Book Pushes Family Culture; Seeks Relevant Law Reforms

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Book Pushes Family Culture; Seeks Relevant Law Reforms


Byline: Cheryl Wetzstein, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Reforming "no-fault" divorce laws and changing tax policies to recognize the value of stay-at-home parents are just two ways that America can become a "family-centered" culture, authors of a new book say.

The United States struggles with family issues because it lost a "generally shared vision of what a family is," said Allan Carlson, co-author of "The Natural Family: A Manifesto," on Friday at a Heritage Foundation event.

The new book remedies this confusion with its "story of the family," Mr. Carlson said. It also contains 15 guiding principles about "authentic" and "natural" love, marriage and family formation; the value of childbearing and extended family; and the healthy interaction of family, work, service, community and a free, democratic civilization.

The book was written out of "a disturbing sense that we lost the culture war," said co-author Paul T. Mero, a former Capitol Hill aide who is now president of the Sutherland Institute in Salt Lake City.

The goal was to delve into the issues and develop intellectual doctrines that "might resuscitate the movement and reverse our losses," Mr. Mero said. It's an "anthem for the political, pro-family, conservative movement."

The manifesto was written by Mr. Carlson and Mr. Mero two years ago and expanded to a book-length version in time for this spring's World Congress of Families IV, held in Poland. …

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