Parents the primary educators of their children

March 24, 2015 09:00 AM

By Dr. Thomas Ward

It is a challenge to our families to replace today’s dominant culture of death with all its attacks on human normality: on life, love, sexuality, marriage, family, and indeed Christianity itself. A culture enforced on our families at home and brutally imposed upon the families in poor countries abroad. It is also a culture of planned demographic collapse.

The only protectors of children from the imposition of the values of this culture are their parents, their primary educators who, as in Germany and Sweden, will increasingly have little moral alternative to civil disobedience and imprisonment.

But do not despair of us in the West. Many of us oppose this madness.

As a family doctor, I have worked over forty years to defend the family and families . . . I am convinced that the root of the culture of death is the artificial separation in sexual intercourse of love, the unitive from life, the procreative in contraception.

This separation of life from love has spread from contraception, to in vitro fertilization, and now logically and even theologically to homosexual “marriage.”

And contraception is associated with a rise, not a fall, in the abortion rate . . .  and hormonal contraceptives have been known to have an intrinsic abortifacient pharmacological action since 1926!

Contraception alienates life from love in a second and unrecognized way.

Secret contraceptive indoctrination and provision to children without parental knowledge or consent, by governments, often at the behest of undemocratic pressure groups separate our children from our protective love. 

But if we parents contracept, how can we convincingly protect our children from contraception?

Revealingly both separations are promoted by one of the largest multinationals in the world, the birth control lobby.


In 1922 Lenin initiated what was to become the Frankfurt School of Western cultural Marxism. His intention: to destroy the obstacle of Western Christian culture. The methods: the use of sexual instinct and overwhelming negative destructive cultural criticism. They targeted our families against the background of growing liberalism in church and state.

The same message, different messengers: “Communist society will take upon itself all the duties involved in the education of a child.” (1920 Alexandra Kollontai, the first Soviet People’s Commissar for Social Welfare Kommunistka Communism and the Family)

Compare this with: “Children have to be freed from . . . religious and other cultural ‘prejudices’ forced upon them by parents, civil and religious authorities […] sex education should be introduced in the 4th grade, (i.e., 9 to 10) eliminating ‘the ways of elders’ by force if necessary.” (Brock Chisholm, the first director of the World Health Organization in 1948, The Psychiatry of Enduring Peace and Social Progress 1946. Valerie Riches in Sex Education or Indoctrination? London, 2004; Revised and reprinted version of Sex & Social Engineering 1986). 

Compare this with: “It is now the privilege of the parental state to take major decisions—objective, unemotional, the state weighs up what is best for the child.” (Lady Helen Brook, The Times 16 February 1980)

Helen Brook started the “secret” provision of contraceptives to the young, the very first step in the usurping of parental rights on education and medication.

Compare with: “Parents—the most dangerous people of all.” (A Family Planning Association spokeswoman—The Times, 5 April 1974, ref: Valerie Riches, Sex & Social Engineering, 1986)

Compare it with: The British Government 1974 instruction prepared with the advice of the birth control lobby that prohibited doctors from contacting “parents of a child of whatever age” when she requested contraceptives.

When a parent challenged this, the law lords ruled that when a doctor decided a child fully understood what was proposed the child could consent to all treatments and parents’ rights stopped. This now covers abortion.

Compare it with: The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women which instructed nations to ensure the right to sexual education, to contraception, and abortion for girls and adolescents without parental knowledge or consent.

Please understand that IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) is the nerve centre of the world reproductive law reform, and is based in London. London is the centre of common law jurisdiction which covers one third of humanity, the former British Empire.

IPPF operates in 189 countries including Russia.

Parents . . . from legal outcasts to outlaws.

Because of same sex marriage legislation, Catholic adoption agencies, caring in loco parentis for our most vulnerable Catholic children, have been outlawed.

The [UK] Education Act 1996 imposes a duty on state schools, including religious schools, to teach about marriage. With the legalizing of same sex “marriage,” parents who object to this being taught in general classes have no right to withdraw their children. The school, because of its legal obligation to promote equality, is itself obliged to refuse permission.

Because of same sex marriage legislation the exercising of the parental primary right to educate has been outlawed.

And on the teaching of Christian sexual morality in schools the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has said: “A curriculum which teaches a particular religion’s doctrinal beliefs as if they were objectively true . . . is likely to lead to unjustifiable discrimination.”

Because of same sex marriage legislation the right to teach Christian sexual morality as objective truth in educational institutions has been outlawed.

Never before in the history of free men has our human right to be the primary educators of our children been removed. It is a right enshrined in Genesis, in the New Testament, in the doctrine of the Orthodox and of the Catholic Church, in Aristotle and the Universal Declaration of the Human rights. It must be enshrined in all of our national constitutions.

Ladies and gentlemen, the demographic recovery of your great country will depend disproportionately on generous large families. But they need enforced legal guarantees of their God-given inalienable human right as the primary educators.

Through these families Russia will, please God, become a Christian beacon of hope to all humanity.

A new civilization of love and life will begin.

It will be our civilisation.

It will be God’s civilisation.

Christian Families of Russia, thank you.

Dr. Thomas Ward is the vice president and founder of the National Association of Catholic Families. This article was given as a talk at the International Forum of the Large Family and the Future of Humanity in Moscow in September 2014.

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