Traveling around the world for World Congress of Families events, I’ve had the great blessing to become friends to many leaders of the pro-family movement. Whether in Paris or Kiev, Washington, DC or Taiwan, the one constant refrain in our conversations is how much the dominant media has failed to fairly treat—either willfully or not—our work. From outright lies attempting to depict pro-family groups as hateful, to blatant disrespect for people of faith, to simple failure to even try to understand us—around the world the story is the same.
While Hungary, Poland, and other Eastern European states lift themselves out of the communist past and move in the direction of a pro-family future, the New York Times and other “mainstream” outlets are befuddled. They can’t understand why protecting the family should be a priority in these post-communist countries.
Likewise, when Africans rise up against the attempts to redefine family and normalize abortion, there is stunning silence in the mainstream press. The palpable anger in Africa at attempts to link aid to “Liberal” (read here pro-abortion and pro-redefinition of marriage) policy changes is trivialized, with little honest journalism investigating what is behind the story.
Everywhere the MSM’s anti-family bias is obvious for anyone who cares to look. So what do we do?
The launch of our own news network, ifamnews.com is our response. Our goal is nothing less than to build the first truly global pro-family and pro-life news outlet. Just as we have united tens of thousands of leaders from around the world in our World Congress of Families events, we will create an online global pro-family community of readers who can trust us as a source.
Our theme for the last World Congress of Families, held in the magical Verona, Italy was The Wind of Change: Europe and the Global Pro-Family Movement. We chose this title to highlight that a new force is emerging; that as bad as things may seem, support for the family is growing. And this is true beyond Europe. Around the world, in radically different cultures, people are coming to the same conclusion: that without the next generation there is no future, that the natural family is the best for economic, political, and social flourishing. The launch of ifamnews.com rides upon these winds of change and seeks to bring that message to even more people, so that the global pro-family movement will continue to strengthen and grow.