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When families are healthy, society is healthy

If we take a sweeping look at the history of civilization, we will find that the family has always been the foundation of societies. Noted historians Will and Ariel Durant have said, “The family is the nucleus of civilization.”

God designed families to be led by one husband and one wife and comprised of their children and dependents. If anything is added to or subtracted from this natural formula, families, children, and society suffer.

Undoubtedly, bad things will happen to families: death, disease, and divorce. But our goal individually and as a society should be to maintain the natural, time-tested traditional family — because this is generally best for the welfare of the greatest number of people.

Adoption

All orphaned, unwanted or unborn children deserve loving homes, and there is no shortage of married couples eager to adopt them. But in our relativistic age, where marriage is seen as passé and gender confusion abounds, some cohabiting couples want to adopt in order to create a family.

When the state becomes involved in the “creation” of that family, the vulnerable children who cannot be cared for by their biological parents need as stable an environment as possible.

A stable home environment is “in the best interest of the child.” Generally speaking, nontraditional couples do not provide the stability and the basis for the development of proper gender identity to the same degree and in the same way as married moms and dads.

Experience shows that while moms and dads aren’t perfect, they provide the optimal conditions for a child’s spiritual, psychological and personal development. With so many married couples today on waiting lists to adopt unwanted unborn children, there is no need to conduct a risky social experiment with children by placing them with two parents who have not made a marriage commitment.
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Donor Babies

The United States alone has a fertility industry that brings in $3.3 billion annually. Meanwhile, “fertility tourism” has taken off as a booming global trade.  In the U.S., an estimated 30,000-60,000 children are born each year through sperm donation, but this number is only an educated guess. Neither the industry nor any other entity in the U.S. is required to report on these vital statistics. 

While donation may create the baby that the adult desires, is it in the best interest of the child so conceived?  The data seems to indicate that it is not.

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Educational Concerns

Parents have the God-given responsibility to raise their children according to their beliefs and convictions.

FACT supports the rights of parents to determine how and what their children will be taught, and to shape the environment in which they will receive their education. Additionally, teachers shape the thinking of children for a lifetime and are entrusted by parents to model the critical thinking and spirit of free inquiry needed to succeed in the world.

Parents, students, and teachers are under assault from those who would take away their constitutional rights. FACT is working to protect those rights.

BULLYING

The State of Tennessee has adopted policies that prohibit all forms of bullying for any reason, however, the law could allow local school districts to establish anti-bullying policies that promote a particular political agenda or that protects some children at the expense of others.

FACT supports laws and policies that protect all students, regardless of their beliefs, both from bullying and from suppression of their freedom of speech and right to religious expression.

INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM

FACT supports academic freedom for both students and teachers in all subjects. This includes creating an environment that encourages the development of critical thinking skills and allows free inquiry, by both students and teachers, into arguments or controversies surrounding the subject matter being taught.

SEX EDUCATION

Sex education is part of the Tennessee state school curriculum, but how sex ed is taught can have a dramatic impact on a child’s future. FACT supports sex ed programs that give an accurate view of the consequences of sexual behavior.

Unfortunately, current state law does not ensure that all children will be told the truth about sex.
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Same-Sex Parenting

The claim that same-sex parenting households are just as good as married, biological parents, is not supported by any substantial evidence and is almost certainly false. Empirical studies indicate some problems with same-sex parenting, and inductive reasons give further cause for concern.


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Legislative Victories

2012

FACT creates legislation considered the “strongest pro-abstinence law in the nation” by the National Abstinence Education Association that provides recourse for parents whose children experience something egregious in state sex education courses.

FACT brings legislation that encourages science teachers to develop critical thinking skills of students regarding evolution, making Tennessee the second state in the nation to pass such a bill.

Find out what FACT is doing to fight for families in Tennessee.

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