your support is needed. Help us to spread the truth to the nations of the world and ensure every child will have a family with a mother and a father to belong to.
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International Petition to Protect Life


Life is precious wherever it is found.  Protect Life.  –Beetle Blogger

On December 10, 2008 a Pro-Life coalition including United Families International gathered at the UN to present a Pro-Life petition.  The reason for the petition was two fold:


  1. To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  2. In response to a Pro-Abortion petition presented by Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International

The Pro-Life petition contained over 340,000 names gathered over a 60 day period, while the opposition petition claimed 651 names in nearly a year of work.  Due to the relatively short amount of time that the Pro-Life petition was available, United Families International and the Pro-Life coalition have decided to keep the petition open until September 2009 when it will be re-presented to the UN.  We invite all who believe in the sanctity of life to add their names to the International Petition to Protect Life.

The petition requests that all member nations and states interpret the UNDHR to mean that:

The right to life, liberty and security is for every person; that each child born or unborn, has the right to birth and a full, natural life. That a child has the right to a mother and a father, of full age, within the bonds of marriage defined as between a man and a woman.  And, that the parents have the right to raise and educate their children without any limitation due to race, religion, culture or nationality.

CLICK HERE to add your name to the petition and join Pro-Lifers around the globe in protecting life.