Someone asked me what I personally thought the highlight was for the World Congress of Families IX (WCF9), Salt Lake City, Utah.

My answer is simple. Meeting people who are passionate for building the best future for our children.

Our children do best when raised by a married mother and father. Thousands of studies show this to be the case. To quote Rebecca O’Neill from Civitas. “The weight of evidence indicates that the traditional family, based upon a married father and mother is still the best environment for raising children.”

Being with three thousand other delegates who are equally passionate for children and supporting mothers and fathers to be the best they can be for their children is an exhilarating experience, to say the least.

Why so exhilarating you might ask?

Unfortunately, if you want to put children first, and promote the right of the child to its own biological mother and father, as the WCF9 has done this is now regarded as hate speech by the so called mainstream media.

Right now, even the scientific biological reality is being questioned under the new gender ideology. This ideology is a euphemism for the concept that gender is a social construct and you can be whatever gender you want to be. Even Facebook is promoting the lie, and allows 51 gender options.

Such gender confusion can lead to gender disorientation pathology. Our children are the ones who pay the price when society peddles such nonsense. Children thrive on equal doses of both the masculine and the feminine.

I had the privilege of presenting with several authorities on the family at WCF9. Dr Jenet Jacob Erickson, a professor at a University in Salt Lake City, titled her session ‘Dads Don’t Mother and Mums Don’t Father: the distinctive influence of mothers and fathers on children’s development’. To quote from her paper on the subject-

“When M. Azim Surani set out in the late 1970s to create new mammalian life by combining two sets of a mother’s genes or two sets of a father’s genes, he was confident he could do so. The development of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) made it possible to combine two sets of a mother’s genes and give the egg the correct number of chromosomes before implanting it into a female to grow. As science reporter Paul Raeburn describes, “Everything that was then known about genetics suggested that such an egg, even though all of its genes came from females, should develop normally.”

But the eggs with only the mother’s genes could not survive. Similarly, when Surani implanted two sets of a father’s genes, the eggs could not survive. His conclusion, as described by Raeburn (2014), was that, “Mothers and fathers each contributed something with their genes that marked them as ‘paternal’ or ‘maternal’ – and that both were essential to the survival of the fertilised egg.” These “paternal” and “maternal” genes appeared completely indistinguishable in every way, yet expressed themselves differently depending on whether they came from the mother or the father. . .

Both fathers and mothers make important and distinct contributions to children’s cognitive development and educational achievements. Mothers’ more verbal, teaching-oriented and emotionally sensitive interactions are the central influence on neural development and cognitive functioning in young children. In turn, fathers’ distinct psychological orientations and styles of interaction are important in cognitive abilities that include vocabulary development, openness to the outside world, risk-taking, independence, and likelihood of educational accomplishments.

The findings provide a social science context for the conclusion that a child’s inability to be raised by a loving mother and father is a “loss that cannot be measured”. Mothers do not father and fathers do not mother. Each emerges as a unique source of distinct and important, if not critical, nurturing in the development of children.”

So you can see my joy at being able to present in The World Congress of Families with men and women who display such profound common sense about the importance of fathers and mothers.

Thankfully Germaine Greer who I don’t always agree with has displayed some profound common sense by pointing out the obvious that men cannot be women. She has been vilified and attacked just like the World Congress of Families has for stating and believing the obvious. Thankfully she is not backing down. Nor should we.

Common sense is not that common anymore but for our children’s sake we need to make it more so.

Families are important. Mothers and fathers are important. Winston Churchill once said, “Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a woman-no superior alternative has yet been found.” So we join with the World Congress of Families presenter who said, “We salute La Familia.”


Affirm your sons and daughters this week. Tell them that masculinity and femininity is a special gift and you are proud of them just as they are. They need to hear it direct from you.

Yours for La Familia

Warwick Marsh

Published On: November 1st, 20150 Comments

About the Author: Warwick Marsh

Warwick Marsh has been married to Alison Marsh since 1975; they have five children and nine grandchildren, and he and his wife live in Wollongong in NSW, Australia. He is a family and faith advocate, social reformer, musician, TV producer, writer and public speaker. Warwick is a leader in the Men’s and Family Movement, and he is well-known in Australia for his advocacy for children, marriage, manhood, family, fatherhood and faith. Warwick is passionate to encourage men to be great fathers and to know the greatest Father of all. The Father in Whom “there is no shadow of turning.”

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