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Family scholar Carlson optimistic about marriage’s future

Catholic World News - October 07, 2010

In a National Marriage Day address delivered in Australia, Allan Carlson, founder of the World Congress of Families and president of the Howard Center, expressed optimism about the future of marriage as the lifelong union between a man and a woman.

“Chesterton, as usual for him, was an optimist about the future of marriage,” said Carlson. In the end, he held, the totalitarians-- the social engineers-- would always retreat before the inherent strength of the four-legged creature formed by natural marriage.” He continued:

And so it has been in the past: in the end, the French Revolutionaries failed; so did the Communists in Russia: so did the German National Socialists; and so did the Maoists in China. In their time, each seemed to be unstoppable; each appeared to represent the inevitable future. Yet in every case, they collapsed or retreated, because they violated human nature.

Those who seek to deconstruct marriage today are, it is true, more clever than their predecessors … their propaganda machine is much more effective. Their promises are more seductive. And they sometimes seem unstoppable. However, I am confident that they too will fail, and for the same reason: they misunderstand the nature of the human being.

So go forward with confidence as you work to rebuild in Australia a culture of natural marriage. Human nature, innate human longings, human biology, and human history are all on your side.

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