World Congress of Families IX: Millennials encouraged to reverse societal shift away from family life

Millennials gather at the World Congress for the Families to listen to speakers discuss pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-family movements.
Millennials gather at the World Congress of Families to listen to speakers discuss pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-family movements. (Danica Baird)

Hundreds of millennials were inspired by leaders of the pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-family movements to take a stand in their communities at a breakfast on the opening day of the World Congress of Families IX.

Alissa Golob from Canada and the “Campaign Life” movement shared the story of her mother to help stress why she chose to get involved in the pro-life movement.

Golob’s mother underwent an unexpected pregnancy in her first year of college and was told by the doctor he could arrange an abortion for her.

“All my mom needed to do was say one simple word and I wouldn’t be here today,” Golob said. “I really value my life and consider myself a survivor of the abortion generation in Canada.”

There is currently no law against abortion in Canada, according to Golob. A woman can be nine months pregnant and be in the process of giving birth and still abort the baby without any legal consequences.

“There are more babies being killed around the world than there are with any other genocide and with any other human rights injustice throughout history,” Golob said.

Golob invited all in attendance to do something every day to help stand for pro-life.

Jennifer Murff, a Regent University PhD candidate, followed Golob and spoke about the current disintegration of marriage among the millennial generation.

“While the nation has been fighting to defend, define, or redefine what marriage is, a large percent of our generation doesn’t even believe in marriage,” Murff said. “What if we fought for marriage as hard as the LGBTQ community has fought for same-sex marriage? The LGBTQ community has fought for an institution that our generation has given up.”

Twenty-five percent of millennials don’t want to get married and 40 percent believe that the vow “’til death due us part,” should be abolished, according to Murff.

“Marriage is becoming exticnt and our generation is leading the way,” Murff said. “The cry for our generation is to stand for what we’re for, not just what we’re against.”

The concluding speaker was Alexey Komov, who is the World Congress of Families representative for Russia. Komov spoke on the importance of the pro-family movement.

Using examples of the radical revolutions in Russia that occurred in the 1920s, he analyzed the adverse effects of these political ideologies on his country. Primarily, he described the Marxists theorists in the 1920s who sought to abolish the institution of religion and the family.

There were more than 100,000 churches in Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution, he said. Twenty years later, there were only 100 churches. However, Russia has built more than 30,000 new churches in the last 20 years, according to Komov. He used this example to show how the attack on religion is beginning to be reversed in his country.

He described how the ideas from the 1920s — that to liberate humanity, society needed to liberate sexual instincts — are also being rejected. Specifically, he discussed how Russia currently prohibits the aggressive propaganda of the LGBTQ movement to minors.

“The theory goes that you need to liberate yourself from your gender identity, which is the current front of the battle,” Komov said. “But the last and ultimate liberation of those thinkers would be that humanity needs to liberate themselves from the human nature itself. The same lobbyists that are attacking freedom of speech and religious freedom now have serious plans to liberate humans from the human nature itself.”

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