This is not the script that George Soros and his minions intended to come out of IOF’s World Congress of Families XIII conference in Verona, Italy back in 2019.
It was in the City of Love, the picturesque setting for Shakespeare’s fictional Romeo and Juliet love story, where a young mother and rising Italian politician would deliver her first major international keynote speech focused on social issues. This was IOF’s thirteenth World Congress of Families gathering, what’s been called “the preeminent global gathering of scholars, policy-makers, and activists who care about the natural family.” IOF was partnering with key members of the then-ruling coalition controlling Itay’s parliament to co-sponsor the event.
A number of prominent ministers would address the overflow crowd. One of those ministers, Giorgia Meloni, stole the show and electrified the audience with her full-throated defense of the natural family and embrace of family values. The speech would firmly establish Ms. Meloni as a political star, someone capable of inspiring and leading a nationwide movement of pro-family conservatives and center-right supporters.
Giorgia Meloni’s march from WCF XIII has been three years in the making, and this past Sunday she made history. Ms. Meloni’s coalition of center-right groups won a stunning nationwide electoral victory and its architect is expected to soon become Italy’s first female Prime Minister.
Soros didn’t want Meloni, or any other speaker for that matter, to have any audience, let alone a national one. When word went out that IOF was working with key conservative elements of the ruling Italian government to sponsor WCF XIII in Verona, the network funded by George Soros went berserk. They orchestrated an unprecedented series of attacks on IOF and its leadership, accusing the respected pro-family nonprofit of being a “hate group” and called its leaders “fascists.” Hundreds of newspaper articles were written by leftist publications condemning the gathering and calling on it to be cancelled. Italy’s Prime Minister weighed into the controversy, calling IOF’s views on social policy “medieval.” Group after leftist group demanded that any Italian politician invited to speak pull out of the conference. When that didn’t work, a reported twenty thousand protesters were transported to Verona to surround the event venue and try to shut down the Congress by force. That didn’t work either and WCF XIII went off as planned.
The unprecedented attack against IOF and its World Congress of Families gathering and the attempt to censor the organization and invited speakers and guests was a frequent topic of those who addressed the crowd. Ms. Meloni called the overflow crowd, “the best response you could have given to the protestors…Thank you for not giving in. Thank you for the courage. Thank you for the determination, not just today but for many years. Your work, along with the work of many other associations, has helped to keep alive certain issues that were destined to be removed from politics—you have kept them alive, active, and present.”
Meloni then electrified her audience with an impassioned, full-throated defense of the family and family values, extolling the virtues of traditional marriage, opposing gender ideology including the use of puberty blockers and “transitioning” children, rejecting late term abortions, rejecting commercial surrogacy – the selling of a womb “to two rich men,” and defending the right of women to desire to be mothers in addition to whatever other roles they choose for their families. (See the related article, “Giorgia Meloni in her own words.”)
Ms. Meloni also had choice words for those who would marginalize the views of pro-family supporters by characterizing them as coming from medieval times. “You know, the Middle Ages was also the time of the cathedrals and the abbeys, the founding of the comuni, the universities, the parliament, the epoch of Dante, Petrach, Boccaccio, Saint Francis, Saint Benedict. People who don’t know where Matera is, let’s not expect them to have read history books.”
Giorgia Meloni is a pro-family champion and will soon be one of the most powerful leaders of the world. Ironically – and unfortunately for George Soros – her electoral victory, borne in part by her thrilling speech at IOF’s last World Congress gathering (WCF XIII), came in the very same week that IOF will kick off its next World Congress of Families gathering in Mexico City (WCF XIV) beginning on September 30.
I can’t help but wonder what rising star, what previously little-known person of insight and character will emerge at WCF XIV in Mexico City to join Ms. Meloni on the world stage as a next-generation, articulate, impassioned, genuine and inspiring pro-family leader.
No, this was not the script that George Soros had in mind at all.